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New setup after the move: Critique and information.

For short periods of relaxation during this summer when I am in two escrows selling my old house and buying a new one, studying for my MBA, & all the other fun transitions for an interstate move, I've been thinking about what my new setup will be:

Tank: 125G standard.

Substrate Eco-Complete Dark 1"
I looking for a 3-4 year setup without much change. Should I put some MGO under or just stick with the Eco-complete?


10lb canister
Cerges Reactor -- (looking up different models) - Any recommendations on best design?
Needle valve
Regulator ---Large spread of prices for these from the beer ones to some pretty expensive ones. Recommendations?
CO2 tubing.
What do I use as a timer to turn the CO2 off and on?

Lighting : LED under a hood. My wife likes the look of the tank with the hood on it. What degree angle should I look for for the LED. It will be mounted no more than 2" above the tank.

Plant list: Still debating this one. I'm looking for a mix of textures, colors and habits to give the tank some character.


Staurogyne repens (if I can find it)

Mid Ground:

Blyxa japonica
Alternanthera reineckii
Hydrocotyle leucocephala


Camboba furcata
limnophila aromatica
myriophyllum propinquum
hygrophila corymbosa
hygrophila polysperma

Driftwood: - The cherry tree branch is staying. I might look at collecting some manzinita from Northern CA as I drive through.

Rocks - Previous owner put it a massive pond in the back yard. (see attached picture). They left some of the round river rocks in the flower beds poorly arranged. I think I can use some of them for an interesting arrangement.


Rams (bolivian or German depending upon the water quality tests).

Fertilizer dosing - E.I. but I might change it depending upon the difficulty of water changes in the new house.

Flooring - crawlspace with the joist running the wrong way. I'll have to add in some support under it. I check it out with the inspector during the house inspection. Spiders crawling down my neck fun... At least there is almost a 3' clearance. Enough room to move around more easily.

An now for the gratuitous pond shot. Might be a little bit happy about this one.

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