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First planted tank supply list

Hello everyone, let me just introduce myself. My name is Keith, I'm from upstate ny. I just got into aquariums a few months ago. I own a small business and placed a 30 g inside of an old box tv. It looks great, and is a huge hit, but now I've been looking at planted tanks, and aquascapes all over and I'm in love. I'd like to do another 30 gal and slide it inside a tv. So I've assembled a supply list if you guys could look it over and give me any advice. Cost is not a real issue. But space is. This entire setup must be efficient and compact. And also idiot proof. Any input would be appreciated as I don't want to make any major blunders right from the start. I've done a fair amount of research, but there is a lot to learn, and much of it seems to come from experience. Here goes.

29gal tank (petco selling them a buck a gal)
aquasoil (open to suggestions)
Finnex ray 2 30" light x2 (if they'll fit)
fluval 306 can filter
hydor inline heater
Dr Foster fully automated co2 system (Do I need a co2 system? Is this overkill? Please help?)

I'm going to keep my first grow reletively simple. Covering with dwarf baby tears, and building a tree on a hill with driftwood/java moss. Plus obv some other smaller stuff. The water where I live is fairly hard. Constant 7.5. It seems like I'll have to lower the ph to do this well. Will this fully automated co2 system allow me to adjust the ph of the water where I need it full time? THanks fort your help in advance!
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I believe that PH is fine. Not AS low as you might like it to be, but not really high either.
Finnex doesn't list a 30" on their PAR charts for the RayII.
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=189944

But on the 36" one they do and 60 PAR will double/w two of them in a tank only 12"
from front to back. So yes you very much need CO2 in there/w two of those.
You might use the Planted+ if the RayII actually doesn't come in 30" and yes you
will need the CO2/w two of those also. Actually you would need it/w one of either
of those lights in a single fixture @ that depth.

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How limited is the space that you have? If you can run a CO2 system and a canister filter then it sounds like you have plenty of room.
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Finnex doesn't list a 30" on their PAR charts for the RayII.
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=189944

But on the 36" one they do and 60 PAR will double/w two of them in a tank only 12"
from front to back. So yes you very much need CO2 in there/w two of those.
You might use the Planted+ if the RayII actually doesn't come in 30" and yes you
will need the CO2/w two of those also. Actually you would need it/w one of either
of those lights in a single fixture @ that depth.
The 30" Ray2 is the same as a 24" Ray2 with a longer housing. That's why the Finnex PAR ratings only include the 24"
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High tech tanks need a dosing pump! I don't get the point of going high tech/high light and still do manual fertilization. It should be automated regardless of your preferred dosing regiment.

The DP-4 Jebao dosing pumps which go for around $80 are a steal. I am using that for my build and it simplifies the fertilization which is a must for high tech / high light tanks.

The following are also misc equipment that you will end up getting:

1. Programmable power strips / Digital timers / Power Bar
2. Drop checker
3. ATO system
4. Ferts - get the entire set of dry ferts and not wait for the algae to grow before you get it.
5. Test kits - GH/KH + Saltwater Master kit from API since it has the phosphate kit.
6. PH meter/ Temp sensor or probe.

I saw the Dr Foster's C02 setup. For the price you might want to look into a custom C02 regulator (dual stage) and get the other equipment separately. It might cost more but it will save you in the long run. The dual stage regulators will give you flexibility when it comes to your c02 injection method. Ex. Diffuser VS Reactor.


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High tech tanks need a dosing pump! I don't get the point of going high tech/high light and still do manual fertilization. It should be automated regardless of your preferred dosing regiment.

The DP-4 Jebao dosing pumps which go for around $80 are a steal. I am using that for my build and it simplifies the fertilization which is a must for high tech / high light tanks.

The following are also misc equipment that you will end up getting:

1. Programmable power strips / Digital timers / Power Bar
2. Drop checker
3. ATO system
4. Ferts - get the entire set of dry ferts and not wait for the algae to grow before you get it.
5. Test kits - GH/KH + Saltwater Master kit from API since it has the phosphate kit.
6. PH meter/ Temp sensor or probe.



I saw the Dr Foster's C02 setup. For the price you might want to look into a custom C02 regulator (dual stage) and get the other equipment separately. It might cost more but it will save you in the long run. The dual stage regulators will give you flexibility when it comes to your c02 injection method. Ex. Diffuser VS Reactor.
Thanks for the helpful reply! This is the first I've heard of a drop checker or an ato system. I'll look into it. Can you recomend a quality ph meter? And also point me in the direction of building a custom dual stage co2 system? Also thanks for pointing out the dosin pump. I'll add that to my list!

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