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29 gallon oceanic biocube

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Hello, im starting my first planted tank in less that 5 weeks and am currently gathering my needed supplies. I've currently purchased a 15 pound bag of black flourite sand, 20 pounds of black tahitian sand, and a medium sized net. I'm purchasing a 29 gallon biocube, and am going to switch out the actinic (Sp?) with another 10,000k 36 wat straight pin bulb. I also have the hopes of using on using Api root tabs as well as Hagen Plant Grow Natural System (Includes CO2). I'd really love to have dwarf baby tears or dwarf hairgrass so it has a nice carpet, as well as some taller, nice looking plants. I'm going to set the tank up with mixed flourite and sand, with a few rock decorations, and hopefully (Crossing my fingers) some nice driftwood. I really do need help with plant choice and timing matters, so suggestions would be greatly apprecitated.

As for the fish i plan on keeping two fantail goldfish with airstones running at night so the fish arent poisened by the co2. Any suggestions for the fish or any help at all for me?
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would i have to use silicone to attach the airline tubing to the bottles, and is a bubble counter also neccesary? Also how would I disperse the Co2? Using an airstone sounds like it could be possible or use another diffuser method similar to a glass diffuser?
 

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My concerns with only using one bulb on the biocube will limit my choice of plants. As i said, i really would enjoy a carpeting plant such as dwarf hairgrass, or dwarf baby tears. I have alot of time dedicated to my fish now, since the goldfish my parents purchased me are only in a 10 gallon, the best i could find at my local store in such a short period of time, due to them trying to have me keep them in a small one gallon, as most fish keepers know that goldfish require 20 gallons for the first plus 10 for the second and so on, im very experienced with tropical, and cold water fish, as well as some rarer types of fish such as sharky my 12 year old black labeo in a 75 gallon, unplanted, with a few glowlight tetras (Personnaly the MEANEST fish i have ever owned, they had my poor betta running scared).
I really would love to see the two of them swimming freely in a larger tank munching on some taller plants, so thats were the lighting becomes an issue. Most of my whole part time jobs' salery is dedicated to my fish hobby, so although i refuse to buy an actual co2 system, i have plenty of time, space, and cashflow to support my new tank and the inhabitants of plant and fish alike.
 

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So one bulb it is~ that sure saves me money, thank you hoppy very much for your insight! And yes sharkfood, they do loooove eating plants. I use to have a pond that kept many shubunkin, comet, and fantail goldfish and once a week i would feed them lettuce and other odds and ends that theyd grown to love munching on. Sadly Dumbledor, my female fantail, seems to be very picky on what she eats, and even then Shaboopy follows her lead, so hopefully they will only pick a few plants to munch on and the rest shall be fine. Even if they do decide they love the taste of all the aquatic plants, i wont mind, ill think of them as rescaping their home to their liking. The tank is bassicaly for them, and the plants are just a second thought kind of thing, thats why i dont want to have a pressurized co2 system. :)
 
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