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Hey guys,
This will be my first FW planted tank. I have been into reefs for over eight years now and would like to try something new. I really enjoy smaller tanks so I will be sticking to that.

Equipment :
Do!Aqua 12" Tank
Glass Lily Pipes
Nano Box 12" LED Unit
Eheim 2211 Canister Filter
Cal Aqua Bubble Counter + Drop Checker
DIY CO2 Regulator Set Up

Like I said I am new to all of this and of course the ADA stuff is appealing for the substrate. Is there anything else? I am looking into a Iwagami set up or a simple driftwood/rock set up. I am leaning towards the Iwagami.

I should be receiving everything with in the next few days.

Here are the few photo's I already have.


Nano Box Unit

Mounting Hardware not installed yet


More to come! Also any advise and help is welcomed! I want to learn!

-Dave
 

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Thanks! I am looking into the Amazonia ADA substrate.

It will have legs. The mounting hardware is not installed yet. It uses Rebel ES LED's ( 3w ) and puts out some serious PAR if needed. The drivers are completely dimmable.

Here is a PAR video over a reef.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6026157114/in/photostream

As you can see no problem. ;) More than likely it will only run 20-40%.

-Dave
 

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Thanks guys. I would rather start off with good equipment rather than wishing I had bought it before!

I will look into that substrate. As for them is there anything else I need? I see in the ADA videos that they put a *********** down before laying the other stuff on top. I understand its for the plants but is it needed?

Thanks for the help!

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Thanks guys. I would rather start off with good equipment rather than wishing I had bought it before!

I will look into that substrate. As for them is there anything else I need? I see in the ADA videos that they put a *********** down before laying the other stuff on top. I understand its for the plants but is it needed?

Thanks for the help!

-Dave

Not needed at all. Aqua soil is all you need.
 

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As someone who's used both, Aquasoil >>> Fluval Stratum. In fact, I'd use plain old sand before I'd go for FS again. It's way too light, so plants don't stay planted at all. Growing a carpet with that substrate was a total nightmare. Also, from user reviews that I've read, it doesn't maintain its buffering capacity for more than a few weeks.

I've used all types of Aquasoil, but favorite is Amazona 1 Powder.
 

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Thanks!

So I have changed a few things but all in all the same stuff. I just picked up a Cal Aqua Nano Checker, Do!Aqua Music Checker ( Bubble Counter ) and a ADA Cabochon Red. Should look extremely nice!

I was able to pick up a Fluvel 404 from a friend but now notice that it will be to much flow on the tank. Now I need to find a smaller Eheim 2211 to trade!

Being my first planted tank what type of media do most people use in the canister? Carbon, purigen and.....

Thanks for all the help guys! I am really looking forward to this.

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If you're planning on making this high tech with ferts and everything, and it seems like you do, I think carbon and purigen tend to take up the ferts from the water column, so they don't get to the plants. I just use filter floss and those ceramic media things that increases the surface area for beneficial bacteria. All you really need is mechanical filtration, the plants do most of the biological stuff.
 
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