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I have all my stuff and am gonna put it together today, but do I need to disinfect everything first or is a simple rinse fine?
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I have two other questions as well. Should I fill the tank up effectively to the rim?

and, Since I'm trying to emulate an asian blackwater pool biotope, it's safe to set my 25w Stealth heater to 82, or would 80 be better?
 

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I like to wash even new tanks with a paste of salt with just enough water to all you to scrub with it. Then a simple rinse with water.
If you haven't water tested the tank - even some new ones leak - fill it about half way and wait an hour or so. If all is ok, fill just to where the rim blocks the glass. That's high enough for now. Cycle the tank and all should be fine.

Until you have it cycled, 70+ will be fine. It will give you time to slowly bring it up, and save you some small cash and water until the cycle is complete.
 

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some plants dont care for water that warm. but most should be fine

i like to keep my water level just a little lower than the rim to prevent the water from overflowing when i stick my arm in to work on planting, hardscape or trying to catch a fish or something.

if you aren't using co2 and you dont want to add an airstone than making the water level a little lower so that the filter return splashes the waters surface will increase O2 in the water
 

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I'm mainly focusing on cryptocorynes, so I wouldn't think temperature would be the problem there (other than sudden changes).

I am going to do a DIY CO2, so yeah maybe I probably will try to keep it a little higher to minimize any splashing, with enough room for me not to overflow the tank with my hand.


Thanks everyone for the advice!!
 

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Actually, keeping the tank warmer will encourage it to cycle more quickly. Temperature has a direct impact on N-bacteria reproduction rates.

The ideal temperature to keep the tank should depend on your livestock choices.
 
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