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I thought this might be a fun little thread. It may have been done before so I apologize in advance if it has but a quick search didn't turn up anything similar.

I wanted to get an idea of what pieces of equipment people are lusting after for their planted tanks. If you had $200 USD right now that you had to spend on equipment for your planted tank what would you buy? No livestock or plants allowed, its got to be equipment. It could be one item or ten it doesn't matter as long as you stay under the $200 USD mark.

$200 is kind of an arbitrary number but it seemed like an amount that could buy a decent piece of equipment that was also a reachable target for most people without being too outrageous. Feel free to convert to Pounds or Euros or Yen or whatever your currency of choice might be but try to get it close to the $200 USD mark if you can. Pictures or links are encouraged and if you can tell us a little bit about why you would want it for your particular tank that would be wonderful as well. Thanks for participating and I am looking forward to seeings everyone's most coveted items.
 

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$200?

only if you don't plant, or with a nano tank. for $200 I need a pump/filter, heater, and should be enough left to get a small size plant light, and substrate.
Thanks for participating. For the sake of this thread you don't necessarily need to outfit an entire tank for $200, that could be tough especially for larger tanks. If you want to do an entire tank that is perfectly acceptable as well but ideally I was hoping to see specific pieces of equipment that people would buy if they had $200 to spend.
 

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Thanks for participating. For the sake of this thread you don't necessarily need to outfit an entire tank for $200, that could be tough especially for larger tanks. If you want to do an entire tank that is perfectly acceptable as well but ideally I was hoping to see specific pieces of equipment that people would buy if they had $200 to spend.
sure, I will speak for my tank...
don't need anymore co2 system, flooded...


need to build a new stand, $200 is about right, plus I can get a used 55-90G as a sump.
 

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I'd get a good UV sterilizer.
You'd be amazed at the good it can produce in any planted tank - and how it can improve so many things, e.g. - water clarity and quality, water circulation within the tank, providing access of fertilizers to the plants, reduction of algae problems, water purification, elimination or lessening of potential viral or parasitic substances in the tank, elimination of green water, clearance of oily films on the water surface - the list goes on.
I wouldn't be without one.
I've been fish-keeping for over 50 years, and have been keeping/raising discus for many of those years, and my best aquatic 'pal' in the tank is a UV sterilizer !
I run one 24/7.
 

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Running a bunch of hamburg mattenfilters or do you use the foam for other purposes?
Yep! I put my first HMF in a 125, and I love it. I also have (not all are set up yet) a 90 on it's way, a 55, a 40B and two29s. They're all getting the HMF treatment now ; ) The leftover bits make great prefilters/screens on HOB intakes, as well as powerhead sponges. It was sewingalot's thread that got me started.
 

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I'd get a good UV sterilizer.
You'd be amazed at the good it can produce in any planted tank - and how it can improve so many things, e.g. - water clarity and quality, water circulation within the tank, providing access of fertilizers to the plants, reduction of algae problems, water purification, elimination or lessening of potential viral or parasitic substances in the tank, elimination of green water, clearance of oily films on the water surface - the list goes on.
I wouldn't be without one.
I've been fish-keeping for over 50 years, and have been keeping/raising discus for many of those years, and my best aquatic 'pal' in the tank is a UV sterilizer !
I run one 24/7.
+1, it is a "must have", this thing can prevent any disease for the discus or altum, better than stocking up medicine, but $200 is too much, for $50 you can get a good unit, :).
 

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Yep! I put my first HMF in a 125, and I love it. I also have (not all are set up yet) a 90 on it's way, a 55, a 40B and two29s. They're all getting the HMF treatment now ; ) The leftover bits make great prefilters/screens on HOB intakes, as well as powerhead sponges. It was sewingalot's thread that got me started.
Thats awesome I have definitely thought about trying one but havent taken the leap myself. I will have to reread sewingalot's thread for motivation.
 
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