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hi i was wondering if i can use any of theese for a planted tank my mom and dad told me i would be getting a new tank this christmas that is replacing my 10


http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3578+3730+10677&pcatid=10677 the 24 gallon one
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http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3578+3730+13976&pcatid=13976 24 gallon
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http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3578+3730+20458&pcatid=20458
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http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3578+3730+18538&pcatid=18538 29 gallon
or i can get this plant kit
http://www.aqueonproducts.com/products/live-plant-aquarium-25-deluxe-kit.htm



which one would be best for a medium tech planted tank i will be using co2
 

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Ok, I'm no expert here, so will the guru's please help me out... but, I recently did some research before buying my current aquarium, a 20 gallon high, and these all inclusive cubes and the aqueon kit were all options I looked at... from what I learned here on the forums, here are my conclusions:

Concerning the Cubes:
1. The light's they provide all contain some form of actinic bulb: 50/50 or full actinic. According to my understanding, these bulbs are inappropriate for freshwater planted tanks. You will have to spend extra money replacing light bulbs.

Concerning the Aqueon Kit:
1. The tank is an unusual size, being taller than normal for it's width... you might encounter lighting issues at the bottom of the tank.
2. You actually get a better deal on components if you mix and match your own parts; for example, I dislike the heater they include (it looks horrible). Also, preferably, you'd want a canister filter - so you're probably not gonna use the included HOB in the future. Don't you already have a thermometer? And that lighting fixture sits right on top of the glass, protentially creating heating the water issues.

If it were me, I'd probably go with the Cubes, but make sure you have some extra Christmas money to replace some of the light bulbs.
 

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Personally, i wouldn't buy any kits. There's too many modifications you would need to make for it to be suitable for a planted aquarium. I think the bio-cubes are good for marine setups, but im not sure about planted...

I think it would be easier and cheaper to just buy an aquarium, filter, light, and everything else needed. But that's just what i'd do.
 

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I have had a JBJ nano cube for a few years now and would not purchase another. As previously mentioned, it isn't worth it once you realize you want to swap out a lot of the equipment and it's a pain to modify those hinged hoods to accommodate anything extra. I prefer to buy each piece separately and get the setup I want from the beginning. HTH.
 
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