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What fish do you have in this tank btw?
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One Molly and an albino catfish

I don't know what to do on the light. I like the one above bc of the power cords. Will it do ok with a modest amount of live plants. Less than 10-15
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Depending on what kind of plants you are going with will depend on how strong of lights you'll need. If you go with easy stuff like most Cryptos, Java Fern, Java Moss, Anubias and Anacharis you don't really need anything high end.
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The light fixture above will have light bulbs in a spectrum geared towards corals and such for salt tanks. I don't think it will hurt a freshwater tank but it wont help it like it would with a salt tank

Pasty T-Bag: Your probably going to spend at least 200-250 for the equipment to run CO2 on a tank that big.

You can use this kit if you want to save some cash and be more hands on
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...fm?pcatid=9935

Or use this one to keep the perfect level of CO2 in your tank automatically.
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...fm?pcatid=9933

You can also make your own kit with a 2 liter bottle and some hoses etc. Put in some sugar, water, and yeast and when the yeast eat the sugar they give off co2
holy shit that looks complicated lol do yo know how to set that up?
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Filter and lights have been shipped. I've never had a filter that allows you to select your own media. I've done some research but it seems people taylor them to their tank. What's a good default mix to start with?
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I'd put a sponge filter, then a bunch of fluval biomax, and maybe a polishing filter after the biomax if you want. Biomax are little ceramic rings that bacteria grow on and creates awesome bio filtration and will last forever. I've got 4 boxes of biomax in my filter.
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Do you ever clean them?
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Yeah about once a month. Just take some tank water, do NOT use tap water because chlorine/chloramine will kill all the bacteria on your filter media and you basically will recycle your tank, and rinse the biomax out. The sponge filters you clean the same way, polishing pads are so fine they get clogged pretty quick and they are almost impossible to clean so you just replace them if you choose to use them.
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What should the distance be between the light bar and deck lids? 6 inches? I think I'm going to hang the lights from the ceiling since the brackets that came with it are pos.
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6" should be fine
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So I'm trying to find glass deck lids for my 48 inch tank. Where the glass would sit (has a divider in the middle) is 23/23.5

will (2) 24 inch lids work, finding a 23 inch one is near impossible. Do I have an odd tank?


Edit: looks like I need to find a 48 inch canopy that needs the center support that mine has.

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Still working out the decor, not sure what I want to do yet.

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Help me pick out the substrate color for my tank. The main decor will be slate rock/lava rock. I can't decide on the color of substrate I want.

Black
Grey
Red (dessert)
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are my 4 options right now.
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I like the terra cotta or hrey
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These are the two I'm debating on right now
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I you are going with slate I say black.
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I've decided against a major planting on the tank. I'm going to do some drwarf grass and 2-3 smaller live plants. The rest will just be fake. Is there a big difference between using gravel/rocks vs sand as the substrate?
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I also have mostly fake plants but I have no clue on the sand vs gravel. It would seem like sand would be harder to clean.
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I thinking of going with the darker gravel b/c it will hide the algea better.
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I got a wild hair up my butt and decided to do a major overhaul of my tank as well. I got rid off almost all the plants, and switch out the old substrate( Activ-Flora Black) for new planting substrate( SeaChem Flourite) that isn't as sand like. I picked up some rainbow rock since it kinda goes along with the color of the substrate as well. I took an old piece of drift wood and spit it the make what you see in the pic below. Now I just need to design the planting scheme.




The SeaChem Flourite is a great planting substrate, but it's kind of expensive. You also have to rinse it really well to get out all the silt. When all is said and done it looks great in the tank. Lots of brown and red colors with bits of black

For planting substrate choice is important and they are not all equal. I'll just quote Wikipedia

"For freshwater aquaria, gravel is the most common substrate. To prevent damage to fish, gravel should not be sharp. Aquarium gravel can be as coarse as pea-sized or as fine as 1–2 mm.[1] It is available in a number of colors, and may be naturally colored or dyed, and may have a polymer seal to ensure it does not affect water chemistry.[1] Gravel sold specifically for use in aquaria is chemically inert. It is commonly composed of quartz or other lime-free minerals.[4] If the gravel is rough or sharp, it is not suitable for bottom-dwelling fish that like to sift the substrate or dig.[1] When growing aquatic plants, the Cation Exchange Capacity[8] (CEC) is also an important thing to consider when choosing a substrate. CEC is the ability to adsorb positively charged nutrient ions (so high CEC is good). This means the substrate will hold nutrients and make them available for the plant roots. It doesn’t indicate the amount of nutrients the substrate contains."


Sand can look really good but it can be a pain to clean. If you're going to use just sand go to home depot and get pool filter sand. It's not as fine as play sand so it will be easier to clean. Also make sure you rinse it out and put lots of root tabs in it since it won't really have the nutrients of other substrates.

You can also put a nutrient rich substrate down and cover it with a layer of pool filter sand, like 1" deep

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I've decided against a major planting on the tank. I'm going to do some drwarf grass and 2-3 smaller live plants. The rest will just be fake. Is there a big difference between using gravel/rocks vs sand as the substrate?
Just a heads up the dwarf grass will start off slow but it will eventually carpet the entire bottom of the tank.
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Just a heads up the dwarf grass will start off slow but it will eventually carpet the entire bottom of the tank.
What's the ladder deal on the back of the tank? I'm going to Merriam House of rocks tomorrow to look at slate/lava rock. I decided I'm going to stick with fake plants for the time being. With the recent over haul and finally getting to the point where I can maintain the tank properly. I've already spent a decent chunk, I think the wife will kill me if I spend another 100.00 on substrate lol. I think having real plants might be a bit much at the moment. I'm going to grab a bag of black gravel and some fake plants I found on Amazon. Simple clean looking tank. I will have real plants, just not right now. That is great information to have. I eventually want a entire bottom covered in dwarf grass ect, I like the look a lot.
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The ladder thing you see is part of a CO2 system. The bubbles come out at the bottom and move side to side as they go up gradually getting smaller and dispersing the CO2 into the tank.

http://www.amazon.com/Hagen-Nutrafin.../dp/B00026058Y

Also I still have my old planted substrate. It's a mix of these two

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...%3Aactiv+flora

http://www.amazon.com/Flourite-7-kg-...rite+substrate

It's yours if you want, no charge, probably 60-70 dollars worth of high quality planted substrate. It will give you a head start at least, and if you don't like look of it being mixed you can layer it down and put a solid color substrate on top of it. As it is now its red brown gravel mixed with fine black sand and some chunky black gravel.

Hugh pic i just took, it fills a 5 gallon bucket a little more than a 1/3 the way up


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Do I still need an air pump and air stone in my tank now that I'm using the fluval 305? All the air bubbles are doing is making the deck lid look like shit and covering the lights with hard water spots. Can I remove it?
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