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Need help in building a 40g planted tank

 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:48 pm Post subject: Need help in building a 40g planted tank Reply with quote

 Hii,  after  a  long  time  i  am  finally  ready  to  start  a  planted  tank.  Its  my  first  attempt  in  DIY  and  dont  want  to  splurge  much  so  my  budget  is  max  6k.  The  folowing  are  my  tank  specs  .
 
 Tank  -  30x18x18  
 Filter  -  Hagen  marina  CF40  canister  filter.
 
 I  live  in  mumbai  ,  and  after  asking  around  a  bit  in  kurla  and  other  fishy  places  i  got  some  conflicted  recommendations.  So  heres  what  they  have  recommended  in  gist
 
 Substrate  -  River  sand  /  Amazonia  /  Potting  mix  
 Fertilizers  -  Vermicomposts/liquid  dosings
 Lightings  -  T5  18-20w  3  tubes/  Pl  36  w  tube  light  -  4  tubes
 CO2  -  Co2  cylinder  /  Co2  dosings.
 
 So  these  were  some  conflicting   recommendations  of  local  lfs  guys.  Although  i  want  to  make  it  cheaply  i  dont  want  to  skimp  where  it  matters  the  most.  So  please  give  me  some  advice  on  what  should  i  put  in  my  planted  tank  and  while  doing  that  not  end  up  breaking  the  bank.  Thanks
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:38 am Post subject: Re: Need help in building a 40g planted tank Reply with quote

 sir,  depends  on  low  tech  or  high  tech.  CO2  injection  or  no  CO2  (or  liquid  carbon  dosing).  The  choice  of  plants  depends  on  this.  Substrate  selection  depends  on  plant  selection.  e.g.  on  a  largely  stones  and  driftwood  with  only  epiphyte  plants  (anubias,  ferns,  mosses,  buces),  you  can  go  ahead  with  an  inert  substate  or  sand  also.  Based  on  plants  selection  and  tank  depth  and  substrate  height  the  lighting  should  be  chosen  and/or  the  timing  should  be  adjusted.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 1:24 pm Post subject: Re: Need help in building a 40g planted tank Reply with quote

 Get  pressurized  CO2  first.  If  you  do  not  have  this,  only  simple  plants  will  grow  and  you  can  have  a  simple  scape.
 Adding  good  lights  /  substrate  /  dosing  will  only  cause  algae  with  out  CO2.  Glut  or  Liquid  CO2  is  good  only  for  a  limited  list  of  plants.
 
 Once  you  get  pressurised  CO2,  then  concentrate  on  getting  a  Suitable  substrate  and  micro  and  macro  nutrients.
 
 Good  lights  should  be  last  on  your  list.  with  out  the  above  good  lights  will  only  grow  algae.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:33 am Post subject: Re: Need help in building a 40g planted tank Reply with quote

 If  your  overall  budget  is  just  6k,  then  pressurized  co2  is  out  of  question.  You  can  go  for  diy  co2  kit.  Baking  soda  and  citric  acid.  I  am  using  that  now  from  past  2  months  and  pretty  much  can  grow  almost  all  plants.
 I  dose  ferts,  amazonia  and  bright  light.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:01 pm Post subject: Re: Need help in building a 40g planted tank Reply with quote

 So  anyway  is  theere  any  reliable  diy  co2  kit  on  amazon  with  diffuser
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:12 pm Post subject: Re: Need help in building a 40g planted tank Reply with quote

 https://www.amazon.in/Generic-Diy-Aquarium-Plant-System/dp/B01EK6SEIE
 
 i  am  using  this  one  and  working  great.
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