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Old 08-09-2018, 06:11 PM   #1
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Ok. Now I am just thoroughly confused...

I am contemplating either a 75g or a 90.
It will be a freshwater community tank. The last time I had a live plant, it overtook my tank. So, unless someone can suggest a slow growing plant(s), it will be unplanted.
I have however decided on using sand substrate instead of gravel. I would prefer a lighter colour.
I already have lots of bright colourful fish in mind (no, not the genetically modified)
Here comes my conundrum...
Cannister? What size? Brand? Sump? One site suggested using both while others say no. I would like to get away from the HOB's.
Also, I am totally confused with the lighting nowadays. My 35g is approx. 10 yrs old and I THINK it uses a T-8 bulb(?) I dunno. It hasn't burnt out in many yrs.
Any ideas and or suggestions?
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Old 08-09-2018, 06:38 PM   #2
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Maybe go 90g so later you aren't regretting not going bigger. I personally like the Fluval FX6 for a canister filter. I have no experience with sumps. Some people use HOB's with canisters or sumps to get the surface agitation for O2.

There are several low light plants that are easy to care for like anubias, java fern, Rotala, moss balls, ect... that you can manage with LED lights. There's some knowledgeable plant guys on here that could set you up with some easy to care for plants.
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Old 08-11-2018, 09:56 AM   #3
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Update

It looks like I just bought myself a custom 200g tank and stand for $450 cdn.

The 90g at the store cost $500 without the stand.

Oh the possibilities...I am so excited! I will be making a stop at Big Al's in Edmonton while we are down there and picking up a few supplies.

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That sounds like a big score. Slow down and take a deep breath before jumping into buying over priced decor and equipment. Be sure to check in with AA if you have any questions.
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Wow! Nice score! Following
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That's a great deal and a lot of room for several possibilities. Like V said, plan well on decor and fish.
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want slow growers? Anubias , Buce, Java Ferns, Bolbitus, Crypts. are all relatively slow growing
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Do you have bolbitus?
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The supplies I would be looking at are sand, cannisters and/or any chemicals I might need. I am so not ready to plunk anything in there right now. I think I would probably wait at least 2-3 wks before even putting plants in there. I do have a big piece of wood that I just need to re-soak.

First things first... Rearrange my living room

This particular store keeps popping up when I do any research online. Just wanted to check it out as I may be able to order the fish I want later on (my LFS has a very poor selection)

My 14 yr old wants a great white shark lmao! ummmÖ. Nooo
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Why wouldn't you put plants in it right away?
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