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Old 12-01-2019, 12:39 PM   #1
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Redoing 20g tall tank, help and advice

I will be redoing my 20g tank to a high tech planted tank. I want to add CO2, plant substrate and all that fun stuff. I will list everything below and I want to hear any criticism and need a little help.

Tank: 20g tall
Filter: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JYEFFEO...ing=UTF8&psc=1
I think it might be a bit overkill for a 20g but I chose it because of the spray bar and I didn't want to see the HOB filter intake.
Light: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LFF07BU...ing=UTF8&psc=1
Any suggestions on what light I should use? I found this one because of the high watts it has.
Substrate: https://www.amazon.com/CaribSea-Eco-...042nst800sr-20
Substrate I wasn't too sure on what to use. I read that I should have a separate substrate beneath this one with high levels of iron, etc. What should I use for the levels and change the substrate? Also, do I need to top it off with something like sand for the plants I chose? Should I also add root tabs beneath any of the plants with your selected choice of substrate?
Ferts: For ferts I went with a simple bottle of seachem flourish. Is there a different bottle(s) you recommend? Along with root tabs (if necessary?)
CO2: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07W6DXXXR...ing=UTF8&psc=1
This took me a long time to find one I can use, and in my price range as well. I was thinking about the DIY kit with plastic bottles but didn't think it would last very long, and I needed a timer. I also didn't feel too comfortable with the plastic bottles holding up, especially it next to my bed. I chose this kit for the solenoid valve and because It will be a bit harder to blow up lol. (I also picked out a CO2 drop checker)
Plants:
Dwarf Hairgrass
Isoetes Japonica
Ludwigia Natans Super Red
Myriophyllum Aquaticum (Parrots Feather)
Bucephalandra Black Pearl
Lagenandra Meeboldii 'Red'
Rotala Rotundifolia Red
Ludwigia Repens
Echinodorus Ozelot
I found all these plants on BucePlant
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Welcome! It sounds like a bold plan for your new tank rescape!

Here is an article on starter CO2 and planted tank and some substrate help for deciding.
Beginner's Guide to CO2 Injection in the Planted Tank - Aquarium Advice

Carbon Dioxide Systems - Aquarium Advice

So You Want a Planted Aquarium - Aquarium Advice

Eco complete is a decent substrate. I use it now but there are a number of newer from the last few years created for a planted tank. Brightwell Florin Volcanit Rio Escuro-XF or M, ADA Amazonia and Amazonia Light, Dennerle Scapers Soil Planted Substrate, Caribsea Samurai Soil, etc.
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Welcome! It sounds like a bold plan for your new tank rescape!

Here is an article on starter CO2 and planted tank and some substrate help for deciding.
Beginner's Guide to CO2 Injection in the Planted Tank - Aquarium Advice

Carbon Dioxide Systems - Aquarium Advice

So You Want a Planted Aquarium - Aquarium Advice

Eco complete is a decent substrate. I use it now but there are a number of newer from the last few years created for a planted tank. Brightwell Florin Volcanit Rio Escuro-XF or M, ADA Amazonia and Amazonia Light, Dennerle Scapers Soil Planted Substrate, Caribsea Samurai Soil, etc.
Thanks for your reply. Ill have to read through those threads as soon as I can. For the substrate, if I were to go with 9L bags of ADA Amazonia, how many would I need (Tank is 24inx12in LxW) if I wanted 2-2.5 inches?
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Many of the companies themselves offer a calculator. It differs slightly if it is sand type or gravel. My guess is 2 bags.

https://www.hamzasreef.com/Contents/.../Substrate.php
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