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Newbie with Q's?
I have been a lurker to this list for a while, and I am finally getting a
tank set up. I thought I would post my plans for anybody to critique, and I
have a couple of specific questions to ask at the end.
I plan on setting up a 30 gallon long tank. I plan to use a 175W metal
halide suspended above the tank to allow the plants to grow emersed. Right
now, the bulb will be 4300K. When replaced, it will be changed to a 5500K.
This lighting setup will be used because I already have most of the
components in my "junk box".
Substrate will be laterite and sand. Filtration will be a small canister
filter, probably a Marineland 220.
I plan on DIY'ing a CO2 system. This is the area where I could use the most
advice. I plan on using a Harbor Freight regulator on a welding CO2 tank.
As of this writing, their page is down, but the link I have for the
Is this regulator appropriate for the situation? Would I need any adapters?
I would like to set this up as an automated system and would like to use
the Milwaukee controller pictured at:
(TSSMS125 pH/ORP Controller)
Is this a reliable unit? Does it include the probe and calibrating
solutions? I will also need a needle valve, a solenoid, and a check valve.
Any suggestions, preferably reasonably priced? I am willing to spend money
on reliable equipment, but I like to buy groceries, too :)
Anyway, thanks for sticking with me through this mental ramble, and thanks
in advance for any comments/critiques you care to pass on.
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