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Can you help me avoid any BIG mistakes?
I've been lurking around, learning all I can and
pretty much enjoying everyone's "company". For about
a year, I've been "practicing" whatever I could pick
up on my little ten gallon tank and so far everything
is perfect. I've never kept so many (well, whatever I
can cram into a ten gallon) plants and fish alive for
so long. Then suddenly, I ran into a great deal at my
LFS for a 8'x2'x2' 240 gal acrylic setup. I couldn't
I'm not exactly sure, but I believe the stand and
canopy are pine, sprayed with black enamel. The
inside of the hood isn't painted, though. I remember
a discussion about safe paints for hood interiors, but
I can't seem to find it in the archives. Could
someone point me in the right direction? And should I
be concerned with the exterior paint?
I also remember a discussion about lighting for big
tanks. I believe the 2-4 W/gal rule doesn't really
scale well when applied to larger tanks. I was
planning to start with just 4 48" 40W flourescents, 2
chroma 50's and 2 plant&aquariums. I'd add another 4
tubes but I've already gone over my budget. I don't
really want to intensively grow plants but will this
be enough to keep them alive, or should I add more?
For substrate, I'm looking for profile. I used
all-purpose sand in my ten and it works great, but I'm
concerned about the compaction. It seems people are
happy with profile anyways.
For filtration, I plan to just use in tank
sponges/boxes with powerheads. I don't stock too
heavily. So far a weekly cleaning has been
I've used yeast CO2 so far and I plan to go to
compressed CO2 eventually, when I can afford it.
Besides, if it works, why fix it?
All in all, I'm just worried that I've bitten off more
than I can chew. I've always wanted a big tank, so
now that I have it, I just want to make sure I'm not
being too stingy with it. Is there anything I'm
missing in all my excitement?
Thanks for your time and knowledge,
Santa Monica, CA
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