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Totally new, NEED HELP!!!

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by MrCodexx, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. MrCodexx

    MrCodexx New Member

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    I am completely new to this entire world of aquariums. I have been all around the net looking at stuff and there is alot of information out there. I know that basically i need a tank, lights, co2, substrate, and then my actual layout stuffs. My main questions are:
    (keep in mind i intend on a 10 or 20 gallon tank, rectangular in shape and am on tight budget)
    what lights work best for slow grow, especially carpet plants?
    Is pressurized co2 the best, what else is available?
    Is moss difficult to deal with as a plant in my layout?
    Are Acrylic tanks better than glass, more durable, cheaper, etc.?
     
  2. Shadow

    Shadow Moderator Staff Member

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    Welcome to ASW

    Normally carpet plant require high light intensity. They normally grow tall in low light. Only some that can grow carpet in low light, moss and marsilea hirsuta is one of the few example.

    Pressurize CO2 is the best. Alternatively you can try carbon replacement like Seachem excel. You can also DIY CO2 using sugar water and yeast.

    Moss is one of the easy plant

    Acrylic is easily scratch but you no need to worry about crack. Glass is not easily scratch but need to handle with care. I personally preferred glass tank. Not sure about price wise.
     
  3. MrCodexx

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    thanks shadow, as far what as a shopping list what are the basic im looking to buy:
    tank
    filter
    substrate
    lights
    co2
    am i missing anything, any resources for recomendation.
     
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