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    Hi everone.
    I'm Jaco and I have made a return to tropical/plantes tanks after a 4 and a half year stint on the marine's side.

    I have a 4ft tank with a sump totaling to 350L - 250L display, 100L sump. I have filled the tank out with 27L/kg of probibio's Aqua growth soil. Am curntly in the cycling phase and added a few plants and 8 neon tetras and 10 glowlight tetras.
    I have purchased a CO2 system and are on the lookout for better priced CO2 cylinders.
    Any advise will be appreciated.

    Jaco
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    Welcome General, share some pics when you have a chance


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    Welcome.

    Have you tried going directly to a fire equipment shop? In Cape Town a lot of us use Novamarine who do supply, servicing etc for the industry. 2kg should be less than R500. The wheel valve conversion is expensive at around R600 for a high pressure valve and refill is about R25/kg
     
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    Thanks.
    Sitting at TransFire as we speak. Got CO2 Fe with gate valve fitted for just under R1k. Refill is R18/kg. Shure I'll be sorted out by days end.
    Thanks for the assistance.
     
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    Herewith my setup.

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    Joh nice setup. Please update as the carpet develops

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    Thank you @Quintin.

    Struggling a bit with brown algae. Sure it will pass as soon as the setup is cycled.
    Got some additional plants form @drsparky. Will update as we go along.
     
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    Get some ottos

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    Herewith the latest update @Quintin

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    The last two are of the SMD LED lights that I have installed. Started out with only the blue one's, which imitates moonlight. I have added the red for extra red light during the day, but it turned out to yield a great sunset/sunrise effect. These photos doesn't do the effect justice. Will take the proper camera out and see if I can properly capture the effect.
     

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