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    Hello all. It has been nearly 20 years since I last had an aquarium. I am planning a new planted tank, and will be getting the tank and equipment together in the coming month or two or three. I hope to get some comments on my ideas regarding tank, substrate and CO2 equipment in the next few weeks.
     
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    Hey man welcome and looking forward to seeing some threads started
     
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    Welcome to APSA...

    Think first thing will have to be what tank you looking at getting? Remember...seeing as you wanna go the presurized CO2 route, you'll have to consider the cost of decent light, substrate and filtration as well.
     
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    Thanks everyone for the friendly welcome.

    I am (very slowly) looking for a tank at the moment. Getting quotes for a Juwel Rio 400. So that is about the maximum size I can accommodate (1.5m, about 450l). However, the Juwel tanks are expensive for what you are getting (as I am sure many will point out shortly!); the price here is more than double the price in Germany for example (but that would of course be the case for many goods). Then again, the filter (probably another would need to be added later), heater, lighting, canopy and cabinet are all included. I will try to go and have a look at a unit (black) later this week. I also want to see the finish in 'dark wood' which will fit better with my furniture, but I am worried that the finish (is it some kind of a plastic veneer?) might look a bit artificial up close. I cannot find an LFS in my area (West Rand, but can travel a bit) that has one in 'dark wood' (any size) on the floor - please let me know if you have seen it somewhere.

    The other option is a custom tank. (But also including hood and cabinet.) (There is no way I can do any of this myself.) I have emailed Dorry Pets for possibilities. I would feel more comfortable dealing with an established business - and would also like to see something similar to what they will build in person beforehand. That makes it rather difficult... I am sure this will be cheaper, but perhaps not that much cheaper after adding everything you get with the Rio. But please let me know if there are other reputable tank (and cabinet) builders I should be contacting regarding this as well. Would expect quite a substantial saving over the Rio though.

    Comments welcome...
     
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    Can't agree with you more about this one, Light Light Light and not to mention proper filtration - all linked to tanks size, depth and even the type of plants and algae you want to grow... so maybe do a Google search for some images of planted tanks and see what you like to get some inspiration and get the creative thoughts flowing..?
     
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    Hello and welcome to APSA.
    Jax is 100% right. That is a major factor.
    I also really found the sticky threads in the planted tank equipment area invaluable.
     
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    Plug and play tanks are convenient but a hassle when you want to change things. It's like buying a Packard Bell. It will do the job but when you want to upgrade there isn't enough space or power or...

    As has been said, look around for inspirational tanks, post pics and ask questions before boldly going where others have gone before :)
     
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