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Looks lovely, doesn't it? I don't mind spending the money on something if I get what I want. A lot of people would probably moan at the price, however it's probably taken quite a lots of hours to actually get that wood to look the way it is, could somebody who has never done it before get the same results? I very much doubt it.

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hey Pen I am a strong believer you pay for what you get if you know what I mean ...

unless you know how to do it your self at a high level...

I think this goes for anything from food-fish-cars ya know

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Yes high tech means high light, CO2, fertilizers, weekly trimming, lots of algae if not constantly watched and tweaked. I also feel that high tech planted tanks are more geared to plant care first fish care second since you will be running CO2 just under what the fish can take. If this is your first time with plants i dont reccommend it but we can select pieces that will still allow you to go that route if you feel later on thats what you want, low tech is low lights, less trimming, CO2 alternatives or non at all, very little to no fertilizing.

Ok so I would reccommend using if money is not a major concern ADA aqua soil Amazonia, its a bit pricy but it will last for a long time and should provide all the need nutrients to the plants without doing major fertilizing its hands down the best planting substrate on the market. I dont know of any of the UK suppliers but i found this one that deals ADA aqua soils
www.thegreenmachineonline.com/products/aquatics/substrate-system-substrate-additives/substrate

Lighting i would go with a dual bulb T5HO fixture, this should put you squarly in the low-medium light range depending on if you run one or both bulbs. Again not sure what vendors you have to buy from, i know here state side some of the major brands are ZooMed, Coralife, ADA($$$), Odessey

I ran CO2 for a bit and to me it was just more hassel that i was wanting to deal with and the fish always seemed stressed. Currently im dosing my 90g with 15-20ml of a Seachem Excel alternative everyday and i love the growth and the side effect of Excel is its a slight algaecide so it keeps the algae at bay

If you havent seen it yet here is a shot of my 90g dual bulb T5HO low-med light planted tank, no co2, light fertilizer dosing, Soilmaster Select substrate mixed with black diamond sand
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WOW! That is absolutely awesome Ken. This is what I am striving to achieve myself, and nice planted tank but with a nice mixture of fish to complement it. But I would prefer all South American if possible. Okay, I will forget the CO2, if you can do this without it, then I'm sure I can. I will have a look at what is available here, I should be able to get hold of most things from the local shops, anything else I need I will probably send away for. Looking at your photo is tempting me to go for something slightly bigger, maybe 70 gallons. Thanks for the advice and help, I'll probably be back at some stage looking for more advice. Hey, maybe in the future we could set up a website plantedaquariumlover.com :-)

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How many bags will I need for a 70 gallon aquarium?

www.aquajardin.co.uk/product/15925/ada_aqua_soil_amazonia_9ltr

I can't find the lighting you are referring to anywhere in the UK, however take a look at Charterhouse Aquatics will you, maybe there is something there that will be a good alternative?

www.charterhouse-aquatics.co.uk/heaters-c-2268.html

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For a 75g (48"x18"x21") you would need 5 9L bags for a 3" bed, I think you will be happy you went bigger you will really appricate the extra width of a 75g it gives you more floor space to plant in

Here you go Penn this looks like it would fit the bill, seems pricy compared to what i can get over here but maybe things are just more expensive in the UK. The last one on the top row fits a 4ft tank, another site i saw shows the fixture comming with bulbs but i cant click on it in this link so idk
www.charterhouse-aquatics.co.uk/ot5-luminaires-freshwater-c-194_968_1022_1023.html
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OFL replied the topic: Recommendation for lighting

Thanks for the information Ken, very helpful indeed. Now regarding above tank lighting systems, do they require me having no hood on the tank? If you click the link below, this is the canary I was thinking about. However, I'm not sure if it's the right design for those lights you have suggested

www.aquariums.ltd.uk/AquariumBuy.asp?ProdURN=I6V8LTP5wS2AGPnNJhnzaNhXQXvDDd8NhS5kNO8XB7vzuMflIf

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Hey Ken,and have you got any recommendations for lighting that could go on a tank with a closed lids? The problem with having an open top tank is it will be a little bit too noisy for my liking.

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You have two options you can either have a full custom wood hood with the ballasts and terminal ends installed inside or you can run a full glass top and suspend the lights from the ceiling or from mounts that attach to the back of the stand.

The full hood will contain the light better and prevent your room being lit up it that matters to you
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