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29 Gallon

Ten years ago I tried for years to successfully grow plants and failed miserably. There was little information available and what there was I couldn't find. Now virtually everything you need to know can be found on the internet if you know where to look. Therefore,  instead of repeating information found elsewhere, I thought it would be useful to provide an extensive listing of links to make it easier for those entering the hobby to find what they need.

I started with a DIY yeast system which worked well  but  I recently invested in a pressurized system with a 10 LB CO2 cylinder, regulator and needle valve. My adventures searching for a needle valve are chronicled at Needle Valves . For the output of the needle valve I built a CO2 diffuser which can be found at CO2 Diffuser. While setting up a planted tank at a LFS I found a great way to wash Flourite substrate

In order to get enough lighting I built a hood and installed compact fluorescents in cheap ceramic sockets. Here are pictures of the hoods for the 10 and 29 gallon. .

One of the best places to start is the newsgroup rec.aquaria.freshwater.plants. This newsgroup has been invaluable in helping me start a successful planted aquarium. There is a group of highly dedicated and knowledgeable people that follow this newsgroup and they are always willing to answer   your questions.  Without their help starting a planted aquarium would have been much more difficult. In particular I would like to thank Chuck Gadd, Wayne Jones, Soren 'Disky' Reinke, Aaron Ivers  and the many others for their informative replies to newsgroup questions.


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