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    I'm back into the planted tank hobby, after a gestation period of close to 5 years. Still had a 4 feet tank hosting a giant gourami, which i will be keeping separate.

    So the oncoming project is to do a low tech planted. Crypts. Ferns. Bolbitis. Anubia and we'll see what else is out there

    Ordered my aquarium 422 with braces and cabinet today. Will be delivered around 25th May. Also ordered a Teco500 Chiller and an Eheim Pro6. All ordered from Green Chapter.

    Planning to use back my 2* 150MH and pressurized CO2. Hope the MH is not an overkill. Might switch to led or normal T5 is they burn the plants.

    Yet to buy ada soil and wood and stone and the plants.

    Is Green Chapter a good source for these? I saw some nice wood and stone there.

    What version of Ada soil are we at now? I don't intend to do frequent rescapes. But i need something that will hold good for long time for the crypts.

    Will be seeking your feedback and tips soon. I feel almost rusty after such a long break.

    Cheers, Chris

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    Re: BlueMoon

    Welcome back!

    Besides Green Chapter, check out East Ocean, Fishy Business, Natura Aquatics and Mainland for hardscape.

    For Aquasoil, worldwide there are some complaints that the recent batches are not up to standard, reducing to powder sooner... But please Google and search FB or more info. There are also a few more similar products these days. Tropica is one, and its been getting some good feedback.

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    Re: BlueMoon

    Quote Originally Posted by vinz View Post
    Welcome back!

    Besides Green Chapter, check out East Ocean, Fishy Business, Natura Aquatics and Mainland for hardscape.

    For Aquasoil, worldwide there are some complaints that the recent batches are not up to standard, reducing to powder sooner... But please Google and search FB or more info. There are also a few more similar products these days. Tropica is one, and its been getting some good feedback.

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    Good stuff Vinz
    Thanks for the tips.
    I'll be reading a lot in that 2 weeks.

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    Re: BlueMoon

    Read this for more updated stuff: https://www.advancedplantedtank.com

    By Dennis Wong, local Planted Tank expert.

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    Re: BlueMoon

    Was browsing through the forum. Saw O2Bubble also restarting the hobby on a 622 tank. The chiller was a tk2000 etc.

    Just a question on the chiller I've ordered. Teco500, website says for aquariumup to 500l. I don't intendto go any larger than a 422. For a 422 the effective volume is around 350l. Is it enough or should i change my order to get a more powerful one?

    I intend to keep my water temperature around 25 to 26 degrees.

    Also bought an eheim pro 4 600. Usually in the past i will really oversize my filtration for planted. Ran 2*eheim 2028 on my 4*1.5*2.

    Should I add 1 more filter? If yes which brand is worth? Read mixed reviews online on the eheim pro 4 600 on the built quality. I have used 2026 and 2028 in the past and loved them.

    Thanks Vinz for the links. And the mention of the "tropica soil". I might be going for those, instead of ADA aquasoil.



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    Re: BlueMoon

    They chiller looks good. Your tank is about 2/3 of the max recommended capacity, so I think you're good.

    As for filters, a lot of people are loving the Oase Biomaster series. Lots of awesome features.

    Don't forget to consider what you might run for CO2. If you're planning to put in a reactor, then your filter has to handle the extra load in terms of flow.

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    Re: BlueMoon

    Thanks again Vinz.
    Yes I might need an inline (external or internal) co2 reactor, even if i intend to go low tech. So will consider a separate filter for it as the eheim will already be running for the chiller. I can't add a reactor and a chiller to 1 filter. Flow rate will not be good.

    Reading up on the oase. I saw your other post where you gave some review on its flow rate. Will pop by east ocean and have a chat with the guys as well.

    I am so rusty

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    Re: BlueMoon

    As mentioned in that post, it might just be my own expectations of flow... It *felt* low. So far after 2 years, that tank is doing fine.

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    Re: BlueMoon

    May i say I'll need roughly 8 pack of 9L tropica soil for this 422? Any recommended base fert? I previously use jbl base fert in my previous setup.

    Intend to do natural scape with driftwood and stone. More height at the back (10-15cm) to gradually 5cm at mid front. With a clearance of maybe 5-15cm on front for neutral sand, small pebbles. Root plants will be various species of crytps. Nana, anubia, narrow leaves java fern, windelov java fern, moss and bolbitis on wood and stone. I've never been successful with bolbitis before. Will give it a try still.

    Any slow growth/low maintenance red plants? Prefer not stem red plants. I can only think of red tiger lotus.

    Cheers.

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    Re: BlueMoon

    15 cm back, to 5cm front edge with 5cm sandbank... About 8 x 9L packs of soil. No need base fert. Tropica soil is fertile. Also, no Powersand and what not... When you uproot plants, the stuff will get pulled up... Very ugly.

    Red plant: Barclaya longifolia which is actually is type of water lily.

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