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Ok thanks for all your help. Maybe I will check into whats involved in CO2. What exactly do you use to fertilize your plants, and how often?
Currently I'm using Seachem's Flourish Comprehensive Supplement for the Planted Aquarium at the dose recommended on the label; I was using it once a week after the water change, but some of the Echinodorus started getting yellowing leaves (I suspected due to lack of iron or other nutrients) so I went to twice weekly (same amount both times) and that improved. Previously I've used Kent's Freshwater Plant and had equal success.

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Ok, here is what I think I am going to do now. First off, it looks like I found a store that has the 50 gallon tank which is the same footprint as this so I am going to get that. I found an Eheim 2217 for $130, so since its not that much more than the 2215, I guess you can't have too much filtration, right? And probably go with that inline heater. They told me on the phone that the price included the light, and it was actually only $20 more than the 40 gallon without the light, so I'm not really out much if I don't use it. But I was thinking of maybe just using that light to start out with while i get it cycled and get the plants planted. And I guess just gravel then if that will work fine.
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Ok, here is what I think I am going to do now. First off, it looks like I found a store that has the 50 gallon tank which is the same footprint as this so I am going to get that. I found an Eheim 2217 for $130, so since its not that much more than the 2215, I guess you can't have too much filtration, right? And probably go with that inline heater. They told me on the phone that the price included the light, and it was actually only $20 more than the 40 gallon without the light, so I'm not really out much if I don't use it. But I was thinking of maybe just using that light to start out with while i get it cycled and get the plants planted. And I guess just gravel then if that will work fine.
That sound a good deal. You'll want a light, if only to see the fish. If the light is standard, it will have to have two tubes or you'll not have any plants growing in a 50g. If it's a newer fixture, they're different, more light, etc from these new tubes, but I've no experience with those yet. I certainly wouldn't go to CO2 systems unless you want a plant aquarium like the Dutch style or Amano.

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