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  1. Default do i need co2 injection?


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    So I have a 55g with two 46" 54w t5 bulbs. Three clumps of Amazon swords, two anubias and about six small stems of compacta. Do I need co2 injection??
    55g planted. black skirt tetras. Neon tetras. Emerald Cory cat. Glow light tetras. 1kribensis cichlid, b. Rainbow fish. Rhino pleco. Pearl gourami. Dwarf platys

    29g planted. 1firemouth cichlid. Gold barbs. Scissortail rasboras.

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    Although you do have medium to high levels of lighting, you may not need CO2 injection.

    If your plants are doing well, and you don't out of control algae, I would keep things as they are.

    You don;t always need CO2 to have a great planted tank
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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    What about API co2 booster?
    55g planted. black skirt tetras. Neon tetras. Emerald Cory cat. Glow light tetras. 1kribensis cichlid, b. Rainbow fish. Rhino pleco. Pearl gourami. Dwarf platys

    29g planted. 1firemouth cichlid. Gold barbs. Scissortail rasboras.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrbirdman92
    So I have a 55g with two 46" 54w t5 bulbs. Do I need co2 injection??
    Jbird, This is a 55G running two 54h T5HO bulbs with no CO2:



    To answer your question: No, CO2 is not required for a lush verdant tank.

    Gas mileage isn't everything OIIIIIIIO
    Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.
    Why pretend there are no stupid questions? Actually, There are many stupid questions: "Should I drink this bleach?" Is just one example.
    Having said that, Just because it's a stupid question doesn't mean that it shouldn't be asked. It's better to know.

    A warm beer is better than a cold beer. Because nothing is better than a cold beer, and a warm beer is better than nothing.

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    I would probably add more plants, or at least a few more fast growing ones, to help out-compete the algae.

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    I assume you dose correct values of Fe, K, Mg and S. These are easily measured and added.

    Then balance is important and depending on number of fish, nitrates could be an issue as well.

    If you do have fish then the main concern for any planted tank is too much phosphate. These are difficult to control unless you have an absorber or algae scrubber. So, if you do have fish, then keep a close eye on this nutrient level (well below 0.5 ppm) and take steps before it becomes an issue - otherwise algae will grow.

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    850R -

    That is a beautiful tank! Mind me asking what plants and substrate you have? Do you dose any ferts at all?

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    Thank you very much & Can do:

    Here's the rundown: As mentioned, It's A 55G under 7 hours of 108W of T5HO [Ix6700K & 1x10000K] with No CO2 @ 77F.

    I swap between the Seachem root tabs & 'Trace' & 'Total' tabs from here. There are differences as one is slow release and other is fast release etc. But IME as long as you are timely with replacement all is well. I like the results. Liquid ferts: I dose Seachem Flourish Comprehensive weekly [or as remembered ;-P]

    The substrate is Black Diamond sandblasting media [About 8$ for a 50lb bag - I think here are 4 bags in there, Don't recall actually, It's 3 or 4].

    Plants are pretty simple no-fuss numbers: Wisteria, Amazon Swords & Hygro Polysperma around the back, Some Narrow leaf Crypts & Java Moss up front with a Red Rubin sword in the middle and there is a some sort of red Crypt on the RH side but I don't remember what kind

    In all seriousness, I effectively ignore this tank and it does it's own thing, I fert, Feed the fish, Do WC & prune it back on occasion. That's it.

    I am not a fan of loving tanks to death, EG: essing with them all the time - I think it's usually counterproductive.
    I figure if it grows without any help in the right conditions in the wild.. Provide similar conditions in the tank and the same applies.

    No big secrets above but I hope that is what you wanted to know, Thanks for asking. :-D
    Last edited by KingFisher; 12-02-2012 at 09:47 AM.
    Gas mileage isn't everything OIIIIIIIO
    Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.
    Why pretend there are no stupid questions? Actually, There are many stupid questions: "Should I drink this bleach?" Is just one example.
    Having said that, Just because it's a stupid question doesn't mean that it shouldn't be asked. It's better to know.

    A warm beer is better than a cold beer. Because nothing is better than a cold beer, and a warm beer is better than nothing.

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    IMO the only tanks that need CO2 are the carpeted amano style aquascapes. (but others can benefit, especiall from a low dose of the liquid stuff)

    My lfs has one display tank with all sorts of co2 gizmos attached. The tank is planted Dutch style. Drawback is that most of the plants look so perfect that from normal viewing distance they look fake. That does lead to amusing conversations in the shop sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by talldutchie
    IMO the only tanks that need CO2 are the carpeted amano style aquascapes. (but others can benefit, especiall from a low dose of the liquid stuff)

    My lfs has one display tank with all sorts of co2 gizmos attached. The tank is planted Dutch style. Drawback is that most of the plants look so perfect that from normal viewing distance they look fake. That does lead to amusing conversations in the shop sometimes.
    +1 to the CO2 comment.
    While I do love the look of the Dutch style tanks this made me LOL .
    Gas mileage isn't everything OIIIIIIIO
    Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.
    Why pretend there are no stupid questions? Actually, There are many stupid questions: "Should I drink this bleach?" Is just one example.
    Having said that, Just because it's a stupid question doesn't mean that it shouldn't be asked. It's better to know.

    A warm beer is better than a cold beer. Because nothing is better than a cold beer, and a warm beer is better than nothing.

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