Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: College Station, TX
Thanks for the quick reply. Not dead set agains co2. I'd love a fully automated system with a ph controller and automatic dosers, but working part time, being in school full time, having a family, wife also in school, and a teenager, and a reef tank to maintain, as well as my planted tank, going pressurized co2 isn't in the financial, or learning curve budget.
As you can see from my run on sentence I'm not an English major lol. I've been keeping this tank since 2007, and its had many forms. Had a 10 gallon mineralized topsoil tank going for a few years, without a spec of algae and had to trim so often I got sick of it lol. I may have just really lucked out and had a really well balanced tank that go around.
Just not able to invest in a co2 system, and DIY co2 for a tank this size seems like it would create more problems than it would fix. Excel is an option also I understand, but these upgrades I am doing didn't cost me anything really and am trying to be frugal lol. Seen so many mineralized topsoil tanks that look fantastic with no dosing or co2. Was kind of hoping to imitate that.
Plants will be easy stems, swords and things of that nature. Nothing too delicate