Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Central New York, USA
Thanks for the replies!
Well I have another 4L container I can put in-line. A pkg of yeast Fleishman's baker yeast may be a bit much, but it can't be much more than 2 tsp or 1 tbls.? Based on the bubble count of 1-2 bps, I think perhaps I could use a bit less, but it seems to be working pretty well (remember it's a 4L container). If I continue doing this I may get some active brewers yeast instead (I see some on Amazon).
I call it an experiment because my plants (low tech) were growing well with minimal ferts. Then two things happened. I bought some Val off ebay that seemed like a good deal, but now I'm convinced introduced BBA. Bad enough that I pulled all of the Val out and trashed it and have since been dosing some Excel, plucking and using some peroxide.
Also, my tank was well established for years before I planted. The plants grew great for several months with modest fertilizer, then it's like they stopped growing. Oh they look okay, just not growing anything like they were. So I've upped the dosing and now added some DIY CO2 to see if I can make the plants happier (again)!
I have the Finnex Planted+ 24/7 and run in 24/7 mode and since the plants responded well for months, I'm staying in 24/7 mode and going at it from the fert/co2 direction. Dipping a toe in the DIY Co2 water (was than a pun?) is so inexpensive, it seemed like I almost had to.
Now because the co2 is running 24/7 (not sure what would happen if I put the elite on a timer), I'm running an air bubble bar during the night to ensure there is ample O2 in the tank at night. This may be somewhat counter productive, but I sure don't want to gas my fish.
Although I get a pretty steady stream of micro bubbles from the elite, after seeing a Youtube, I'm thinking of putting a sponge (fluval pre-filter) over the outlet to see if there might be an even better infusion into the water (the bubble although tiny seem to rise to the surface quickly). Then again, perhaps I'm over thinking it.
Tank On, Mike-
60g Marineland Community, Finnex Planted+ 24/7, Silica (pool filter) sand.