Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Arapahoe County, Colorado
@dprais1, thank you for the link, but not quite what I'm going for.
@mstamper, thank you also for your input, though I disagree that gravel cleaning is not necessary. Obviously I don't go thru with a siphon and stir up the gravel, but I certainly remove all visible detritus from the surface. There is certainly enough gunk being broken down that my eyes cant see that keeps my plants happy. mulm traps = algae in experience. Think more hydroponics. In this case, I'm looking to increase the viable amount of bacteria i can get to colonize deep in my substrate to improve the health of the root's that do reach that far down w/ the addition of the proposed aeration. I'm planning on creating a paludarium, with some parts of the tank looking to get probably 8" - 10" of substrate, and that is where I would look to aim le bubbles. These would be mostly boggy plants, not full aquatics and the wands would be buried at the bottom of the land area, only go off at night so as not to further hinder co2 absorption for the aquatics, and would be pretty mild in their output. Again, not looking to keep anything that will be overly co2 needy submerged.
Anyways just an idea I'm thinking about experimenting w/ on a small scale, trying to avoid anaerobic areas in these deep substrate areas.
Again, thank you for you input! Cheers