|11-01-2012 02:47 AM|
|11-01-2012 12:27 AM|
|Jim_PA||So I am thinking I will run the CO2 real low, mostly because I am lazy don't want to pull it out and remove my reactor. I hope it the right way to go. Plus I will never sell it for what I put into it.|
|11-01-2012 12:19 AM|
|10-31-2012 10:14 PM|
|email@example.com||Then reduce your light and keep the CO2. You'll have good, slower growth with lower light and CO2, and need to fertilize less (because of the lower growth) and do less water changes (because there's less ferilizer hanging around). You'll also have less algae.|
|10-31-2012 08:25 PM|
|Fishies_in_Philly||That substrate from aquarium plants will cap dirt just fine. I have used everything from ecocomplete to play sand to cap dirt, and that is in between the two, so you'll be good.|
|10-31-2012 08:04 PM|
Granular Size: 1.2mm to 2.8mm
If that's correct, it should work just fine.
|10-31-2012 06:53 PM|
|10-31-2012 06:47 PM|
|10-31-2012 06:05 PM|
Just say no to C02 based on your goals, like others have said.
Go for a good substrate and low-light root feeders. I personally prefer organic potting soil (not mineralized, I do a hybrid dry start to let organics start breaking down). With no c02 and low light, you won't need to change water or prune plants often or deal with dosing ferts. The most you might need is some excel.
My favorites: crypts hands down. Java fern and anubias come in a close second.
Seriously, get rid of the c02 and save yourself hours of work and maintenance. Pick the right plants, and you can still have a lush and dense planted tank. I think it's nicer on the critters too when they aren't being blasted with ferts and co2 constantly.
|10-31-2012 05:36 PM|
It is amazing what can be done with this!
|10-31-2012 05:14 PM|
Thanks everyone for the reply's
Have a nice planted tank, low maint.
Use Less Ferts if any
Use Less CO2
Avoid doing water changes every week (if I can)
Already have one child that 2 and a 2nd on the way, time is going to be limited. The CO2 system I have now is very high tech, high pressure, dual strage reg, with huge reactor and 20 lbs CO2 tank.
Most critical goal? Have wife stop yelling at me for working on the tank too much and also making a mess of the living room. ha ha
|10-31-2012 06:29 AM|
Yep, I ditch DIY CO2 as awell and just dosed with Flourish Carbon...
But its your tank... Gosh if only I had a proper Co2 system
|10-31-2012 04:37 AM|
Jim, I'm in the same boat as you. It's a big change but I came across this and thought it'd be pretty interesting. So, have you heard of the Low-Tech Excel method? Here's a link to a site explaining the low-tech with a substitute for CO2 approach.
|10-31-2012 04:00 AM|
|HypnoticAquatic||really just depends on what ur looking to get out of ur tank? no info on that . . . if i had another co2 i would still throw it on a low light tank just a little extra co2 really helps, but its all up to what you want out of it and whats in it ect ect. are u tryin to just go for low tech no co2 an any "fancy" things or just low light? low light doesnt have to be low tech.|
|10-31-2012 03:12 AM|
I also ditched my CO2 and went back to low-light. No ferts, no nothing. Just happy fish and happy plants. The plants grow slowly, but they seem pretty healthy to me and the look great.
I have been toying with the idea of turning back on the CO2, since I still have the whole setup (whole system for sale if anyone in Denver is looking). But, I don't want to put too much or my neocardina shrimp will stop breeding, and I'm starting to wonder what the point of adding CO2 would be.
If the plants grow a bit faster that doesn't really help me at all. There is nominal algae in the tank, and no problems that CO2 would fix.
So, now that it's been a few months I am pretty sure I just want to get rid of the CO2 and be done with it.
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