my name is Jeff. I have been reading through this forum for awile, lots of good advice. I have a 75 gal. tank, Marineland c-360 filter, HD dimand plate shop light with 2 32w bulbs, pool filter sand substrate, some drift wood, and some plants (can't remember the names).
I am using api root tabs. I am haveing a hard time with BBA and thinking about putting together a co2 system, to help with plant grouth and the BBA.
I have a Victor singal stage ragulator that I can use, any advice on using it would be great.
My goal is to have a good looking planted tank with out going broke to get it lol.
sorry for the spelling and the rambuing just trying to give all the info I can.
you can read up on settign up CO2 on rex's planted tank guide. Its pretty straightforward but you really should invest in both a solenoid and needlevalve. It will save you a ton of time. Also, get a CO2 tank, not a paintball tank. I love the look of ceramic disk diffusers so i use them. You will also need a diffusion method, dont jsut bubble it in via a tube. highly inefficient. BBA is usually fluctuation CO2, so get that CO2 up!
Also its a lot cheaper to go low tech. You can still have a beautiful tank if you plan it right. But dont expect to be able to grow more demanding plants in low tech.
thanks for the reply. I plan on getting everything for c02 over time (short on funds). I would like to stay low tech because of money.
I have read alot about low tech, it is hard to piece together what I need to do to have a good low tech tank. The light I have is because of what I read on here. I'm not sure what to do about fertilizers? I am sure I will have more ?s as I go, so bare with me. I will post some pics when i can. thanks
If you are low tech, your fish should be able to provide most of the nutrients from their waste. You may need to dose some here and there, but probably very little.
When I had no regulated CO2 system setup, I had BBA.
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