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Old 12-28-2007, 03:51 AM   #1
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CO2 addition and lights?


Hey so can a planted tank work well with simply lights (looking at 3-4.5wpg) and was thinking of adding pressurized co2. Not a lot of co2 just 2-4 bubbles a second or something like that. I really do not know much about co2 just thinking about adding it since it can be a hands off addition just fill tank every year or something. I add little fert tabs into the substrate for my plants but really don't want to do all the monitoring or controlling or daily liquid fert adds.

So do I sound like I have something that could work with the lights 390watts of compact flourecent with ability to add another 130 if I remove acintic in a 150 gallon tank.

Any thoughts or help? places to get me started?

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Old 12-28-2007, 04:20 AM   #2
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too much light IMO.
for 150 gallon you can grow anything at 2 wpg.
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Old 12-28-2007, 04:33 AM   #3
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In my experience it's an absolute MUST to have CO2, even at moderate levels added to the aquarium with this much light. Be prepared for much in the way of pruning because I think your plant growth will be excellent!!..Good luck
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With 3-4.5wpg of light you will definitely need to add and monitor your CO2 levels and add ferts. The more light the more CO2 and ferts you will need to have available for your plants. If you want less potential problems and less work go with less light.
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Old 12-28-2007, 05:39 AM   #5
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ok here is what I want to do. Run CO2 pressurized into my tank but not really monitor anything except maybe ph. Second add fert tabs once a month or so around plants. Third watch my fish and plants grow.

For a set up like this which i really do want low tech without monitors and controllers and such how much light would I want in a 150 gallon tank?

Thanks for any help And I am willing to read is someone can point me to a good place to learn what I need to learn.

Thanks again for your help,
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what plants areu you planning to grow in your tank?
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Old 12-28-2007, 01:33 PM   #7
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Hey so can a planted tank work well with simply lights (looking at 3-4.5wpg) and was thinking of adding pressurized co2. Not a lot of co2 just 2-4 bubbles a second or something like that. I really do not know much about co2 just thinking about adding it since it can be a hands off addition just fill tank every year or something. I add little fert tabs into the substrate for my plants but really don't want to do all the monitoring or controlling or daily liquid fert adds.
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ok here is what I want to do. Run CO2 pressurized into my tank but not really monitor anything except maybe ph. Second add fert tabs once a month or so around plants. Third watch my fish and plants grow.

For a set up like this which i really do want low tech without monitors and controllers and such how much light would I want in a 150 gallon tank?

Thanks for any help And I am willing to read is someone can point me to a good place to learn what I need to learn.

Thanks again for your help,
Steven
If you are going to run that much light you have to have CO2. Trust me on this. The other thing is that it is not going to be a "hands off" type of tank. It is going to require a lot of maintenance and care. If you are looking for something that requires less maintenance you might want to check out the low light or low tech tanks.
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Old 12-28-2007, 09:31 PM   #8
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ok then how much light can I have in my 150 gallon and only add small dose or no dose of co2 and have plants live. I am not talking about anything special just swords, anubius, crypts and things like that easy plants java fern and such.

I can always run two strips of blue bulbs and only two strips of 6700k for 260watts of actual light and 260 of blue or just not run it all!

So how much light can I run with out having problems I have only 130 watts running now and even with fert tabs I can't even keep plants alive at 24 inches deep.

Help?
Steven (p.s I have lights on way but co2 is just thoughts in my head)
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