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Old 03-11-2012, 09:48 PM   #16
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Okay, thanks! I'll look for one the next time I go there!
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:01 PM   #17
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Just have to say: AHHH!!! They're pearling! The Ludwigia and xmas moss are pearling!!! I'll post pictures soon!!!!!!!
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Old 03-11-2012, 11:18 PM   #18
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To diffuse CO2 I wouldn't put it in the filter or else you will lose the filtration system. Just buy a limewood airstone from petco and use that.
Would a regular air stone work as well? I have a few of those lying around.
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:01 AM   #19
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Would a regular air stone work as well? I have a few of those lying around.
The regular airstones produce CO2 bubbles that aren't diffused into the water and just floats up to the surface. On the other hand, the limestone diffusers produce very fine bubbles that can be used by the plants.

Another way to diffuse the CO2 is to buy an Aquaclear 20 and stick the airline tubing up the intake pipe.

Also, I'm jealous! My ludwigia never pearls!
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:10 AM   #20
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The regular airstones produce CO2 bubbles that aren't diffused into the water and just floats up to the surface. On the other hand, the limestone diffusers produce very fine bubbles that can be used by the plants.

Another way to diffuse the CO2 is to buy an Aquaclear 20 and stick the airline tubing up the intake pipe.

Also, I'm jealous! My ludwigia never pearls!
Ok, I'll look for a limestone diffuser the next time I go to the store

Oh and thanks! I'm not sure exactly how I got everything to pearl but I did, well except the HC.
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:31 AM   #21
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I haven't heard/seen much (if any at all) success using an HOB to diffuse their CO2. I assume that the waterfall output of the HOB releases most of the CO2 into the air.

Tank looks good. Have you looked into rootcaps/substrate fertilizers? Also, check out RootMedic OneStep. It's now 14usd for 500mL, not sure on the shipping. Seachem Flourish is about 10-13usd at most large retail store.
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:37 AM   #22
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I plan on using fertilizers, they're also on my to buy list. I'll have to look at the RootMedic OneStep. Haven't heard of it. But thanks!
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Old 03-18-2012, 08:04 PM   #23
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I haven't heard/seen much (if any at all) success using an HOB to diffuse their CO2. I assume that the waterfall output of the HOB releases most of the CO2 into the air.

Tank looks good. Have you looked into rootcaps/substrate fertilizers? Also, check out RootMedic OneStep. It's now 14usd for 500mL, not sure on the shipping. Seachem Flourish is about 10-13usd at most large retail store.
The co2 bubbles get sucked up the intake and chopped up by the impeller. When I look inside my filter, I don't see any bubbles rising to the surface.
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Old 03-18-2012, 10:17 PM   #24
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Ok, so I need to add CO2 soon! It's a algae-y currently in the tank! The plants have really grown, but my betta knocked out some of the HC which I need to replant! Here's a picture of how it looks today:


Also for the CO2, should I use the limestone diffuser or the filter intake? I'm a little confused on that!
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Ok, so I need to add CO2 soon! It's a algae-y currently in the tank! The plants have really grown, but my betta knocked out some of the HC which I need to replant! Here's a picture of how it looks today:


Also for the CO2, should I use the limestone diffuser or the filter intake? I'm a little confused on that!
For the limewood airstone you would need to replace it every 3-4 weeks. Also, the filter intake method only works with filters that have impellers, like the aquaclear ones. The one you have right now is air powered, and wouldn't diffuse the CO2; there is no impeller to chop up the CO2 bubbles.
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The airstone I'd have to replace? Sorry, but the whole CO2 thing is fairly new to me and I seem to have not read enough on it because there are so many contradicting things out there! Thanks!
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The airstone I'd have to replace? Sorry, but the whole CO2 thing is fairly new to me and I seem to have not read enough on it because there are so many contradicting things out there! Thanks!
Yes; the wood eventually gets clogged up and the "mist" of bubbles goes away, leaving bigger bubbles that don't diffuse as well.
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Old 03-19-2012, 12:44 PM   #28
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Ok thanks! Hopefully the limestone diffuser will last long enough for me to find a regular diffuser. Going to set up the CO2 today
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you dont want limestone in your tank. limestone is calcium carbonate: CaCO3
CaCO3(aq) => Ca+2 + CO3-2
the CO3-2 (carbonate) ion is what you measure when you test kh (along with the bicarbonate ion HCO3- which is the complementary acid of carbonate).
bettas like low kh (as do many plants).

you want a ceramic diffuser. in my 7.5 gal i use this one: http://greenleafaquariums.com/co2-di...1000-nano.html
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Old 03-19-2012, 03:57 PM   #30
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I actually have a limewood mini airstone by oceanic, this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0027IZ7KG Will that effect the co3? I plan on getting this: http://ca-en.hagen.com/Aquatic/Water...plements/A7548
Will that work? Thanks!
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