It's kind of a science experiment to figure that out that you are running on your own tank, and it looks like the tank is quite new with plants that haven't really established themselves or grown in yet so it's likely to change as it goes a bit...
Yes, the picture was taken just a few days after planting. So the plants need some more time to establish I guess. Time has to tell... But I should be more conservative in the beginning, especially before I get some proper Co2?
"liquid co2" or glutaraldehyde I find is more of an algaecide than a significant source of carbon, if you work out how much carbon you are adding to the tank at regular dosing levels it's a miniscule amount. I think those things are advertised the way they are just to avoid uhhh extra legal overhead/bureaucracy. May I suggest you just go ahead and kill the riccia with fire now?
So you are saying that Liquid carbon like "Easylife Easy Carbon" is essentially just glutaraldehyde? I thought those where completely different things? It should be better than nothing shouldn't it?
What do you mean, you don't like my Riccia?
Juwel stuff is pretty rare here in the states... but the lido 200l is 65cm or ~26" tall so I'm going to say your light is probably not too high, especially once you have some real co2 hooked up.
Yes correct, sorry maybe I should've included the measurements in the description. It's a tall, boxy tank with quite unusual dimensions so there are around 22 inches from light to the substrate. I have been looking up real Co2 systems but it's quite expensive, especially for a student like me. I have been opting to go for a homemade Co2 system with citric acid and baking soda, just like the one "The king of DIY" made on YT. (
) But I'm afraid it might not produce enough Co2 for my tank (52 gallons). I have been reading about that most Co2 doesn't dissolve in the water, it just floats up like bubbles, so I was thinking about hooking up my diffuser inside my internal filter so that the impeller dissolves the Co2 into even smaller bubbles, thus making the citric acid method more effective for my tank. I'm also gonna hook up an air pump that will run on nighttime so it will help remove excess Co2 so it doesn't kill my fishy. Am I completely in the wrongdoing here or could it work? (It's kind of a new topic I know) My goal with this is hopefully to get some healthy plant growth and some carpeting from my Monte Carlo.
Thank you for taking your time replying to and helping me Wobblebonk, much appreciated.