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Low Tech and CO2

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Would it be feasible/advisable to use CO2 in the early stages of setting up a low tech tank? I'm thinking this might be a way to jump start all the new plantings and then discontinue the CO2 to maintain.
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You can but without the light the plants won't use much C02 or ferts so there's a definite ceiling involved with using C02. I've done it before but I didn't experience phenomenal growth and I questioned the amount of C02 I wasted in the process.

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You can but without the light the plants won't use much C02 or ferts so there's a definite ceiling involved with using C02. I've done it before but I didn't experience phenomenal growth and I questioned the amount of C02 I wasted in the process.

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Sorry I wasn' quite specific enough. I'll try to rephrase. I wish to raise low tech type plants. However, would it behoove me to zap them with CO2 and high lighting just to kick start things. Then after they are grown to where I want remove the lighting and CO2 and continue along the low-tech path. Think "kick-start"
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Probably not most of them will die back after you remove them from the high-tech conditions depending on the plant and even then things like Anubias won't benefit much from those conditions anyway.

You can get pretty good growth without high-tech methods, good plant selections, OK lights and fert's will do amazing things all on there own. It's not like most of those types of plants really care about high light conditions anyway. While my low-tech tanks never have amazing growth (except for duckweed, hornwort, and java moss) they are lush with stunning green colors albeit a bit boring compared to my high-tech tank.

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