Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Orange County, CA
Actually, having a lower light tank for me is frustrating. My tank's 5' long, and I only have a 48" light unit (JBJ Formosa) over it, so the corners are fairly dark. And the jungle val and huge sword (can't remember the name, but the new growth leaves are reddish) block out a lot of light. The only other plants that do well in my tank are crypts, tiger lillies, anubias, and hygro. I can't grow the really pretty red stuff, like red myrio, or some of the other fine-leaved stem plants. I tried sunset hygro (love your avatar, by the way), but it wouldn't grow red, only whitish veins, and very leggy. That, and I hate the inconsistency of DIY co2. My fish don't seem to like when I hook up a new bottle- it's probably that they get used to dwindling co2 levels as the last bottle runs out, and then they have to deal with a fresh burst of full-on co2 from a new bottle. Don't get me wrong- I haven't lost any fish due to this, but the morning after I add a new bottle, (before the lights come on) I can see a lot of my fish hovering at the surface, and they look almost like they're gasping for air. I was told before I went DIY that there was no way that one bottle of DIY co2 would effect my tank enough to shock the fish, but sometimes, I wonder...
I already have an Aquamedic 1000 co2 reactor, and I've got my eye on the controller/regulator kit from Glass-Gardens (they also have it listed on Ebay). I don't remember offhand if both the controller and regulator are Milwaukee, but I think so.
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550g pond= koi, comets/shubunkin, water lillies.
165g RES turtle pond in progress.
100g planted tank= 240 watts c.f., 1 DIY 1-gal co2 jug, platies, angels, lace gouramies, congos, black neons, otos.
30g= cories, platies, platy fry, ghost shrimp.
18g= platy fry
10g= baby RES tank- Turtlebuddy
30g= temp. adult RES tank- Myrtlemamma
20gL= temp. juv. RES tank- Tweak and Mertle