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Tank Journal (need your suggestions)

Hello,

I've had this 5.5 gallon cherry shrimp tank for a couple years and I've decided to make it a planted tank. It has only been set up like this for 4 days. I have a high nutrient soil, 15 watt 6500k light, and am using flourish excel and flourish tabs.
The plants are HC, HM, dwarf hairgrass, Ludwigia brevipes(i think?), red cabomba, blyxa japonica, and marsilia minuta.

I'm going to use this thread as a journal for updates and to find out how I can use your knowledge to help make it "flourish"

I want to try Co2, but no matter where I look online there isn't a beginner outline for someone who has never tried Co2.

Do you think I will need Co2 for growth? Where do I start if you think I do need it?

Any suggestions are highly appreciated.
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as far as co2 a DIY yeast reactor should be enough.
check this thread out I asked how to make one and recieved plenty of info.
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That is a great link, peppers! very detailed!
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Would that set up work? it's pretty inexpensive and claims it's everything i need.

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Yeah it'll work but its more expensive.
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Heres another link to DIY yeast reactor, I couldnt find it at first but its a good write up
https://www.plantedtank.net/articles/DIY-Yeast-CO2/7/
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It's appealing because only the initial is expensive(i can get an adaptor that attaches to a regular Co2 bottle), then i can get a 5lb bottle and refill it for cheap, and it would last a few months apparently? but where do you get something like that refilled? lol I think i'm going to buy it.
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those arent refillable...you buy disposable cartridges

if you are gonna buy an adapter and whatnot for a 5lb tank

just save your money and buy a 5lb tank and regulator...or a paintball tank...the price isnt that much different

I run a 20oz paintball tank on a 10gal and it runs for 5-6months easily

it is IMPOSSIBLE to find 1 person who regrets going pressurized

if you do it right, you can spend a lot of money in this hobby...of course, if you do it wrong - you'll spend A LOT more
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Thanks money bags. Can you suggest some regulators i could buy that you think aren't too confusing? haha
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theres a thread here on building a paintball regulator set up
its pretty cheap Im sure... ~$50-60

I didnt build either of my regulators...I bought 2-20oz paintball tanks w/ regulator (a mistake) for about $10 less than a 5lb tank w/ regulator and the 5lbs is about 4x more CO2

...but I didnt know any better at the time

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yeah it seems i could get a 5lb tank for about 60 bucks. but where to find one... haha
i think i'm going to get all the items i listed above.
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when my equipment arrives. i'm going to place the tank under the aquarium will this create any problems? or is that exactly what the check valve is for? where should the diffuser be placed in the tank? some sites say under the filter flow because it makes the bubbles stay in the water longer.

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how many bubbles per second? should i turn the co2 off during the night?
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so many questions lol...

umm...there is a guy who has a pressurized CO2 [training] guide in his sig links

unfortunately, I cant think of his username...BUT hes very active so Ill run across it again sometime VERY soon Im sure...Ill link back to it within a day or two

...sorry

but a general answer is...its up to you...I have a solenoid on my CO2 tanks but dont use them...I run it 24/7 because I dont particularly care about the waste (CO2 is cheap) and my fish and shrimp are happy, healthy and colorful

no problem where you place the tank as long as its not in your aquarium

diffuser is whatever floats your boat and grows your plants...invest in a drop checker tho, they are cheap and incredibly helpful

BPS is whatever works...consult your drop checker

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found it!!

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pl...-id-share.html

I havent read it all myself (as he made it after I had pressurized CO2) but from his posts it should be very solid

it is IMPOSSIBLE to find 1 person who regrets going pressurized

if you do it right, you can spend a lot of money in this hobby...of course, if you do it wrong - you'll spend A LOT more
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