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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-09-2012, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
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I just set up a 38 gallon tank with some plants.

I have:
1 x 38 gallon tank
1 x 96 watt coralife aqualight compact fluorescent
1 x Aqua clear 50
1 x Aqua clear 30
1 x A power head for water circulation
1 x 20 oz paintball co2 tank
1 x Cheap regulator that i will never buy again because its a pain

Fish:
I think 2 mollies adult and like 10 babies roaming the tank freely

Plants:
Bunches

2 of : Baby Tears (Dwarf) grown on (plantable) MAT (3"x5")
2 of : Diandra (Didiplis diandra)
1 of : Java Fern (Narrow leaf)(Microsorium pteropus)
2 of : Rotala Indica (Rotala roundifolia)
2 of : Rotala Magenta (Rotala macrandra v. 'narrow leaf')
2 of : Wisteria (Hygrophila difformis)

B4 planting:


After planting:
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Baby Tears:


Temporary lighting:

Had to fix my CFL cuz the wires was sparking.

CO2 setup:


Diffuser:


Thats my aquarium...
I want to breed rams in it.
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I like that its colorful. Also like pictures.
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My co2 is quite high. It is difficult to control with my stupid regulator. The water is sort of foggy with co2 mist. i tested a ph of 6.4 and kh of 3.5 giving me about 35 or 40ppm co2.

Thats too high right?
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what problems may arise other than too much co2 for the fish? will it affect plants? cause algae?
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Hey nice start up bro. Welcome to PT...

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My co2 is quite high. It is difficult to control with my stupid regulator. The water is sort of foggy with co2 mist. i tested a ph of 6.4 and kh of 3.5 giving me about 35 or 40ppm co2.

Thats too high right?
Best thing to do is turn on CO2 when lights are on and turn off when lights are off. 1 or 2 bubbles per second.

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I don't have a bubble counter or solenoid or nothing.
i have to mess with the regulator (that is supposed to have a built in needle valve) to get the desired CO2 output.

I am beginning to wonder if it would be better not to spend too much money on fish until i get a better regulator or something so i don't gas all my fish dead.

I just want the plants to grow. I have never had a successful planted tank. But my HC pearls everyday when i turn the lights and co2 on and the stem plants have healthy new growth on the tops. and no algae yet.

so far so good.
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