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My 66g planted tank

Good evening tankers

I have been keeping a planted tank for about 3 years but recently went with new lights and today co2

My tank 4ft 66g bow front
Dirt (aquatic compost) capped with pea gravel
External fluval 306
4x59w T5HO 2x marine white 1x marine blue 1x tropical
Pressurised co2

So back story is I have been fine with slow growth for years and I added my T5 from my reef tank after I closed it down. Yup massive bust of algae beard and dust algae



So last week I decided to go the co2 route
I bought a regulator kit

Regulator with bubble counter
Tubing
U bend
ceramic disc defuser with check valve
And drop checker
£49.99 delivered






Pictures of pearling first ever in 3 years

Picture of my drop checker



Also a picture of algae on my bog wood



All pictures taken after lights / co2 had been on for 2/3 hours

Any advice or criticism welcome

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-11-2015, 07:24 PM
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It's because you have like 4 java ferns that cannot possibly use all those nutrients.

You can't add CO2 and a bunch of light and expect java ferns to grow at 100x their previous rate. With that amount of plants you should be running ultra low tech minimum lighting.

Pack your tank with plants that can grow quickly and take advantage of CO2. CO2 and good amounts of light are a total waste unless you have the plants to use it. Java fern is arguably the most low tech plant out there and uses extremely low amounts of nutrients / grows extremely slowly.

Look at other examples of successful tanks with med-high light and CO2. They are packed with fast-growing stems that thrive off of those nutrients. If your plants can't use it then algae will

also - you will need ferts

It's a shame that so many people fall into this trap - I have typed this same response countless times. Unfortunately people always jump to the conclusion that you can't go wrong as long as you add CO2. Causes a lot of frustration for a lot of people


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I do have some swords and jungle val lol

No no I understand the tank was almost full of Amazon swords but they got covered in beard algae after I fitted the t5 unit so I cut them
All down the jungle val is 2.5 feet long before it was about 3 inches

The tank is dirtied and regular ferts added (seachem flourish)

And as stated above I have just added the co2 to combat the algae today infact I am not to fussed about rapid growth

I have ordered baby teas and and dwarf sagi for it will also add plants over the weekend when I get a chance

Thanks for the reply

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Evening guys

Wee tank update
Added some plants and a new lump of wood






Looking better now

I am dosing 5/8ml of flourish a week

Lights are on for 11 hours daily

Cheers

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