It has been 24 hours with my first Co2 attempt, and I need advice and comments. I'd appreciate help and input, etc. even if it is negative.
I have 7 years of fishkeeping experience, with 6 years experience of low-level maintenance plants (commonly found plants, lighting and liquid ferts. only).
29 gallon standard, fully cycled, 7 weeks old
: Normal PH without
Co2=7.8. 24 hours later w/Co2=7.4...Ammonia and NitrItes=0...NitrAtes=30...GH
Stuff in my tank that may (or not) effect the ph: 1 1/2 quickrete playsand with 1/2 inches landscaping gravel on top, one 4"x2" piece of driftwood, one 7"x3" slate of petrified wood.
All-glass Aquarium T8: Full-Spectrum Daylight, 8000 Kelvin daylight color temp, 17w.
Lights of America 24": 17w, additional specs below.
Incandescent Equiv.: 75 watts
Color Temperature: 7800 K Kelvin
Dimensions: 2.5" x 24"
Light Output: 1,093 lumens
Color Temperature: Grow Light
Warranty: 1 year
Replacement Bulb: F17T8/GL
Assembled in USA
2L bottle with 1 tsp baking yeast, 2 1/2 cups sugar, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1.5 liters dechlorinated water, running into smaller gatorade bottle producing 1 bubble per second, diffuser is an unused non-menthol cigarette butt. I also put a small square of plastic canvas above the bubble stream to catch some of the bubbles and trap them in place for a while. The diffuser is set under the outflow of my HOB filter. Unfortunately, I do not have a Co2 reader at this point.
I have included a video to show what the bubbles are doing, and have a few questions. The link to the video is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mbcV...ature=youtu.be
1. Is there any room for improvement on diffusing my bubbles in my tank, or is this setup pretty good? I am considering putting another bottle of Co2 on the other side (if needed), or simply placing an air hose that would blow the fine bubble stream more towards the right side of my tank...what does everyone think?
2. I am guessing my lighting isn't enough and if so, how much do I need?
3. Is 12 hours of light a good plan for this type of setup? As yet, I haven't added anything that is above beginner's level except for some Hair Grass that I installed about a week ago.
3. I will run a long air stone at night to balance my piece of mind for my fish while I sleep. I am guessing that I can do this without worry of poisoning my fish, but if I DO set up another Co2 unit (only if needed), would this still be efficient?
4. Does my water seem to be stable enough to handle the Co2? I will still check everyday for a week or so to be sure, but what is everyone's opinions?
5. What fertilizers does everyone suggest?
6. Is there anything else I haven't thought of?
I also plan to add root tabs (DIY Osmocote) to my substrate, and I fertilize with Tetra FloraPride 0-0-3.
I would also like to mention that I am on a budget, so as much as I would LOVE to upgrade my system for Co2, I cannot...I can, however, purchase more ferts.
I want to add some dwarf baby tears, rotala rotundifolia (dying for it to be red), crystalwort, and Fissidens-moss, and some other type of mid-level red plant.
I am trying to get a handle on this new venture, as I will have a custom-made bubblegum machine tank in a few months and want to really make it kick-bootay! (will post that in a different thread in the near future.)