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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-05-2008, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
 
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Should I use DIY in a low light tank?

I have a 55g planted tank with low light (1 wpg). should I use DIY Co2? If I should, how many bottle should I use? Should I fertilize them? Thanks in advance
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-06-2008, 08:53 PM
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Adding CO2 will always make plants grow healthier, faster, greener and larger. Is it necessary? Probably not. I would use two bottles, with weekly alternating refills, to keep the CO2 supply fairly even.

Kinda the same for fertilizers. If your plants look pale or white-ish or otherwise lacking, adding some nitrates can help. It depends on many factors, so your info (1W/gal) isn't sufficient. If the tank is lit with a good 54W T5 HO bulb with excellent reflector, adding CO2 and ferts would be beneficial. If there are two 25 Watt spiral bulbs maybe not.

Perhaps you can measure NO3, if it is around zero adding a bit can sure help.


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before my pressurized co2 i used two on a 60gal, only changed them every month, and used tom barrs internal co2 reactor and everything was peachy.
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Thanks guys. May be I should save some money to buy another 60watts (total 120watts).
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Thanks guys. May be I should save some money to buy another 60watts (total 120watts).
If you do that then you really should get some CO2 in there.

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