First, i'd like to say hello. My name is Ricardo and i'm just now trying to make the transition to a healthy
planted tank. I do currently have a semi-planted tank but my plants do not seem quite healthy and do not seem to grow very well. Here's a few specs:
-tank is a 125g (standard 6 footer)
-i dose some dry fertz (per a fellow members advise from another forum)
i can go into detail about this if you'd like
-i dose excel and flourish on a every-other-day alternating basis
-my lighting consists of 4x65 6700k coralifes
-substrate is eco-complete red
-i use seachem root tabs
-higher pH at around 7.8
-i can get gh and kh readings if necessary
please let me know if i need to submit any more info for help. my goal is to buy a co2 set up to keep my plants healthy. i have been told i would need more light, but my canopy was done in such a way that i can not remove both of the JBJ 4ft light fixtures (i bought it that way). so i'm stuck with just a tad over 2wpg.
i am looking at this setup here
I plan to buy a 10lbs tank locally. I will be buying a reactor from Rex as well to distribute it through one of my xp3's. my concern is getting good quality parts but at a good price, seeing as i'm already in cold water with the significant other for spending so much money on a fish tank
With that being said, what else would I need to purchase in order to make this whole setup work? i at least know i also need a check valve, would this one work?
wrt the co2, i have a few other questions
1.if i run the co2 only during the day, would the pH swing during the night?
discus really don't like pH swings at all
2.i was told there was no need to run a airstone with co2, but i currently
have a sponge filter which i need because i'm still seeding one of my
xp3's, do i need to get rid of it? so no air at all in conjunction with co2? even at night?
3.have any of you had any problems with the combo of the regulator and
controller that i previously linked to?
4.i am only doing 1 water change a week now, when i do a wc is it fine to just turn off the xp3 and regulator w/ controller? i would have everything hooked up to a strip outlet which i turn everything off when doing a wc, except for the lights of course. i do roughly a 80% wc (i use to do 95% wc daily when growing out the discus in a BB
), so i'm finally beginning to enjoy my tank
5. does the reactor affect an xp3 at all?
i'm sure i have plenty of other questions but i'd hate to hit you fellow members with such a plothora of questions that i get none answered, lol. i have been reading up a lot but i must admit, the layout of this forum is a tad bit different than the one i'm use to navigating. i look forward to creating more traffic in this forum, seems to be a great looking community.
here's a few pictures so you get the feel of what i have:
full tank shot
these are my discus and the reason why i've had to sleep in the couch a few nights, lol