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diy co2 or not

ok so ive setup my 7 US gallon (roughly 26 litres) aquarium with a few annubias, java fern, moss balls amazon sword plant etc i have a 14 watt fluorescent tube fitting with a colour enhancing bulb and was wondering weather i should add co2 or not what do u guys think?


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tough question...my opinon is that some is better than none. others on here would like to beat me up by saying diy co2 is not consistent and causes so many fluctuations that plants are constantly adapting to varying water conditions.

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ok so ive setup my 7 US gallon (roughly 26 litres) aquarium with a few annubias, java fern, moss balls amazon sword plant etc i have a 14 watt fluorescent tube fitting with a colour enhancing bulb and was wondering weather i should add co2 or not what do u guys think?
I would say with the plants you have chosen that it isn't necessary. But you can certainly try it if you wish. That amazon sword will probably have to be ripped out in the end as it will grow too big for your tank.

P.S when you say colour enhancing bulb, what type of bulb do you mean? What kelvin rating does it have? For plants you want between 6500 and 10000k.
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now you've lost me on the bulb it doesnt say anything about kelvins neither does it on the box help please where do i find this out?


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Don't make more work for yourself I'd say.. With 2 wpg and low light plants I would believe you could get away without adding any co2.
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now you've lost me on the bulb it doesnt say anything about kelvins neither does it on the box help please where do i find this out?
Hmm. Here in Australia, the kelvin is listed on all fluorescent lights, even house lights. It's usually very small, and would just read (as an eg): 5000k. If you can't find it anywhere, perhaps tell us what brand it is and wattage, and perhaps someone will be familiar with it.

How are your plants doing? We'd love to see a photo.
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