I have a 15 gallon column tank. low tech. finnex planted + 12"on the way, as well as a fluval C3. This is my first planted tank. Although CO2 isn't required for most low tech set ups, does it help? Debating on weather or not to add it to my tank. Also, I haven't bought any fertz yet. What do you recommend? What kind as well as a brief how to. Any tips that you think would help. Thank you.
There's been a lot of debate on the necessity of CO2 in low tech tanks since the hobby started, but I'm going to say this. CO2 benefits planted systems 100% of the time; high tech, low tech, or no tech and I personally advocate using CO2 in every single planted system. I won't do a planted tank without CO2 of some sort again.
After light, CO2 is the most important and essential thing one can add to a planted tank. For your tank, getting an LED fixture that can put out decent light, I would get an ISTA setup (unless you have the money for a full pressurized gas system). They're not inexpensive, but they're well worth the investment and will pay dividends over the long term.
For beginners I recommend using one of the brands of liquid fertilizers for a couple of reasons.
1. They're much harder to overdose.
2. They typically have good directions that are easy to understand.
3. No recognized brand; Seachem, NilocG, Brightwell, etc will sell a product that would harm your tank as it would put them out of business.
4. Being able to not worry so much about fertilization allows you to observe your tank more and learn how the plants and overall ecosystem responds to the things you add.
Yes, dry ferts are cheaper per unit of active ingredient, but there's also a steep learning curve associated with them. As a beginner you're better off cutting your teeth, as it were, using premade liquids, even if you are a chemist or biologist.
For now, I would get the CO2 and leave it at that while you learn how it affects things. That may end up being all you need. If not, then look into ferts. I'm familiar with Seachem so would recommend their Flourish line, but people I respect highly have said good things about Thrive, and there are fewer bottles to worry about. The choice is yours. Whichever you pick, just follow their directions as written. Breaking the rules will come once you've learned the rules.
Originally Posted by BettaLover1233
Hmmm. Thanks for the help but,
I have camellanus worms in my tank and I think that it would be great if I could put in dewormer DIRECTLY into the tank.
I thought lemevisol would work but idk. I also plan to (if the other plan doesn't work) cycle a new tank then quarantine the fish (otto, pleco, guppys) but a type of camellanus worm can be found in shrimp too. Soo idk.
But if there are treatents safe for plants, shrimp, and snails anyone, pls let me know. Sence u r experienced what do you think I should try to do to get rid of camellanus worms from my tank and fish?
If it's that bad and you're willing to take the risk, dose the tank. Otherwise get a QT going as fast as you can, treat the fish, and keep them out until the worms die. That's the best alternative I can offer.