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co2 vs none pics please

Im on the fence whether to go pressurized co2 or not.Anyone have before and after pics.Not with higher light and a whole new setup,just apples to apples.
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i just got the the fluval co2 can hold up to 15 gallon tanks, I'm waiting on the results as well, but not to mention it is not as expensive to get the co2.
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If you got some fish, they naturally will produce CO2. In my experience, its mostly the lighting you have that will affect the growth of ur plants.
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If you got some fish, they naturally will produce CO2. In my experience, its mostly the lighting you have that will affect the growth of ur plants.

Well that's just not true. Lighting is a big part, but CO2 helps things along a lot.

Edit: Sorry OP, I don't have any pics for you. CO2 will make things grow a lot faster which is great, but it does create some more maintenance. In the form of trimming I mean. Not really an argument for or against, just something to keep in mind, particularily with faster growing stem plants. Those can get annoying when you end up having to trim every...single...week.
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Whether you need it or not depends alot on the plants you want to grow. Low light plants do fine without it. I could show you a pic of my low light non co2 tank if you wanted, but I think you actually want before and after pics, right?
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I always use CO2, regardless of whether the tank has lower light plants or not. It's possible to have a nice tank with healthy growth without, and plenty do this, but after trying both methods and seeing the results, I don't bother thinking about it anymore. Besides, once the initial investment is made, the cost is close to nil to refill the tank once every few months. I really don't see CO2 injection as a hassle or a big deal-just an automatic part of any planted tank I keep.

Also, using CO2 will alow you to play around with the lighting and increase it over time should you choose to do so for faster growth; this isn't an option for a tank without it (up to a point it is, but not to the same extent).

if you're on the fence, I say go for it!
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If you got some fish, they naturally will produce CO2. In my experience, its mostly the lighting you have that will affect the growth of ur plants.
Lighting drives the requirements for all nutrients; all of them must be non-limiting to have healthy growth. In fact, the higher the light, the quicker all hell can break loose (deficiencies/algae).
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