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My first serious attempt at a planted tank

Ok so I have had several aquariums in the past but this time i decided to really go for lush green color and a dwarf hairgrass carpet. I just switch my 20 gallon high tank to the carib sea super naturals black sand, setup a DIY co2 injection, setup an odyssea 4x18w fixture with all 6500k bulbs.

What do you guys think? how does it look so far? it has been setup 3 days. I just added the other plants aside from the hairgrass. Im curious to see how fast the plants grow given the 72watts of light, c02 injection, and me giving them ferts. Im dosing with florish.

Also i decided to take the risk of buying the cheap oddyssea fixture despite the bad hype they (USED) to get. That was obviously on the older models and they have really got thier act together because this fixture and the bulbs seem very nice especially for the price!


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nice. i would plant more densely, turn off the airstone during the photo period unless that's your CO2 being unleashed... which then i would suggest adjusting the mixture.

If algae rears its ugly head, i recommend disconnecting one of the bulbs.


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nice. i would plant more densely, turn off the airstone during the photo period unless that's your CO2 being unleashed... which then i would suggest adjusting the mixture.

If algae rears its ugly head, i recommend disconnecting one of the bulbs.
Is the airstone bad for the plant growth? if so I will remove it completely(=. I know how Photo works but in an aquarium is the airstone counter productive to inducing c02? the co2 is coming from the small airstone on the right until my diffuser gets here wednesday.
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I added some more plants(=
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The air stone is good and bad. It allows oxygen to come into the tank but also off gasses your co2. A lot of people use their filter output to give the water a ripple and use that to oxygenate the water and may turn on an air stone at night to provide more oxygen into the tank.

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Ok, I want to set up a decent entry level pressurized co2 setup. The whole diy yeast thing is already EH. How are these aquatek regs? What else would I need aside from a co2 tank? I already have a diffuser on the way
http://www.amazon.com/AQUATEK-Regula...atek+regulator
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