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CO2 in 10g

Is CO2 in a 10g with a 15 watt flourescent strip light needed? I know people that have it bt I thought its only needed in high lit tanks.


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Nah...that's very low light. You should be ok. I have a 10 gallon at work with no CO2. And I added another 15 w to make it 30 watts, but only for 4 hours a day. Another 5 hours with the 15 w.

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Well to start off I am going to get a Java Fern but then some Wisteria and try to find some Anachirs.


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CO2 will always make your plants grow faster, healthier and bigger, no matter if low light or high light.

If you currently don't add any fertilizer (NPK), starting to use CO2 might require you to do that to support the additional plant growth.

If you are happy with your plants right now, I would say don't add it. If you would like to get the growth up just a notch, especially if you have hard water, adding a bottle of DIY CO2 is an interesting experience.

If you want to further speed up plant growth, adding some light along with the CO2 and ferts would be the solution.

For my 10gal tank, I started with an incandescent hood, and later gutted it and put a 2x 13W AHS kit in it, that made it sort of "medium light" with CO2 and ferts recommended, if not required.


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Well I dont have plants yet. I tried a DIY CO2 and it was a PITA. I was thinking of bying a CO2 system at petsmart for $35. I will also be dosing ferts once I get enough money to buy some lol.


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I have DIY co2 in two of my ten gallons. It only takes me a total of about 15 min. to make a new bottle. I have been tinkering with a recipe that has lasted 3weeks so far, I'm waiting to see how long it will go before it starts to dwindle. Once I see how long it lasts I'll think about posting it for the other 10g DIY co2 users.
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Which co2 system are you refering to? I can send you a small starter pack of greg watson ferts if you are interested.
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I have DIY co2 in two of my ten gallons. It only takes me a total of about 15 min. to make a new bottle. I have been tinkering with a recipe that has lasted 3weeks so far, I'm waiting to see how long it will go before it starts to dwindle. Once I see how long it lasts I'll think about posting it for the other 10g DIY co2 users.
On a different note... How's everything coming along with your tank James?
My tankis doing good. The Danios seem to be alright. Noone died yet. I cant wait to get plants and all.

@yoink-That will be great! I cant seem to find that around here!


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You won't find Greg Watson ferts in stores. You'll need to order off his website. Great dealer, no complaints here!

I used CO2 in my 10g with the 15w NO strip. Quite a difference in the growth rate of my Riccia and...uh.....I think it was my Water Sprite that really took off. Could of been the Anacharis too, I forget.

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LOL, maybe thats why I cant find it . I think I should try a DIY CO2, but I dont want to mess up. Is there like a sticky on it?

I just want to say that I been here a week and I been getting so much help. I am getting items and such for great prices. I just want to say thanks everyone and I love this site!


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Make the whole in the cap smaller than the tube and make sure you have to pull it hard to get it through, this way you won't have to worry about sealing around the tube or getting tiny bulkheads. All you need is a bottle, tubing, check valve, and diffusion method. I like to use a fine mist airstone under the filter intake for diffusion.
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Make the whole in the cap smaller than the tube and make sure you have to pull it hard to get it through, this way you won't have to worry about sealing around the tube or getting tiny bulkheads. All you need is a bottle, tubing, check valve, and diffusion method. I like to use a fine mist airstone under the filter intake for diffusion.
Will a regular airstone work or no?


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Regular airstones fall apart a whole lot faster and they don't make small enough bubbles IMO. I like the glass diffusers. (by the way the recipe I sent you was for use with a regular airstone, If you want glass than you'll have to double the yeast to get enough pressure)

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Okay. I think I will have to go with a regular airstone because I cant find a fine mist airstone or a glass diffuser.


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