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your expert opinion is needed

Hello,

I have a new 47" long x 15" deep x 23.5" high aquarium that I'm planning to keep small tropical fish in it (guppies, neon tetras..)

can I plant live plants without a CO2 system only with flourish excel and maybe some DIY CO2?

will the plants live? (I'm thinking of planting a carpet plant and background plants)

+ what type of lighting should I use, I want to choose my plants according to the lighting that I'm going to use and since my CO2 is limited what do you think works best?
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the answer to your question largely depends on the question raised and the plants you wish to grow.


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can I plant live plants without a CO2 system only with flourish excel and maybe some DIY CO2?
Yes. you can.

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will the plants live? (I'm thinking of planting a carpet plant and background plants)
There are several plants that can survive and grow well in systems without CO2. I have many in my non-CO2 tank that i started recently.

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+ what type of lighting should I use, I want to choose my plants according to the lighting that I'm going to use and since my CO2 is limited what do you think works best?
I would probably have low to medium lighting and plants that can grow in low-to-medium light/non-co2 environment. i would not go for high light without co2 to avoid algae issues.
Total wattage of lights could be lesser than 2 Watts per gallon (watts per gallon is an approximate estimate . as your tank is tall, probably, your lighting could be on the higher side, i guess (probably other experts could advise on this). i dont have experience with tall tanks.

but, do more research to figure out the list of plants that can grow in low-tech tanks. search in this forum you will find a nice list of plants for low-light/no co2 tanks. also pls check plants profiles in this site.

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No expert here but the answer to your question is yes. The real answer to your question is more involved as your tank needs to balance CO2, O2, light, and ferts. The types of plants you select will require the levels of the above in differing amounts. The battle against algae will also be directly effected by the levels of the above.

Here is one of my tanks with fish and low light plants. This tank has no added CO2, low light levels, and low to medium light plants.

Many really beautiful tanks are shown in the gallery here with set ups across the specturm of low to high tech, (low light/CO2-High light CO2)

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CO2 in a pressurized bottle is a man made invention. As far as I know plants were growing without it long before we could walk upright. All plants will grow without it. The places that grow aquatic plants as a business aren't using CO2. So I say give it a try, it may just work out fine.


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