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CO2 with low plants ?

Hi guys,

I have an 55G custom tank with a pair of ivanacara adoketa.

I received my dual stage regulator this week, and i'm asking if i can inject co2 with low plants like Anubias, most mosses, Ceratopteris, some Cryptocoryne spp., Java fern, Bolbitis heudelotii and Pistia ?

I have an Ada malaya substrate in the tank, a Razor R420R 8000k for the lightning.

I also have a 15G tank without anything, so is it prefer to choose this tank to do an aquascape or the 55G is good with low plant ?

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Yes, I think most, if not all, plants will gladly appreciate extra co2 The java fern and anubias will grow like you wouldn't believe (assuming you add extra fertilizers as well). I would be more concerned about your fish. Increase co2 rate slowly, on a day when you are home, and with care.
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My ph is 5,5 at this moment, and my fish live between 4,5 and 6,5.

I bougth fertilizer from a guy here nigocg, i bought 3 kits for mine and 2 for my friend.

This thing, the 50% water change is it something i need to do, or 50% every two weeks is also good ?

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I would advise, however, not to lower the lights at this point. I went the route of having slow growing plants with high light, some ferts and DIY Co2 (which was unstable at best) and it ended up being an algae farm for a while lol. Adding CO2 and ferts with low light, although I have never really done that, I don't think will induce a lot of algae.

My low light tank on the hand, with no CO2 or ferts has never had a single algae problem (aside from your universal GSA on the glass).

Just a few words of caution! Best of luck!
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Low light and CO2 plants generally means that they grow much faster. Even in low light the added CO2 is benificial. It allows the plants to utilize the light they recieve more fully.
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Ok, but high light with low plants work or i will really need to swap my light with aquatic life 2x24 watts = 48 watts for 55G
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