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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-19-2014, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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Out of Co2

I just ran out of Co2 last night. I am unable to fill the tank for at least a month. My tank is a 65 gal, med-high light tank. I have crypts, vals, anubus, java ferns and pigmy chain swords. My question is, what is the best way to keep everything going with out too much melting. I mean I understand the growth will be greatly slowed.Do I limit the fert, the light, or carry on and hope for the best.
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Keep the ferts going, and maybe cut back/raise the light. If your tank is densely planted you might just be able to do nothing and be fine. Planted tanks absolutely do not REQUIRE co2, it makes things easier, but it is not an absolute requirement.


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My lights are only on for 6.5 hrs anyways...I cant raise light do to a hood, but would a window screen work the same.
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My lights are only on for 6.5 hrs anyways...I cant raise light do to a hood, but would a window screen work the same.
Yep, that's an excellent way to cut back if you can't raise 'em.


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Thanks for the help...
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As the others suggested cut back on the light big time. Also if you have excel you can use it to provide growth to the plants, and keep algae away.
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I do have excel, but it totals my vals...so I only use it when I must
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Just curious, what is the cause of the delay? CO2 is really cheap in the US and generally very readily available at welding stores, like Airgas.

I wish you the best and just wanted to bring this up to make sure you weren't waiting to get it at a LFS which is typically hideously expensive.

My last refill on my 20lb tank was 12 bucks in MI.
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My last refill on my 20lb tank was 12 bucks in MI
I am being flipping robbed! I pay $43 in Elko at Airgas for my 20 lb.!

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Lucky. It's like 35$ for a 5lb tank from a paintball place for me. any of the other options require you to exchange or send away the thank for a fill


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They delay is the money.....food for kids is a little more important...
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Wow I pay 8$ for a 20lb tank. You guys really need to look around for a better source. Ask them about larger tanks when I got mine a 5lb was $70 and a 20lb was $45.

Its more expensive for the little ones. It's only a $2 more charge for the 20lb tank. They are not usually shiny and nice but will save you heaps.

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Bigger is cheaper. It just would fit in my stand!


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They delay is the money.....food for kids is a little more important...
Can't you just sell one of the kids? J/K
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Hate to say it but maybe you should try to back off the light some and negate the need for CO2 permanently. You shouldn't have to choose between food and your tank. You can have a low-cost and low demand tank. Having a tank that requires CO2, daily dosed ferts, whatever else because of your light, can be costly.

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