CO2 For the Beginner - More Questions
After having read a few articles, I have come up with some questions specific to the topic of CO2. I have recently begun using Flourish Excel as a source of carbon in my aquariums, but have discovered it may be expensive to continue with this regime. The tanks I have to use it on are 55 gallon, 20 Gallon, and 10 Gallon tanks. With this in mind, I began to wonder if it may be more economial, and more natural, to use a CO2 system. I wonder what are the differences between tanks supplemented by Flourish Excel as compared to naturally generated CO2.
The biggest question in my mind is regarding the stability of the GH and KH in relation to the CO2 supplement, and what I might have to do to keep this in balance. Having reverse osmosis water, would it cause these numbers to crash even more, affecting the overall stability of the water?
Also, I wondered if it would be advisable for a beginner to go this route? I am familiar with testing water parameters for my fish, and would have no problem doing the same for my plants if need be. I don't see there being a problem for me as far as complexity or level of maintenance, because I enjoy the challenge. But I don't have a lot of money to work with, which could be a problem.
Is there a low light/low co2 type set-up that would be an intermediate balance between totally low-tech/no fertilizer and high-tech/high-light/high expense? I would like something that would be challenging but not overwhelming. Is there such a thing? After all, as much as I love my plants, the fish are my main concern. I would not want to get ahead of myself and create a situation that could get out of control and harm my fish. I might also add that some of the fish I keep/plan on keeping enjoy an environment with some level of algae, such as Loaches and Garras. I also have plans to convert this tank to a River Manifold, so there would be a good level of circulation.
I would be pleased to see any recommendations you might have a well as hearing about your experiences when you began to supplement with co2.
Last edited by leafshapedheart; 02-28-2009 at 06:18 PM.