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Help, there’s jell-o in my tank!!

After visiting the lfs yesterday a guy working there that was knowledgeable in plants had a suggestion as to a DIY CO2 recipe that would cut down on changing my co2. He suggested I use my current recipe but add jell-o. He said it’s suppose to make the reaction last long as all the gas doesn’t escape as fast. He forgot to add one thing, add a second 2liter bottle to keep the excess jell-o from going into the tank. I woke up today to find my tank had a red-tinge to the water. The fish are fish so far. Thank god! Now I’m looking for ideas as to designs of adding a second 2liter bottle to my design. Have any of you had this happen. What should I do? The plants are pearling somewhat. They have seemed to perked up since yesterday.

Yikes!! Jell-o!!
 

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...did you let the Jell-O set a little bit?

Jello is just coloring, sugar, and gelatin. Just do WCs throughout the week and you should be fine.
 

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LOL, I know it isn't funny, but I just got a vision of a jello mold with fish suspended in it instead of fruit!
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...did you let the Jell-O set a little bit?

Jello is just coloring, sugar, and gelatin. Just do WCs throughout the week and you should be fine.
no...:icon_frow That was another little peice of advice no one told me. I can say that this method make alot of co2 though.
 

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LOL, I know it isn't funny, but I just got a vision of a jello mold with fish suspended in it instead of fruit!
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LOLOL!! It's funny and its not funny at the same time. I just have some feeder guppies in there. The recipe made so much co2 that now they are gasping at the surface of the water. I want to add a air stone to the tank but I heard it was bad for the plants. Can't remember why.
 

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LOLOL!! It's funny and its not funny at the same time. I just have some feeder guppies in there. The recipe made so much co2 that now they are gasping at the surface of the water. I want to add a air stone to the tank but I heard it was bad for the plants. Can't remember why.
They say to not use airstones because it disperses CO2 which is exactly what you are trying to accomplish at this point. Also do some water changes. If you dont use carbon, its gonna be a little harder to get the color out.
 

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I have used a Jell-O additive to my DIY Co2 brew for several Months, and finally stopped using it. I found it interfered too much with yeast getting at the sugar, and a lot of yeast would die thus Co2 generation ended a lot sooner than expected. I find that water, sugar and a teaspoon of Seachem's Neutral Regulator 7.0 powder works best at giving me a good 3 weeks of bubbles without even having to shake the bottle.
 

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I just did a test on the water. Here's the readings...

pH-off the charts (over 8.4)
KH-off the charts (over 300)
GH-300
no2-10
no3-200
 

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Wouldn't the jello/yeast concoction smell horrible?

Gelatin is basically animal protein and they spoil really easily... And it'll smell like something died.

I've had my DIY yeast CO2 thing running for 3 weeks now and it looks like it'll go for another week or more... I put in a teaspoon solution of my KNO3 & KH2PO4 with plenty of sugar. The ferts help the yeast make more yeast.
 

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Here’s the bottle that collects the jell-o and yeast sludge


Here’s the co2 bottles themselves. That other two are empty because currently it is running on a 10gal. If I filled all three with yeast I think I’d kill my fish. The other two are for when I transplant the plants from the 10gal into the 55gal


Some shots of the glosso







A pic of the new plant. Anyone know what it is?


A full tank shot. Notice the cloudiness


This is the L. rebens today. Is it normal for this plant to do this?


Here’s some of the glosso floating in its new home in the 55gal. I will plant it when I can see through the water. I just pulled the glosso from the 10gal that was growing upright. I left the ones that were growing horizontal.


I also let the java moss float in the 55gal. I didn’t have room for it in the 10gal. The guy at the lfs gave me so much of it. It will be tied onto three pieces of driftwood I have in the tank.


Here’s the tank viewed from above


A full tank shot. The brown water is caused by the top soil. It will be topped with sand once it settles. There are actually three pieces of driftwood in there now and a large rock, although you can’t tell worth a darn. Lol! If you want to be technical two of the pieces of driftwood are actually sand blasted grape-vine from the reptile section at the lfs . It has been soaking in a 26gal garbage can since January. The other piece is fake driftwood from petsmart.


Angle shot


A shot of the whole set up. The tank is actually sitting on a scaffold until I get the stand. The lighting is a 300watt halogen shop light. Again, temporary until I get two fluorescent shop light fixtures with two 40watt bulbs each. Not the ideal situation, but it will have to do.
 

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whoa how much yeast do you put in there? i guess i need some big bottles like that, i run out of yeast too fast i put alot in there but it makes so little co2 time to add jelllo
 

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whoa how much yeast do you put in there? i guess i need some big bottles like that, i run out of yeast too fast i put alot in there but it makes so little co2 time to add jelllo
I added .75 of an oz of dry active baker's yeast the first time I made the mixture. This is my first time replacing the mixture. I kept the sludge from the botom of the bottle and poured off the top.

1st--I added two cups of suger to the bottle of sludge

2nd--I added about two cups of warm water into the bottle, put the cap on, and shook the bottle until some of it was disolved.

3rd-I boiled one box of red jell-o mix in (X amount) water and let it cool in the freezer.

4th--I added 5 pitches of baking power and shook the bottle

5th--I added the jell-o water mix

6th--I filled the bottle with warm water until it was just under where the bottle starts to get smaller

7th--I put the cap on and shook the whole mixture.

8th--I attached the bottle back onto the hose

9th--I woke up the next day to find a jell-o fish tank.
 

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that new plant would be rotala indica or rotala rotofundolia(sp?)
Could it be Rotala Goias (Rotala sp. 'Goias')? I'm asking because I looked the the profile of the rotala indica on this site and the pictures of the Rotala Goias looked more like it than the rotala indica. Also, the guy at the store recommended it as a medium to low light plant that is easy to grow and shape.
 
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