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whether to got Co2 or not? that is the question...

Discussion in 'Aquatic Plants & Planted Tanks' started by whiteroses90991, Dec 27, 2009.

  1. whiteroses90991

    whiteroses90991 Thread Starter New Member

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    I have been thinking about putting in some co2 lately, but can't decide. I am happy with my plants, but they really have some much potention waiting to bloom. :) ha.

    Pros and Cons?

    Any suggestions/advice?
     
  2. stevenrox

    stevenrox New Member

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    Pros : helps with high wattage, plants grow faster, keeps algae away.
    cons : expensive
     
  3. MOD_Dawn

    MOD_Dawn Active Member

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    agree with steven...but can be affordable if we're talking a small tank (ie. 10g)
     
  4. HBIC

    HBIC Need help??? That's what we're here for :)

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    I would say try DIY CO2, see how that goes then decide if you want to upgrade.
     
  5. stevenrox

    stevenrox New Member

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    tried it didnt like it so i brought a professional system and never set it up because the DIY killed all my plants and i still need a drop checker but then other projects came a long.....one day..... :D
     
  6. BobV

    BobV Member

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    Flourish Excel is a good substitute for CO2. But be careful dosing. It can kill vals. It can kill fish too, if overdosed.
     
  7. MOD_Dawn

    MOD_Dawn Active Member

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    I'm doing the excel right now, the only algae issue I keep getting is green spot algae...I've defin. seen an improvement in growth...but from what I've seen co2 is the way to go on any smaller tank (just too expensive and lack of room to do it with the 90g).

    And Bob is definately spot on about the vals...bladderworts & Anacharis also tend to melt with excel use.
     
  8. LemonDiscus

    LemonDiscus Active Member

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    Here is a CO2 Regulator and EVERYTHING BUT the CO2 tank and a PH Controller... This has the bubble counter, the regulator and the solenoid.

    Without PH Controller
    <a class="postlink" href="http://cgi.ebay.com/Milwaukee-MA957-CO2-Regulator-Solenoid-MA-957-NEW_W0QQitemZ230407805230QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item35a560192e" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://cgi.ebay.com/Milwaukee-MA957-CO2 ... 35a560192e</a>

    With PH Controller
    <a class="postlink" href="http://cgi.ebay.com/SMS122-pH-Controller-Milwaukee-Co2-Regulator-MA957_W0QQitemZ350293005983QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item518f17169f" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://cgi.ebay.com/SMS122-pH-Controlle ... 518f17169f</a>

    This has good reviews for the most part... its considered a great LOW END C02 System... There are better but this one for a cheap one I have read has a good needlevalve for a cheap one and is fairly stable. Another forum I am on always recommends this system for those wanting to start using CO2 and have tanks too big for DIY... Of course the ones recommending this have had it once upon a time but are now running MUCH more advanced systems...

    This is my planned product to start out with for a high tech tank (sometime in the next few months maybe...)