Beginner C02

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Cat Catherine, Jun 11, 2016.

  1. Cat Catherine

    Cat CatherineValued MemberMember

    Hey guys,

    I've been thinking about dosing my tank with c02 but have no idea how to go about doing it and what I need. (I'm planning on getting everything tomorrow since it's my only day off)

    Does anyone have any helpful links, or recommend any products they've personally used?

    Thanks
     
  2. Skyy2112

    Skyy2112Valued MemberMember

  3. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    You mean dose with a liquid substitute or inject CO2?
     




  4. OP
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    Cat Catherine

    Cat CatherineValued MemberMember

    I don't know. What do you think is easier or better?
     
  5. BerettaNew MemberMember

    The equipment to inject CO2 is not cheap, but not horribly expensive either. And once you have it, all you have to do is refill the CO2 bottle periodically. Dosing with something like Flourish Excel is very easy and helpful, but is an ongoing expense.
     




  6. Bithimala

    BithimalaFishlore VIPMember

    What plants are you trying to grow? Many do not actually need it, making it just an added expense.
     
  7. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    I don't dose a liquid substitute or inject CO2 in my low and medium light tanks, and I get great growth.
     
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    Cat Catherine

    Cat CatherineValued MemberMember

    A melon sword, two other types of sword and some type of other plant I got recently but can't remember the name (I kept the info card it came with but I'm not home atm)

    In another post I made someone said it looked like my swords had a c02 deficiency, so I was curious.

    I've been using Seachem flourish in the tablets and liquid, but it only helped to an extent.

    The growth isn't bad, but the overall health is what I'm worried about.
     
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  9. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    What kind of light do you have?

    And what makes you concerned about the plants' overall health?
     
  10. OP
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    Cat Catherine

    Cat CatherineValued MemberMember

    I have Fluval Eco bright LED.

    The leaves on the melon and swords are sort of pale to the point where you can see through them.
     
  11. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    And how long do you leave the light on?

    You could try dosing Excel to see if that helps?
     
  12. Bithimala

    BithimalaFishlore VIPMember

    I don't know about the melon plant, but the swords shouldn't need it. How many root tabs do you have near the swords? Mine us a lot of nutrients (I think I have about 2 tabs near each sword).
     
  13. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    At first I didn't think CO2 would solve this issue either (because it's usually not necessary for many plants), but if your leaves are turning see-through, CO2 may help.
     
     
  14. Bithimala

    BithimalaFishlore VIPMember

    Useful pic. Definitely saving that one :)
     
  15. dcutl002

    dcutl002Well Known MemberMember

    Cat, CO2 units can be expensive. What is your budget? I bought a unit from GLA and am very happy with it.
     
  16. Skyy2112

    Skyy2112Valued MemberMember

    How would one go about dosing for Manganese / maybe Iron?
     
  17. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    You can dose iron separately, but Manganese is in Flourish Trace and other trace mineral fertilizers.
     
  18. OP
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    Cat Catherine

    Cat CatherineValued MemberMember

    I leave them on for about 10 hours, give or take a few depending on my day.

    I'll pick some up today to see if that helps.

    How much per month do you think it would be?
     
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  19. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    I might try Excel first, and then decide if injecting CO2 is worth it.
     
  20. BerettaNew MemberMember

    If you buy a CO2 regulator and the accessories to go with it, you can do it anywhere from around $150 to $300. For a 29 gallon tank I would buy a 10 pound CO2 bottle and then you would have to refill about once a year. The cost of a refill is around $20.
     




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