Should I use co2 in tank?

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Okay, so I got my betta his own tank. And it is pretty heavily planted for its size. It's a 5.5 gallon. I'm just wondering if I need Co2 in it or if I will be okay! Thanks!


 

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It depends on what the kind of plants and lighting you have. Do you have high light plants by chance?


 
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It's one LED light..I would say it provides medium lighting. Nothing crazy but not dim


 

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I wouldn't worry about CO2 myself. In that small of tank if you do a DIY set up it can cause PH swings which aren't good for the fish and can grow algae. And if you go pressurized, the equipment for that will run between $100 to $150 for a reasonable
set up. It can get much more pricey if you go for the high end stuff.

If anything you can dose Seachem
Excel. A carbon source that gives similar results as CO2.


 
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BDpups said:
I wouldn't worry about CO2 myself. In that small of tank if you do a DIY set up it can cause PH swings which aren't good for the fish and can grow algae. And if you go pressurized, the equipment for that will run between $100 to $150 for a reasonable
set up. It can get much more pricey if you go for the high end stuff.

If anything you can dose Seachem
Excel. A carbon source that gives similar results as CO2.
Awesome thank you!!! I was interested in putting a bubble maker in my betta tank? Not a good idea? I know they like calm water..would that make it have too muc flow and stress the betta out


 

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I don't know much about betta. Maybe someone else can help.


 

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I think bubble makers are usually for bigger tanks that need the increased oxygen, should not be needed for a 5.5


 

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I think it would annoy your betta to add an air pump. They don't enjoy a lot of water movement.
 
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