Should I use co2 in tank?

Discussion in 'Plant CO2' started by Deesk06, Jul 22, 2015.

  1. Deesk06Valued MemberMember

    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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  2. BDpups

    BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

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


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  3. OP
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    Deesk06Valued MemberMember

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


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  4. BDpups

    BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

    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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  5. OP
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    Deesk06Valued MemberMember

    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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  6. BDpups

    BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

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


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  7. Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    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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  8. KwigWell Known MemberMember

    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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