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Old 09-17-2012, 07:37 AM   #1 
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Anyone use CO2 for their planted tanks?

Presently doing research via youtube and web searches. Still debating on a DIY or pre-assembled kit.

Any recommendations?

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Old 09-17-2012, 08:30 AM   #2 
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What size is your tank?

You will always have greater CO2 yield from a pre-assembled CO2 set (especially pressurized).

I would highly recommend a pressurized system if your tank is larger than 15-20 gallons. As it is, I'd recommend 2 DIY sets for 15-20 gallon setups.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:17 AM   #3 
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I tossed around the idea of pressurized CO2 but considering the estimated ten to fifteen times faster growth that CO2 injection bring's,, I did not fancy the idea of large weekly pruning to keep the plant's from going wild with growth, and possibly blocking light to younger plant's,to where they could not get a good start.
Many of those who run such tank's as far as I can see,are alway's pruning, and their aquascapes are seldom kept more than a few week's, month's before they tear it down and start another.
Nothing wrong with this if it suit's you,Bu tI'm into slower growth,,longer aquascape design,little to no pruning,and zero chance of gassing fishes.
Just sayin,,be careful what you wish for. If you have the time for the near constant pruning ,then CO2 injection,which allow's more light or moderate light, and also increases the demand for nutrient's..is excellent for growth of wide range of plant's.
judging from the growth of my low light ,NON co2 enhanced tank,, I conceded that I was not up to the extra work and billfold was not up to the extra expense.
Maybe some day soon I shall give the gas a go, but for now,,
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:20 AM   #4 
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I don't use any in mine...the plants grow a bit slower, but they are growing well enough!
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:47 PM   #5 
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what kind of planted tank do you have... that you think you need CO2? I tried to do it once, but it turned out to be too much of a hassle....
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:53 PM   #6 
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I use API's liquid CO2. The directions say to dose daily but I do it every few days. I have no idea if it actually does anything for the plants. I also use API's Liquid ferterlizer and was debating getting root tabs for the plants that are rooted in the sand.
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:57 AM   #7 
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Thanks for the suggestions all.

@Tikibirds, I did a search for CO2 on the petsmart site and came upon the liquid CO2 by API as well. Some users mentioned this particular item had a tendency to change PH?

Anyways primarily looking for that lush green look. Most of the hobbyists attribute their success to a CO2 based system. Looking to make a decision by the end of the week and in the meantime doing lots of research. Some cool DIY kits on youtube....we'll see.

Again thanks for sharing everyone!

My tank size is a 15 gallon long.
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:42 AM   #8 
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I'm trying out a small DIY setup for my 5 gallon. Seeing how it works first since its really cheap to do. My DIY setup has lasted about 20 or so days with out needing a change. If I succeed with this setup I'll upgrade to the pressurized setup on my larger tanks.
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:50 AM   #9 
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Petco has a small pressurized kit for $50.. I got one Saturday but I haven't set it up yet or anything, but I figured at half off with that coupon it was worth a shot, and if I changed my mind I could return it.

They don't have it on their website but every petco I've been to recently has had them on the shelf.

http://www.istaproducts.com/details+...er/products/9/
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