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Old 01-07-2011, 08:55 PM   #1 
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Calling OFL or someone who has a successful planted aquarium. Is a CO2 system necessary for a planted aquarium? I like Anacharis, dwarf hairgrass, Pennywort and some other plants. I use ferts but is a CO2 system necessary or is the fishes waste CO2 enough?
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Old 01-07-2011, 09:32 PM   #2 
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as long as you keep the wattage under 2 wpg, you'll be fine without co2. i'm pretty sure i've read where dwarf hairgrass can survive under low light. i'm no expert tho, just what i've learned from TONS of research when i was starting planting my tank.
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Old 01-07-2011, 09:35 PM   #3 
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Thanks! I just did some research and I saw some very cool tanks that used no CO2 and were heavily planted. I am glad about that!
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Old 01-08-2011, 11:55 PM   #4 
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I have 3 wpg in most my tanks and only use ferts once in awhile. I have had no trouble so far without C02. Just be careful, because without C02, depending on your wattage and/or how long you leave the lights on, you can develop algae pretty easy, especially if you dose ferts regularly or are overstocked on fish. Mine are also fairly heavily planted. Your Anacharis and pennywort should be good. The dwarf hairgrass might struggle though.
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Old 01-09-2011, 12:03 AM   #5 
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Co2 Makes plants grow and get real full and thick in half the time, but it's not a must. If you have 3 watts per gallon or higher than you will be fine...
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Old 01-09-2011, 12:16 AM   #6 
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There are DIY Co2 injectors that seemed easy to construct if you're interested.
But from the plants you listed you should have no trouble except possibly the dwarf hair grass depending on your water params.
I'm using nearly the same plants for starters w/out Co2, but considering building one.
If you want I can dig up that old link in the morning.
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Old 01-09-2011, 12:24 AM   #7 
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You REALLY dont want to put Anacharis in a co2 injected tank. Lol
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Old 01-09-2011, 12:28 AM   #8 
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Aha! Something I should look up! :D Thanks Alex!
In retro spect of this, hold off on the DIY C02 injector until I get some stats.
The C02+anacharis is probably because anacharis grows crazy fast to begin with!
Any details on your experience, Alex, would be helpful! :)
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Excess C02 kills off or melts a lot of things like anacharis, hornwort, water sprite, etc. Especially if you have them floating, since of course all the C02 goes mainly to the surface, even with a well set up DIY C02 injector. Sometimes they get used to it and recover, sometimes they don't. Anacharis usually will not.
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Old 01-09-2011, 12:35 AM   #10 
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Thanks rogue! This is very good to keep in mind!
Sorry for the misinformation!
I had no idea they would melt off!
Off for more research tomorrow!
(I probably sound like a dork. sorry)
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