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  1. CO2 Question

    Planted Betta Tanks
    I'm in love with my 20 gallon long planted betta/community tank. It's thriving and I'm striving to add more plants. I have heard a little bit about CO2 and the flourishing of plants. Theres a bit I'm confused on. 1) I'm not using any fertilizers, which I'm interested in 2) I know my fish produce...
  2. Is my improvised CO2 doing any good? Big bubbles from diffuser.

    Planted Betta Tanks
    I'm trying to help establish some new plants I received recently by giving them a CO2 bump while they are new. I did a yeast-based DIY setup, and tried to make a chopstick diffuser, but instead of the microbubbles of co2, it is putting off bubbles about the size of half a grain of rice, that are...
  3. Will I get any benifit fro CO2, if I also am running bubbler?

    Planted Betta Tanks
    I am currently cycling my tank, and doing a fishless cycle, and will be also slowly adding plants while I am at it. I am wanting the plants to grow as much as possible in the time before I get the fish in, and I was thinking of doing CO2 injection while the plants are new, to help get them...
  4. Any suggestions for fast growing background plants?

    Planted Betta Tanks
    Ugh, I think I killed off my hair grass because most of it's white and it's not spreading. I've had it for a couple of months. I started using CO2 in my aquarium about two weeks ago and it has made an improvement. My java fern - a supposedly slow-growing plant - has 10 new babies growing from...
  5. Would a sponge filter cause CO2 to dissipate from the water?

    Planted Betta Tanks
    I have a 6g with one Betta and some guppies. The tank has a sponge filter that gives off bubbles. I read that CO2 diffuses out the water faster if the water is disturbed so I was wondering if there would be a significant amount of CO2 is lost when a sponge filter is used? And would it affect my...
  6. Power Head Flow Rate Advise 50Litres (13.2US Gallon)

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    Greetings to you all! I am new to this forum and would love to develop my fish keeping skills here with Nigel (CT Betta). I wanted to know what would be the recommended Power head flow rate that is needed to filter a 50 Litre or 13.2 US gallon tank? This tank is quite old and has a built-in...
  7. Plants in a Five Gallon- CO2 Questions?

    Planted Betta Tanks
    Hey all! I've recently upgraded my little man (Sunshine, an orange CT) to a five gallon complete with filter and light hood out of his 2 gallon, and I'm interested in putting some plants in there. I'd rather not get too fancy, as I do have to move him eventually because I live in a dorm. I'm...
  8. CO2 help please?

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    I have a betta in a 2.5 gallon tank with a sponge filter and a few live plants. When I put the plants in the pH was around 7.0-7.2, but I tested it again today (a few days later) and it was 7.6+. I read online it could be because the plants are using up the C02 in the water and doing so...
  9. Diy co2

    Planted Betta Tanks
    I set up DIY CO2 last Saturday, but still nothing seems to be happening. I do have less sugar in the mix than it was recommended because I ran out. Could that be the reason why? I have the tubing from the bottle of fermenting concoction going into a small bottle of water, and then a tube going...
  10. Is CO₂ Worth It?

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    I really need/want to redo my guys 20 gal. Live plants are a must, and I don't know if I should jerry-rig a CO₂ diffuser or not. Also, any ideas for the tank layout or any neat plants? Another thing, what kind of substrate should I get? I really want to go for sand.
  11. Need help with changing tank to Planted

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    Working with: 10 gallon cycled, filtered, heated and lighted. 1 betta, 2 shrimp, 1 snail. Gravel substrate Wanting to: Replace plastic/silk plants with live plants within the next month or two. Need to know: Should I change the substrate out completely? Should I put in a new substrate and...
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