03-15-2010, 01:41 PM
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Originally Posted by milindsaraswala
I have 8 gallon tank with only 1 plant and it is doing well now in just 1 week. I am putting lights for 8 - 10 hours a day daily. I can see some small amount of growth in my plants without CO2.
But now I am thinking to put CO2, with more new plants. So I was looking from you guys that what nutrition and amount of CO2 should I put what water parameter should I keep in mind
Next thing I am trying to make DIY CO2 can anyone give me idea how can I control CO2 flow at night.
Please I will very appreciate you people advice
First of all nice to meet you, as I don't think we've met before : )
What kind of lighting do you have over your tank? (watts, kelvin, type of bulb)
If you do co2 you'll need lots of light and ferts, and I'm wondering why you are thinking of going co2 over an 8 gallon tank? you'll get good plant growth but you're also looking at a very high maintenance tank. I would not suggest diy co2 unless you have no fish because it's hard to regulate the amount of co2 and I've known people who have killed lots of livestock using diy. if you just want to ensure good plant growth, all you really need is good (but not excessive lest algae take over) light, "enough" co2 (provided by fish) and ferts (trace ferts added 1-2 times per week are enough).
Sometiemes when we first plant our plants, they grow really well for a while and if they are not being fertilized or have poor conditions, we will see the growth slow as the energy and nutrient reserve depletes. But I'm happy to hear your plants are doing well.