I bought a 29 gallon tank and a high light fixture. I am going to be starting a tank in August, and I want to be prepared for my first high light, fairly heavily planted, tank.
I have looked into how to make my own CO2 system, which doesn't look too hard. But, it occurred to me that since it's not automatic (and therefore on a timer), I will have to shut it off at night and turn it on in the morning. That is completely fine with me, but I realized that might be problematic on the weekends, because I won't be at my apartment on weekends. I am worried that if I use CO2 during the week and not on the weekends, my pH will swing too much. What do you guys think? Is there a better way that does not involve buying an expensive CO2 system?
Also, I realized that if I go on vacation at any point, I will not be able to use CO2 because of the same issue. I am worried that I will develop an algae problem as a result. How would I avoid the algae problem that could occur?
I am wanting to try out the CO2 supplementation to avoid algae with my high lights. I have read that if there is light and plants cannot make use of it because of inadequate CO2, algae will grow. Also, I really want a gorgeous tank, and I think lovely plants would help it look nice. The plants I am looking at are mostly plants that require high light. Mine is barely considered high light, so I am hoping it will be enough. (It is a 48 watt T5HO, which I think is equivalent to 2.48 watts per gallon of a non HO bulb. I heard the T5HOs produce about 1.5 times more intense light than do T8s.)
I am doing a lot of research on this, but I don't want to mess up by accident and end up with a bunch of algae. Does anyone have any tips or feedback that could help?