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Old 04-10-2008, 09:36 AM   #11
 
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i dont think i have the best lighting but still i find that my plants sprout, usually. do you also find algae grows easily on them? im having a bit of a problem with that :(
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Old 04-10-2008, 12:21 PM   #12
 
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I haven't got algae problems yet (knock wood). On the other hand, I use that tank as grow out for Mystery Snails as well as for the multis (taking advantage of the high calcium concentration in the water for good shell growth) so there's a goodly amount of CO2 in the water from their respiration, and pleanty of nutrients. Also, the tank sits in a window, albeit with a northern exposure, so it gets more lighting than the hood produces.
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Old 04-13-2008, 01:29 PM   #13
 
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umm ok i think im going to try to make a diy co2 kit, do you have any links to one ? i heard of using yeast and something else to make the co2.
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Old 04-13-2008, 02:25 PM   #14
 
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Yeast and Sugar and Water. Get about a cup of sugar to a quart of boiled water and add a quarter tsp of dry yeast when the water has cooled to about 90 degrees. It's generally a good idea to run the tubing from the bottle with the yeast mixture in it into a second empty bottle and then run another tube from that to a small reaction vessel in the tank.



OK, that's not even a little to scale. The Big bottle is a 2 liter soda or juice bottle with either a stopper or a drilled lid. There's a bit over a quart of water and yeast and sugar in there and a rigid tube that's above the level of the mixture. A Piece of airline tubing goes from that to another rigid tube in a smaller plastic bottle (propped up a bit so that you don't get a siphon going from one to the other.) The rigid tube goes down into a couple of inches of water for the CO2 to bubble through to trap any detritis coming out of the reaction bottle. there's another rigid tube stuck through that lid. A piece of airline tube comes off of that and into an airstone in the tank. I have a babyfood jar pictured upside down with the airstone inside it, rubber-banded to some suction cups on the back of the tank.

That's just one way of doing it. Google DIY CO2 and you'll find better ways for sure.
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Old 04-27-2008, 04:18 PM   #15
 
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And we have fry. I know, that's what multis do, but it's nice to see in any case.
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