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post #1 of 4 Old 10-26-2013, 02:48 AM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone,

I am just about to re-establish a 50 (usg) tank after a 8 year lay off. I've kept tropical fish for more than 15 years. I'm a bit old fashioned and enjoy plenty of quality plants and small fish. I've always managed to keep a fairly balanced tank(s) with the occasional algae bloom on the glass. Plants have generally grown well. I have been caught out a few times trying to grow pretty plants that iInow discover were not true tank plants. I've read a lot about co2 producing equipment. My question is do these co2 enhancers make a difference to plant growth or is it a con? Some use fermenting yeast to produce co2, do they really make a difference. I understand the chemistry and the need for plant nutrients etc. I also note that low wattage under gravel heaters are not recommended.

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post #2 of 4 Old 10-26-2013, 03:14 AM
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hello and welcome.
i hope you'll be very happy here with us all.
someone will pop along and be able to answer your question,and
while you're waiting we have a good planted tank section,maybe
you'll find what you're looking for in there ?
if not,don't worry someone will know.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #3 of 4 Old 10-26-2013, 05:11 AM
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Hi and welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping!

To answer your question a little in short yes adding Co2 can make a difference in plant growth when everything else is balanced with it. Yeast generated Co2 can be tricky tho. As its not really consistent and is usually better to use on smaller tanks. On bigger tanks using pressurized Co2 is far better.
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