I haven't been on in a while, things going smoothily with my tank so I've sucked all the info I could from the forum. I've just wanted to fill you in on my 29g since adding the Hagan cannister yeast C02 system. I've been DIY the yeast recipe's from some online research and I've gone from like 2 stems of Wisteria to an entire half of my back wall is stuffed full of wisteria. I just hacked them all in half but I must have like 12-15 stems that reach 3/4 to the top. the other plants are lush and green, java moss, java fern on my driftwood have almost completely covered the top of it. So CO2 is awesome like steroids for body builders.
I got some Hygrophila Angustifolia. Its like a hygro/val hybrid. We'll just have to see how it does. Also I orderd the Hagan yeast, CO2 system. I'll have to keep you updated since today I added my first fish. A few freebie hand-me-down guppies from a friend since the cycle crashed. I figure jumpstarting the plants with CO2 and some Seachem Fluorish will get things going naturally.
Hygrophilla Kompact did, that's for sure. I removed it because of that, yes, in addition to it's enormous size obstructing my light. Sure, snails will take care of the shedding... If you can find a snail big enough to devour a 3-4 inch leaf twice a day, lol. I've heard that Hygro's ultimate goal is to produce perfect leaves. Meaning, it sheds anything not impeccably healthy. I guess that means the final product looks nice, but your tank sure doesn't.
The hygro sheds a lot? Is that why you removed yours? I was looking to add some type of Hygro as my center piece. Well polysperma is illegal and corymbosa looks similar. If they are a lot of trouble maybe I'll stay away. Would snails take care of the shedding?
Hey sorry it took me so long to get back to you... It's called Hygrophilla Kompact. Don't let the name fool you, though. It gets to be about the size (and roughly the shape) of a pineapple. Quite a large plant. Grows quick and sheds a lot. I actually removed mine.
Awesome, look forward to seeing it! The paintball setup was not me. Unfortunately, DIY isn't my strong suit; things end up broken when I try to build them, and there's usually blood, so I learned my lesson and stayed away from making my own devices. C02 is still a very confusing topic with a whole lot of controversy and variations in opinion online. What I've concluded is this: DIY is ultimately the best if you know what you're doing. However, these systems can generate massive amounts of C02 and can be dangerous if not used properly. The alternatives are devices like the Fluval C02 (pressurized) or the "Pre-made DIY" (yeast + sugar) systems, both generating controlled amounts of C02. I opted for the Hagen Nutrafin system since it ran virtually no risk of overdosing on C02 and would not require me to test the levels. Is it the absolute best for growth? No, there's better, but it's safe, reliable and affordable. No complaints thus far.
I dont have any pictures of my current set up since the move. I'm upgrading to a smartphone this week and I'll for sure have video and pictures up by the end of the week. I'm still looking at C02 systems, I'm scared because they either go for $30 or $300 so I'm wondering how effective the cheap ones are. You said that you made your own from a paintball set up? or was that someone else. I think since I'm adding it to a 29g I should not need anything too fancy.
Hey man, I could be mistaken... But I vaguely recall you posting pics of your setup at one point. I looked through a few of your posts, but I can't seem to find them. Mind sharing a link when you have the time? :)