I don't know. When I switched, I just kept the light on like I usually do and the fish/plants seem to be doing all right. But yeah, the bulb I got at my LFS was $12, and he marked it down from $15 'cause I was buying it with the fixture. But when I went to look at Home Depot for a 24", I couldn't find any. :/
What I worry about most with the C02 is that I'll somehow screw it up and make the pH go even screwier than usual. At least with the Excel I know I can't screw it up so easily.
Oh for CO2 do either a paintball setup or just DYI it, so many videos on YouTube about it. Though at night you need to run an airpump to counter the CO2, or make a shut off valve and just have the CO2 go in the air or something.
Yeah thats downside to it, I am gonna look a bit more. I think going to hardware stores will be better because ones for aquariums are more expensive, way more expensive. Maybe when I go to get wood for that canopy I can look and ask the people there. The problem I have is just finding a 24 inch light.
When I switch to T5s I make the light hours super low right, then gradually bring it up to like 10 hours or something? Maybe 8. I need to get a timer for the light...
I can't wait to look at the driftwood today, this family petstore has what I think is Malaysian, and they have a lot.
I still have yet to get through my Omega One container, even with 17 bettas. And I spilled half of it, too.
I know what you mean. I was looking at the Fluval C02 kit, thinking it would be great and it was *almost* affordable but then I realized it would cost me about $50 every 3 months to replace the cartridges. Excel will work just fine, it's what I use.
Only thing I heard about the Aqueon one is that it's not high output. But I believe if you go to any aquarium store, you should be able to get a high output bulb for it. Look for a high wattage bulb with at least 6500 K and you should be set. Count on 2 watts per gallon.
Really? A little tiny thing of Omega One costs about $3 at Petco instead of a give thing that will last for over a year for $8. I think the Omega One would be gone in no time, it is just so small.
I would order online, but I am not sure on if I am using stem plants yet, I may use anacharis and ludwigia, maybe rotala if Petco has more. Most likely for the 16 gallon ball plants will be ordered online. I heard that the Excel actually helps woth algae outbreaks, I just want to use it because it puts carbon into the water so plants will grow better. I can't afford a mini CO2 kit and replace the cartridges all the time.
Bleach. I should try that. I can't get the smell out of my nose and it's making me sick. o.O
I think Omega's more affordable than NLS, actually. The nice thing about NLS is it has a lot of garlic, which is acts as an anti-parasitic.
I think I'm going to order my plants online. But yes, Seachem Flourish Excel is good and it can occasionally help with algae outbreaks. But I hear bright light is best. I got an Odyssea HO T-5 fixture for my 20 gallon. I wouldn't recommend the Odyssea brand for much else but as a light, it seems to be doing well. Hasn't exploded yet, anyway. Only cost $60, instead of $225 like the Coralife one I looked at online.
I have NLS, I am gonna plan on getting Omega if it is affordable along with some others. I think I am gonna feed a combination of NLS, Hikari, and Aqueon Betta pellets from now on. Just so it mixes things up for them.
Getting plants tomorrow! I think I may look at some drift wood as I want to work with very low maintance plants. I might have some ludwigia, just all depends. If I do get it it will be in the back behind the driftwood so I can chop of down so it grows dense. Gonna have to invest in some Seachem Flourish Excel?