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CO2 System a must?
I have a new (still cycling) 29 gallon planted aquarium, is a CO2 system essential in keeping the plants alive? Or is it to help them grow? I didn't realize they needed a source of CO2 until today..
CO2 is definetly not necessary in a planted aquarium. Myself along with several other members, have low-light, no CO2 and our tanks are doing well.
If you have the right nutrients, and a well lit aquarium there is no need for CO2
Thats just a basic substrate it probably wont have the nutrients your plants need, you will need to dose with a liquid fert such as flourish comprehensive and if you get plants that are heavy root feeders like some swords you will need root tabs too.
CO2 should only be necessary in a high light environment or by very specific plants that will require it, most plants will do ok in low - medium light and just the ferts. If you want crazy growth that you have to trim alot then look into a CO2 system, but it seems more of a pain then its worth.
More importantly is your lighting, making sure it is about 6500k in temperature and you have enough, if you haven't yet read over the guides byron has put up in the plant section of the forum.
sand will work fine in a planted aquarium. just make sure it's layed deep enough for your extensive root systems plants need to adequately grow.
When you bring your sand home, even though it may say "rinse and ready" or "screen rinsed" I would still follow the directions in this link:
it may seem like overkill, but it is necessary.
since that substrate does not contain nutrients which are necessary, you'll need both root tabs (if you choose to have rooted plants) as well as a liquid nutrients. I can recommend these when the times comes, if you'd like.
my fault, my wife walked in with a plate of food and I got distracted! haha
Will partial water changes help clear up the water a bit? It's not to terrible, but its not crystal clear either. I washed the substrate for a couple hours and the water seemed clear lol, but today its got a haze to it...
The substrate listed above
2 amazon swords
topfin 30 filter
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