low-tech planted + air pump?
I have a 40gallon breeder with several plants and was wondering if air pumps are beneficial to the plants or not.. i have read different answers everywhere..
I use 3caps of flourish excel 2x/wk.
Light: (2)T5 HO 78W 2x 6700K.
Filter: Eheim 2213 canister..
I do not have co2 diffuser or anything but was wondering if adding air bubbles would help?
Partial water changes weekly..
(1) fire eel
(2) balloon molly
(6) dwarf rasbora?
(6) harl. rasbora
(6) dwarf frogs
The purpose of the air pump is to promote the exchange of gases between the atmosphere and the water. We are particularly interested in oxygen and carbon dioxide. An air pump would help guarantee that the dissolved gases in the water will always be in equilibrium with the air. Sometimes we don’t want gases to be exchanged with the air like when we are paying allot of money to keep the level of CO2 way above equilibrium via CO2 injection, in that case an air pump would be counterproductive. Sooooo....to answer your question, an air pump certainly wouldn’t hurt, but you might not see any gain either.
pump for fish good
pump for plants not good
I agree with kitten penang, while a non-planted aquarium, a air stone/pump would be helpful, it is not needed in the planted aquarium. The air stone gives off oxygen, in a planted aquarium the plants will be sufficient in giving off oxygen for your fish..
Agree, no air stone in planted aquaria. For a fuller explanation why, have a read of the "filtration" info in Part 3 of the sticky series "A Basic Approach to the Natural Planted Aquarium" at the top of this section. Here's the link:
On the issue of Excel, I am not one who recommends adding this. I can comment further if asked.
thanks to everyone for their help! why isnt flourish excel recommended? is it possible to have a heavily planted tank w/o co2 injection?.. what is the best way to keep the plants healthy (w/o changing the substrate that i have..sand with thin layer of black gravel ontop)..
also..i was told to continue using carbon filter pad (eheim 2213) in my tank... should this be removed or continue to use it as instructed...
wow byron... your tanks do look amazing. i would love for mine to eventually look that way! :-)
ok.. i removed the carbon filter pad, cleared out the spray bar/intake tube, added the flourish comprehensive (its been in fridge for some reason), and i have plant food tabs(made by jungle) which i previously bought from petco but am not sure if its a decent product.. before i put them in
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