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Limeylemon 09-29-2011 01:02 PM

Airstone usage
 
I am currently re planting my tank, and have 40+ plants on order, i will also be creating a lawn of riccia.
With so many plants oxygenating my water, would i get away with using my air pump less? like not using it at night, or would i not need it at all? its a 34g with flourite substrate, several neon and black phantom tetras, 3 gouramis, 3 corys 2 glass catfish 2 platys and 5 guppys.

(note i noticed when my old air pump packed in while i was out, i lost 4 tetras, this was with a barely planted tank)

Jbrofish8 09-29-2011 01:06 PM

You dont need an airstone at all with a planted tank. It will do more harm than good to the plants.

All you need is a good filter(for fish), light, heater, and some fertilizer.

Limeylemon 09-29-2011 01:07 PM

I'll be using a co2 system, root tabs, and seachem flourish. Will the boost of co2 with no oxygen effect the fish in a bad way? Or will it just help replace any oxygen needed?

Jbrofish8 09-29-2011 01:12 PM

Plants produce oxygen when they photosynthesize. With co2 you will likely need more light and nutrients to keep everything balanced.

What light do you have for this tank?

Limeylemon 09-29-2011 01:14 PM

I have a T5 HO 24w double bulb, one bulb for colour, the other for plants.

gmate 09-29-2011 01:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jbrofish8 (Post 844980)
You dont need an airstone at all with a planted tank. It will do more harm than good to the plants.

All you need is a good filter(for fish), light, heater, and some fertilizer.

Out of curiosity, how would it do harm?

Jbrofish8 09-29-2011 01:43 PM

Using an airstone causes valuable CO2 to escape the water through the surface agitation.

gmate 09-29-2011 01:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jbrofish8 (Post 845031)
Using an airstone causes valuable CO2 to escape the water through the surface agitation.

You're making me think if my airstone is unnecessary now...hmmm

Limeylemon 09-29-2011 01:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gmate (Post 845036)
You're making me think if my airstone is unnecessary now...hmmm

SAME! Its like... I've put up with that noise for months, for nothing! It will be unplugged for good when the plants arrive :)

By the way, is my lighting strong enough to work with the co2?

Jbrofish8 09-29-2011 01:54 PM

Im honestly not all that sure about the light. I'll let Byron chime in on your light, hes the expert. :P


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