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pittipuppylove 03-02-2012 12:58 PM

Air Pump Use and A Couple Other Questions
 
Hi again everybody! I'm not quite sure if this is in the right thread or not, so Mods, please move it as y'all see fit.

So I recently got my first tank set up, and the air pump (plus the API Master Test Kit... Woot!) I ordered just came in today. I have a few live plants -planning on adding more later- in the tank, a few ghost shrimp, and a pair of guppies. Should I put keep the air pump on 24/7 or just at night to keep it from pushing out the CO2 the plants need? Don't know if it'll help or not, but here's a pic of the tank without the pump:
http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-...76836838_n.jpg
I have a check valve, 1" air stone, and a crap ton of tubing... Any suggestions/critiques?

4shi 03-02-2012 06:53 PM

You should never turn it off, except for a few minutes while feeding, and when you change the water. BTW get another female guppy, 'cos the male will... disturb her to death if she's alone.

pittipuppylove 03-02-2012 07:08 PM

Thanks for the reply! They're both males - as a college student, there's no way I can deal with all the fry! I'm adding plants as quickly as my budget will allow for more hiding places for the guppies and to aid in the cycling process.
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