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post #1 of 1 Old 08-24-2019, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
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Hello guys and gals! This is my first time I have had a planted fish tank I really cared for. It is a 20 gallon long fish tank. It contains one underwater filter for 40 gallons and a sponge filter.

I have really been trying to care for this fish tank. I do about 4-5 root tabs around 3 months and inject my fish tank with flourish excel, flourish micro elements and flourish trace. Flourish Micro is used about every other day. While the other two are used on a daily basis when I remember 97% of the time. The fish tank is on a timer set for 8 hours and the chosen light is ( NICREW ClassicLED Aquarium Light, Fish Tank Light with Extendable Brackets, White and Blue LEDs ) from amazon.

My tank consists of: 5 Gold metallic barbs , 8+ Malaysian Trumpet snails, 1 pearl Gourami, 1 Nerite snail , 3 ghost shrimp , dwarf hair grass , Rotala indica and java moss. Now I know gold metallic barbs are know for picking on plants but it seems like the fish don't seem to bother the plants besides the Rotala Indica. I bought it from amazon and it came in a very dire shape. So far the plant is recovering.

My question is should I continue on getting a pressurized c02 system. The reason I ask is because when I used the DIY citric acid and baking soda C02 generation, algae went down a lot and plants grew (especially the Rotala indica). I was at one bubble per second but I read that you should increase it so long as your fish do not show high levels of C02 intoxication. I did increase the rate but my DIY c02 could not last 2 days without being refilled. I'm planning on getting a 24oz bottle for c02 in addition all the other regulators and mechanisms to make it work. I'm trying to look for good regulators with a solenoid.
Here are some parts:

Regulator with solenoid http://https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07...v_ov_lig_dp_it .

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Oh and before I forget I was confused on this. I know C02 injecti0n causes your Ph to go down right. Mine went from 7 to 6 Ph after the injection started. But I read somewhere that it's not your actual Ph being shown if your KH is like at 1 or 4 drops. I can't exactly remember what I read but if someone could perhaps shed light on this I would be more relaxed about the Ph shift. Nothing seemed to mind the tank injection besides like two baby Malaysian trumpet snails :(. Show I buy that Ph buffer pet stores sell when I start injecting my C02 again? There was a Ph shift as I tested the water before turning it on which was 7 Ph and after i turned off the injection and it was back at 7 Ph.

And two other questions that are not directly related to c02.

What is this plant? I bought it from pets smart (gonna stop doing that)
and it has gone through hell from my previous tank. It only really started to raise it's leaves after the c02 injection. I just think this plant is sooooooooooo cool.

And my tank is overstocked right?
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