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  1. Hello friends, I hope you all are doing well. I'm a first time poster here but long time (subjective?) follower of Aquarium Co-Op. I'm sad to report that I have inadvertently killed some fish with my water skimmers and I've tried many possible remedies including various sponge additions and mesh fabric. Nothing has yielded a viable solution yet. However, I do think my tank does need a surface skimmer since I have a heavy bio-film build up and am running C02 so need gas exchange. In the interim, I'm running oxygen injection which I normally don't do but I can't currently use a surface skimmer as it is resulting in dead fish =( . The fish I'm keeping are CPDs, a few Dwarf Emerald Rasboras and now, 2 less Chili Rasboras as of this morning (I tried another solution to the problem but didn't work). Collectively, all of these fish are small enough to get sucked into my surface skimmer even when blockers are installed. Before I post pictures and provide more explanation, I wanted to see if anyone has derived a solution to this problem? Thanks for all your help.
  2. Good morning all. I have a 55gal deep substrate dirted tank with 3" sand capping with a 20gal sump filter. I have CO2 injection. I have a wave maker above diffuser to disperse co2 and on the other side of tank is another wave maker to circulate co2. This circulation does make a shimmering surface agitation. My question is should there be more agitation or no agitation for the o2/co2 balance. I've read so many websites & forums that for my size tank yes I should have more and some say no agitation. At the moment I can't get any pearling on plants. So confused.
  3. Hey all! This is my first post on here. I thought it would be the perfect place to start a discussion on gas exchange and surface agitation in low-tech planted tanks. I am starting a 33 gal low tech and currently have 2 HOBs and a dual sponge filter running. As you can imagine, this provides a decent amount of surface agitation. What I am interested in learning about is the gas exchange of O2 and CO2 that will occur due to this agitation. Where I am not dosing with CO2 and it is required for healthy plants, I do not want to lose an abundance in exchange. I did however watch the Circulation Q&A Corey posted where he stated that he uses air stones in his planted tanks for circulation purposes to help ensure nutrients are well dispersed in the water column. He touched on gas exchange there briefly, but I would appreciate a deeper discussion. Tia to those more knowledgeable than I in this area! Looking forward to learning from you 🙂
  4. I have a 50g with 2 Angels. Heavily planted. I’m only running a sponge filter, and just started injecting co2. I have the sponge go off when the co2 kicks on. I felt like the sponge would gas off the co2 to quick. Fish seem fine with this setup. Just seems like I need some circulation to distribute this co2 throughout the tank better. Any suggestions? Will the co2 get into all the water volume with the way I have it? Thanks in advance
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