nabokovfan87 Posted July 28, 2022 Share Posted July 28, 2022 (edited) Hey hey everyone, I am going through a bit of an exercise on my tank and getting back into CO2 with my plants. I wanted to ask for some tips and tricks that would be helpful for beginner, intermediate, or experienced hobbyists. We have a ton of smart people on this forum and it would be extremely helpful to have a place to look through for some cool ideas. First, I'll share one of mine! One of my biggest concerns with CO2 and how I tend to run my tanks is that I focus on very high oxygenation and cooler temps. It isn't easy, but it's something I focus on more than others. I always would position airstones away from CO2 or move plants that need more CO2 a bit closer to where it is added to the tank. With a bit of time and consideration, more research, I've come to the setup I have now. An hour before the lights go on, I have the Air pump hooked up to a kasa timer and it turns off. The CO2 turns on at that point. An hour before the lights go off, CO2 turns off. After lights go off, the air pump comes back on. Another one, liquid carbon, I just want to mention that some species (shrimp also) can be sensitive if you're dosing this a lot. It's typically safe with my amanos every once in a while when I have a slight issue, but daily or bi-weekly dosing, they did show some signs of stress after a few weeks. Just something to keep in mind whenever you use those products. It can be one of those things that builds up over time in your tank and causes some irritation for some types of fish and invertebrates. I have also tried to run a planted tank by taking the available air and just adding a ton of airstones, but for high demand plants it's wasn't a great method in my experience. Even in a room where there is a lot of CO2 in the air compared to "fresh air" it wasn't enough for high demand plants. It would be cool to see some oxygenation tests with a few methods! (Cory was doing some, but I don't remember the results 😞 ) What tips and tricks do you have? What are some things you've done over the years to make using CO2 easier? Edited July 28, 2022 by nabokovfan87 typo Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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