We'll discuss each
The ad below links to this advertiser.
This is a very low-tech, natural, and inexpensive
way to add CO2 to aquarium water.
The container has a stopper with a hole through
it for a piece of stiff plastic tubing that attaches
to a piece of flexible tubing, which dangles into the
aquarium and allows the CO2 to
bubble into the water. The CO2
in the bubbles dissolves into the water, increasing
the the concentration of
and the growth of the plants. Click
for to buy a CO2 Bio-System.
to listen to Michael from San Marcos, California,
who calls Pet Fish Talk and talks about his
experiences with the Hagan Natural CO2
Bio-System Generating System for Planted Aquariums.
is much more convenient and efficient than a
at adding CO2 to aquarium water.
It is also more
who have such a
system, say it
took quite a
while to get it
But when it
works, it works
well and can be
A CO2 Mechanical-System
uses bottled CO2 gas and usually
includes both a gas regulator and a needle valve to
a adjust the flow of the CO2 gas,
plus a bubble counter, a check valve, and a CO2
diffuser or reactor. Click
for information about a commercially available CO2
Since photosynthesis uses light as the source of energy,
photosynthesis only takes place, when the plants are
exposed to light. When plants are not exposed to light,
photosynthesis is reversed, and the plants release some
CO2 back into the water.
While CO2 is essential for plants,
too much CO2 can reduce the pH
of aquarium water to levels that are stressful for fish,
so the CO2 System should be turned
off when the lights are turned off, which is easy to
do by putting both the lights and the CO2
System on the same switch or on the same timer.
Systems have a valve that can be adjusted to produce
the correct level of CO2, which
can be measured with a CO2-monitor,
that gives an easy-to-read, continuous, qualitative
visual indication of the current CO2
level in a freshwater aquarium. Click
for more information about a CO2
System with a monitor.
for information about Amazon River Aquariums, which
often contain lots of live plants and a
Electrolysis-Systems uses electricity
to slowly convert a replaceable carbon block into
gas, which slowly bubbles off the surface of
the carbon block and dissolves into the aquarium water.
This system consists of an electronic controller and
a carbon block.
System showing the adjustable controller connected
to the carbon block. The controller sends
a current to the carbon block, which produces
gas that dissolves in the aquarium
Dooley of Pondscapes INC. in Fishers, Indiana, calls
Pet Fish Talk and give lots of good advice about "How
to Grow Live Plants in an Aquarium".
now to hear
Jonathan from Indiana
talk about keeping plants in aquariums.
Note: Jonathan calls after
about ten minutes.
After the show Jonathan
sent an email with several lists of the items that he
discussed during the show.
"Heres some of the links from things I talked about
"Also, from the NOVA program you were refering too,
one of the people that had tanks on the show was Diana
Walstad, author of "Ecology of the Planted Aquarium"
(shown below). Her tanks are setup using a soil substrate,
which is a completely different way to keep plants.
of the Planted Aquarium
A Practical Manual
and Scientific Treatise for the Home Aquarist,
by Diana L. Walstad.
Hardcover: 194 pages. Second Edition.
Highly recommended. Click
to buy this book.
are a beginner setup for plants, here's a good shopping
list. :) "
1 10-gallon tank.
1 bag Flourite (15lbs)
1 glass top for 10-gallon tank
1 20" 28 watt power compact light strip (ESU makes one)
SeaChem Flourish Nitrogen
SeaChem Flourish Potassium
SeaChem Prime for water changes.
1 two-liter bottle, and airline for DIY CO2.
1 small filter (I use Aquaclear filters on small tanks,
sans carbon, run airline from CO2 into intake)
Clean up Crew
6 Neocaradina japonica "Amano shrimp"
2 Crossocheilus atrilimes "Siamese Algae Eater"
6 Red Ramshorn snails (will start the breeding process,
I usually have about 1 per gallon. Make sure you get
the small ones, not the big Ramshorn Snails, as they
WILL eat plants)
Other Recommended Fish.
"Smaller fish, such as Endler's Livebearers, Briggitae
rasboras, Bluefin Killis, ect ... "
"Follow all directions on
SeaChem bottles for dosing.
DIY CO2 re-charged bi weekly.
25% water change bi-weekly, keep siphon 1" from gravel.
As stem plants grow, prune the healthy top growth, and
lights run 10-12hrs daily, on timer if possible."
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