Neutro CO2 - liquid carbon for the planted aquarium - YouTube
The only store near me that has anyone knowledgeable about aquarium plants tells me that a liquid c02 will work better that diy co2
Mean Harri, have a look at my photos, particularly the present flooded Amazon forest 90g aquarium. I consider this tank thickly planted, even more-so than my others. There is no CO2, light is less than one watt per gallon of full spectrum/cool white combo (one tube each), and twice weekly liquid fertilization. The fish load varies from 75 to 110, all characins, Corydoras, three Farlowella. Obviously there is a balance that works.
It's a bottle of "CO2 Booster" from Aquarium Pharmaceuticals. It's supposed to be liquid carbon for planted aquariums, but I was wondering if anybody had any experience with using this with growing. All it claims to containis Glutural, so I'm not sure.
liquid co2 safe plants - Aquarium Plants - Barr Report
I have a 55 gallon tank with the plants only on the right 1/2 of it.
You have several options for CO2, liquid CO2 being the cheapest in the short term. Products that provide carbon in different ways are available; Seachem Excel which is a liquid carbon is one, you can grow plants successfully with this option providing the light level is not too high. Effective at lower light levels, as light increases the next option would be better. Plant Gro Co2 Natural System operates on tablets being added to provide CO2 to the water. Downside; you need to keep buying tablets. The next method is a sugar yeast fermentation system, you can make your own or buy a more sophisticated system like the Red Sea Biogenerator on our site. Downside; you cannot control output of CO2 evenly without monitoring levels and you must use sugar and yeast at a certain ongoing cost. The last method is the most expensive initially, but the cheapest in the long run which is CO2 gas system with a CO2 bottle, regulator with needle valve and solenoid (allows automatic on and off), and provides the most consistent levels of CO2. A 20lb. bottle will last 12 - 16 months (set it and forget about it) in a 55 -75 gallon aquarium and a refill will cost roughly 17 dollars.I recommend starting CO2 gas on a separate timer three hours before the lights come on, and shutting it down an hour before the lights go off. Contact me to help you decide which option is best for you.In the same way as garden plants, aquatic plants need lighting, fertilizers and CO2. These are essential factors governing the speed of growth and health. With the addition of modern T5 or LED lighting systems and liquid/substrate fertilizers aquariums can become unbalanced. CO2 is required by these plants to balance the aquarium otherwise algae can quickly take over the tank.Water flow is important for a planted aquarium because you want to contact all of the plants with CO2 and nutrients to maximize their growth and eliminate "dead spots". We want a circular flow starting from the top back of the aquarium to the front top glass of the aquarium which then travels down the glass, back across the substrate in front to the back of the substrate and back up the back glass. So with a spray bar or outflow from a cannister filter place it dead center in the back of the aquarium, with a hang on again dead center in the back. For a planted aquarium ten times the gallons per hour is the ultimate flow rate. You can use a liquid humic acid additive to watch the flow and make sure it is covered the full length of the aquarium from back to front. If it is not, then I recommend a power head addition, Hydor Koralia works the best, pointed back to front on top to those areas not covered by the filter.Fertilizing is the third most important consideration for a planted aquarium. You must give the plants in addition to CO2 the macros; Nitrate (Fish waste is primary source), Phosphate (Fish food is primary source), Potassium, (comes in micronutrient liquid fertilizer like Tropica Master Grow)) and Iron (comes in micronutrient liquid fertilizer like Tropica Master Grow) Micronutrients (also comes in liquid fertilizer Tropica Master Grow). Without any one of these the plants go into a starvation mode and begin to put out ammonia which then attracts and "wakes up" algae spores and induces them to grow. Levels for nitrates should be around 10 MG/L or PPM's, levels for phosphate should be around 1 MG/L or PPM's. Iron at roughly .1 MG/L or PPM's, dose micros according to directions on bottle. If you cannot maintain these macro levels with fish food and fish waste then you can add commercial preparations like SeaChem's Flourish Nitrogen and SeaChem's Flourish Phosphorus. You can contact me at for more information or help.