DIY Co2 for freshwater planted aquarium

HOW TO: DIY CO2 for planted aquarium
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Another determining factor is the type of plants you will be keeping.
The common and ACCURATE term would be low, medium, & high light plants. Examples include Java Fern for low light and Wendtii for high light.
Do NOT confuse the term "Low Tech versus High Tech" planted aquarium with "Low Light versus High Light". These two terms are NOT the same!
A Wendtii requires high light regardless of of whether you use a high tech method that involves pressurized CO2, Fert drips or not!!
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High-light planted aquariums were CO2 is injected to stimulate the plant growth. Higher light levels provide plants with a huge amount of energy promoting luxurious lush plant growth. This is the common method used for creating stunning looking aquascapes; (Aquascaping Well, for that you need to wait for Part 4 of the Aquarium Plants Tutorial creatively titled, “How to add direct CO2 into your aquarium.”
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Photo provided by FlickrThe CO2 system to the left is a top of the line professional system for advanced planted freshwater aquarium keepers.
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The good news is, your aquarium will remain more or less at equilibrium with the air, so there will always be around 6-7 parts per million (ppm) of CO2 in your aquarium. This is a sufficient amount for growing plants in low light conditions. However, as you start to add more available energy to the tank in the form of higher lighting, plants can often start to bottom out on the available CO2.If you liked this video, you will LOVE my book:
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I simple video on some of the basics to build a DIY co2 system for your planted aquarium.
While im no plant pro, this system certainly has made a huge improvement on the tanks i use it on, VS the tanks i dont have it on. So i can say that it certainly does work.

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HOW TO build aquarium stands ► What you need:Suggested but not required for this build, especially if you intend to keep fish with your planted tank, is a CO2 test kit. These are cheap, you can pick one up at your local fish store, or you can pick one up on Amazon for 15 bucks. If your CO2 levels rise outside of safe levels, just cut back on the CO2 ingredients detailed in this instructable, use a control valve, or consider only running it during the day by installing a common air hose regulator available for a few cents at the fish store and cutting it off in the evening, or pull the hose from the bottle if you're around enough to manage that. Plants consume CO2 and put off oxygen during the day offsetting the CO2 being put out, but at night they consume Oxygen... and the combined effect could kill off your fish during the night. There is a lot of literature on the internet about these concepts, and of course a lot of opinions... and a basic understanding of the ecology of a planted aquarium should be obtained before introducing anything new that may kill your critters off.Very much like some of the articles published earlier this decade which claimed that fish food alone was more than enough to satisfy the trace element needs of corals and reef life, there is a school of thought within aquatic gardening that is content to let the livestock population provide the bulk or all of the nutrients that aquatic plants receive. The Natural Planted aquarium style of aquatic gardening tends to be less occupied with how plants are arranged and without more than the bare minimum in lighting, substrate and dosing aquarium water. While there is something to be said about the elegance of growing a planted tank with little to no effort, if growing the most robust and lush looking plants possible is your aim then you will want to get to know the importance of macro and micronutrients for plant growth. The Macro Nutrients that are most important for day to day plant growth are Carbon Dioxide, Nitrogen, Potassium and Phosphorus (or CO2 and NPK for short). This articlewill focus on the importance of carbon dioxide with the next installment dealing more with the use of macro and micro additives for the planted aquarium.