How to Use DIY CO2 in the Planted Tank
Fishtanktv.com dustinsfishtanks on a Thursday. Tomorrow is Friday. I had a rough Friday. Freaking head gasket on my car has blown. It is going to cost me like two grand. Luckily I got a guy that is going to help me out, so it is not going to be that expensive, but that sucked. Anyway here is what is up fishtanknews. Doing the five part series on the five elements of a high tech tank. You rookies do not mess with this, you will kill your fish. I am giving you a warning, I am going to talk about the third element. First element being the substrate, second element being the lighting and the third element being the carbon dioxide, using CO2 in your tank.
I want to show you how I do it, I actually have a full video on how to do it, but I want to show you the container that I use and how it is done. This is just hanging here. Very easy device, you get a nice jug like this and I have a CO2 recipe that I am moving to one of my favorite videos, you guys can see it. With CO2 there is some precautionary things you really do not want to do. That is one run it without an air stone. I mean you can run your CO2 during the day that is cool, but plants do not use carbon dioxide at night. They don’t use it, they actually respire carbon dioxide so you could have really high carbon dioxide levels. CO2 also lowers your carbonated hardiness, lowers your kH so your plants will grow like crazy, but then all of sudden your fish will get sick and die, which is part of the reason I had a bad problem with my rainbows a while back. It’s risky business! The other side of it is your plants will grow sh*thouse. You can have just immense plant growth. Carbon is the backbone of life. It’s a great way to get extreme plant growth in conjunction with soil, you will have some incredible plant growth, but I do not recommend it. If you say I used CO2 and I killed my fish and you didn’t take precautions and run an air stone. and do big water changes. You really got to be on your game. You are running with high octane gas, you are running fast. Like I said you are a high tank. You are driving a f*cking Porsche around a curvy mountain and your pissed drunk. It is fast, it’s fun, but things can happen. Obviously if anyone wants to talk, low tech tank here. This tank is completely low tech. Only put CO2 when it wants for just a little while and my rainbows got sick. I haven’t a single bit of CO2 on it since then. This tank over here same deal. That tank sucks, that tank sucks as well until I get my ROU unit, no CO2 at all over here with these guys and CO2 up there. That’s the third of the five element. Carbon dioxide people! Listen, be careful okay? I mean it is great, you have some new stuff and you can like make your tank turbo charge and you can run CO2 and it is awesome, but if you don’t need to remove that thing at night or run at air stone at night counter to your lights, I would run an air stone during the day. You will dissipate a little bit of CO2. If you put CO2 on your tank you are running a line. I would recommend also, if you are going to use CO2, I do recommend using ladders and I have got one over here that obviously I am not using, but the CO2 ladders are good, because the bubbles go back and forth, back and forth and they have more contact time so you have a higher concentration of CO2 at your tank. But as you can see with this bad ass Sword here that has zero CO2 in it, you don’t necessarily need it, but again if you want your plants to go sh*t house it is an option.
So that’s what’s going on. Tomorrow is Friday people, get excited, we are having some fun.