YAY CO2 party!

I made my own CO2 set. It wasn’t the first time; I tried several times already but the result was always negative. I recently found out that I need use a specific kind of plastic tube (one that is pretty hard and thick) to make my CO2 set work. An other mistake was that I used water bottles,.. apparently the (plastic) bottles for water (and milk) is just too thin; you really have to use a coca cola, fanta, sprite bottle to make this work!

to make everything easier (because you will need to fill your CO2 bottle every week) I bought some bottle caps from ebay and a CO2 glass diffuser. Once you have everything, the set up is very easy and quick. There are dozens of bio-CO2 recipes online,.. they all differ a little bit. Some use a lot of sugar other prefer jelly and boiling water… the most important part is to have your whole et up leak free, onze you have that, you can easily switch to a better recipe etc. make sure you don’t use too much CO2 though. Im using quite much because there are still no fish in the tank, and Im having problems with algae. once the plants are thriving I will slowly lower the CO2 amount.

I made a little video of my CO2 set 🙂

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update 28-02-2015

Here’s an update of all of my tanks (counting: 4 now..I think Im addicted; I really need to stop now). The first one, a +-10 liter planted tank, is currently on my little ikea table surrounded with chamber plants. I had to buy a clip-on lamp though, but Im happy I did it because the plants are growing well. I re-used one of the HOB filters and the shrimp heather (Im planning on selling the other one since I will not use it anymore). The NO2 and NO3 levels are still wayyy too high, but Im patient. I still have to wait at least 2 weeks.

oh and as future inhabitants: I really like yellow shrimps and maybe one or two snails. the tank’s function is to grow little plants though.. because you always need more plants!

citroen garnaal – yellow shrimp – neocaridina

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I have good news for the second tank! I saw the baby shrimp again! yay, he survived (I could not take any good pictures of him, he’s soooo tiny). Im planning on buying new red cherries soon because 3 females died (found the problem but I still need to go to the store).  I also added a little bit more sand, to make the background a bit higher, the tank looks bigger now and there’s more light for the plants (see before and after pics). The anubia’s are growing very well, I have two new leaves already!

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before: messy with plants growing everywhere.

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after: more space and light enters!

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The betta tank is also doing really well! The plants are growing fast and all inhabitants are are less shy (they often come closer to my finger now). Apple is a very friendly betta, he really doesn’t care about the buzzing kubotai’s (I love them, they are very active and so nice to look at) the scissortail rasboras are also less shy, and getting bigger everyday. their tails are bright yellow and black now (used to be light grey when they were stressed).

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The last tank (the biggest) had some problems.. the tank is still empty, because of the high NO3 and NO2 levels. I tried to add as much as possible plants, to make the process quicker. I recently found out that my tap water wasn’t ideal for the tank (PH = HIGH, KH = super LOW, GH too, NO3 = high) so I started using rainwater now, It’s better but the KH is still very low and KH is okay’ish.. so yes, I have a slight green and brown algae problem, but Im planning on making a good bio-CO2 set to lower the PH and give the plants a boost.

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Tank cleaning and fotoshoot!

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Hi guys,

As you can see on the pictures I have some problems with algae that keeps growing.. I hoped that this problem would go away when I bought the right lamp and profito (+ferro) for the plants, but it got even worse so now Im just panicking… This tank was supposed to become the prettiest one but I keep having trouble with it.. I thoroughly cleaned the plants, grind and filter today but there’s still a lot of algae..
On the other hand, before cleaning I decided to put my betta in a separate tank so he wouldn’t get stressed out so much. I finally took some good pictures of him posing!     2014-10-12 14.35.49  2014-10-12 14.37.19  2014-10-12 14.38.19  2014-10-12 14.38.44  2014-10-12 14.41.102014-10-12 14.40.30     2014-10-12 14.41.17 2014-10-12 14.41.48