Originally Posted by rowmath
I asked about nutrients and it took me about 30 seconds to find the EI guide. Now all I have to do is get the chemicals.
All of us have had some success with EI, and i think its a great place to start. It will certainly help you understand nutrients and healthy growth. Aquarium Plants, Aquatic Plants, Planted Aquariums, and Aquarium Plant Fertilizer
This is were most of us get our chems.
Keep us updated on your progress.
It was nice to meet you and keith.
Oh, about your co2. You want to target at least 30ppm of co2 in your water. Unfortunately, bubble count is a very inacurate way to determine that. Most of us you the KH/PH method. In short, this allows you to determine what your co2 concentration is by measuring your PH and KH and then looking at a chart. When you add co2 to water, it makes the water more acidic, which brings the PH down. People did this for a long time.... After some time most of us realized that you can be pretty sure you co2 is ok if your PH is 1 whole point lower then what your water was before you started adding Co2.
Let your tank or tap water sit for 24 hours without co2 injection. Measure your PH.....lets say its 7.4. Then add co2 until your PH gets to 6.4(1 whole point lower). At this point, you should have enough co2 in your tank.
Always be mindful of your critters while adding co2. If you see them having distress, be sure to back off on co2 a bit.
Hope this helps