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Old 05-27-2011, 08:44 PM   #21 (permalink)
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So, “low tech” includes DIY CO2 ??
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Old 05-27-2011, 09:05 PM   #22 (permalink)
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So, “low tech” includes DIY CO2 ??
Good question. One point in this would be scope and effect. A DIY CO2 on a 20 or smaller would have a much different impact than the same set up on a 120 or larger. I don't know if folks using "low tech" use different amounts of DIY CO2 in different size tanks, but it would seem logical that you could very well be moderate to high tech even just with DIY CO2 in the tank. Then again, sometimes it's more of playing around with wine recipes than wanting CO2 in the tank...

Anyway, a good question that I don't have the answer for. I don't use it in my aquariums, but I have some wine brewing and am using the CO2 in my toad-arium (the 48"/10 gallon tank) for the emmersed plants. Cheers eh?
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I'll add my low tech to the list it's been setup for about 4 months in this picture with ada amazonia II substrate and led lighting, but it's still a working progress and just planted the foreground in this pic with staurogyne tropica this is the most recent pic I have right now from over a month ago and not much has progressed with the staurogyne tropica as well, not yet that is lol.



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So, “low tech” includes DIY CO2 ??
I don't think it does but I could be wrong? For the only reason that low tech is also called non Co2 tanks but saying that you can also add Excel and it can still be a non co2 tank, maybe what they mean is non Co2 injected? but I havn't seen DIY Co2 classifed as low tech or a non Co2 tank, but that's just my observations from what I see.

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So, “low tech” includes DIY CO2 ??
I don't know, but i think you'd look VERY ridiculous if you open up a stand in 2011's ADA/AGA convention where your new product line consists of a homemade juice jug with a sugar and yeast mix
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I don't know, but i think you'd look VERY ridiculous if you open up a stand in 2011's ADA/AGA convention where your new product line consists of a homemade juice jug with a sugar and yeast mix
You could set it up in some crazy continuous yeast bio-reactor so you only have to add more sugar. Basically a huge auto-dosing set up for a yeast culture. Make sure to etch your fancy company logo on every part from the power cord on up.

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CO2 injection is the boundary I do not wish to cross. And I'm not too fond of Excel and fertilization either, although I am using them in some plant-only propagation nanos. But in anything 20 gallons and larger, with a soil substrate and robust fish population, I don't want to use either. I would use some supplemental fertilization to correct an obvious deficiency.
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Still waiting for davemonkey to comment. My question was in response to his compliment on a low tech tank that according to the poster was “Pretty much no maintenance... only change DIY CO2 every 2 weeks.”

I think it’s a great thread and like to see photos of tanks that are more stylized but still considered low tech or NPT. It would be helpful to know which tanks are being given CO2 bubbles.

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Hey Gumbie! Yeah, I think of DIY as a low-tech supplement since it's home-made and requires no gadgets of significance. It would NOT adhere to "El Natural" or Walstad method, but it is still a low tech way of getting carbon to the plants IMO. (But I'm not the authority on low-tech...so take that with a grain of salt. )

Mudboot's comment also bears weight. A picotope with a gallon jug DIY on it is getting the same CO2 it would with a pressurized system. But still, that is a low-tech method of CO2, right?

The tanks that I have posted were not supplemented with CO2...at least not at the time the photos were taken. My 125 currently set up actually has pressurized CO2 now, which is why I won't post an update photo of it here...it's no longer low tech.
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Ah, got it. I deleted the word “pressurized” from my post. I think I’ll give the DIY CO2 a try in one tank. I'll have to hurry so that Jark and I are prepared to launch our new product line at the 2011 convention.
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