03-07-2004, 05:50 AM
Join Date: Mar 2004
| | Needing CO2 (and Much Other) Advice for a 38 Gallon Tank
Hi and thanks to anyone that helps me out. I saw a posting asking where the newbs are, well, I guess I sort if fit the bill. I have been trying to keep a planted tank with limited success for the last year.
I have a 38 gallon tank with a 110 watt lighting system. I am using a yeast set-up now and am not too happy with it.
I would like to put together a system that is nice, but not too expensive. If anyone has recommendations on buying different parts from several places, I'd REALLY appreciate it if they could also recommend a site that has schematics that are relatively easy to follow.
I would also like a system that could be used on a larger (125-250) gallon tank, if possible. I its know, crazy, but I'd like the option when and if I ever decide to buy a larger aquarium.
One other question related to algae. I do weekly water changes of about 10-15%. I have: cardinal tetras (10), and rummy nose tetras (7), about 16 green tetras, 4 zebra botias, a couple of catfish and an algae eater. Is this too many fish for a heavily planted tank?
I've been trying hard not to overfeed, but I'm having some black hair algae that goes crazy once in a while and is a pain in the back end to clean up. I have no water test kits, but my fish are pretty finicky and all are doing very well. Regarding plants, all are common, some anubias, a sword or two, a large val (too large maybe!) and various common other plants.
Does anyone have recommendations on plants that will last quite a while? My swords do well for a while then die off. I have read that they need to be take out of the tank for a period of time. Well, I would like to find something a little less care-intensive if that's the case. Does anyone have some good ideas on plants that would fit my needs and tank size?
I hope I don't sound like too much of an idiot. My wife and I are working on our master's in special ed while working... We are SO busy and incoming cash is none too high right now. I have tried researching on-line, but there is so much info (a good deal of it conflicting) out there, I'm getting a bit flustered
Thanks for any answers, I am looking to buy the makings for my CO2 system in about 5-6 months.