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Creating a Traditional Nature Aquarium Layout

Oct 29 2018 0 Comments co2 controsoil planted tank ultum nature systems

When you’re new to aquascaping and are looking to set up a new tank, it can be a bit difficult to know where to begin. Some of the most frequent questions I receive on my Instagram account @shrimpery run along the lines of: “what kind of CO2 setup do I need,” or “what kind of soil do you use?” Because I recently set up a new high tech aquarium in my UNS 60U aquarium, I figured that this would be a good opportunity to share my thought process during the setup, along with details about gear and materials used.

The Mysteries of CO2 in a Planted Tank Explained - Nice and Easy

Nov 15 2016 0 Comments co2 nature bottle planted tank ultum nature systems

Benefits of CO2 in a Planted Tank There are two basic requirements for plants to grow through photosynthesis; nutrients and light.  The most important nutrient for plant growth is carbon.  Since carbon dioxide (CO2) is abundant in the atmosphere, plants simply draw their carbon directly from CO2 in order to photosynthesize and grow.  In an aquarium, CO2 levels are naturally very low and without any supplementation, submerged aquatic plants will not be able to grow properly.  When CO2 is a limiting factor, plants cannot fully utilize all the available light to photosynthesize.  This can allow algae to grow and compete...