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Plant Profile: Bolbitis Heudelotii Difformis

Jul 03 2020 1 Comment beginner co2 guide low tech plant profile plants tips

Plant Profile: Bolbitis Heudelotii Difformis Family name: Dryopteridaceae If you’re looking for a stable, slow-growing aquarium plant with minimal care, Bolbitis Heudelotii Difformis is the perfect pick. This Bolbitis is unique greenery that will fill the midground or background of your aquascape or fish tank with leafy vibes.  Bolbitis Heudelotii Difformis is also known as the African Water Fern. This bolbitis is an epiphyte found in tropical, shady water sources with strong currents. It is a stable and easy plant to maintain that won’t quickly overrun your tank which makes it loved by aquascaping novices and experts. They are comparable...

Creating a Traditional Nature Aquarium Layout

Oct 29 2018 0 Comments Aquascapes beginner co2 fish guest blog hardscape high tech layout/styles plants shrimp tips

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.

In-Tank CO2 Diffuser Comparison!

Sep 11 2018 0 Comments co2 tips video

  With so many diffusers on the market today, it can be difficult to choose what type will work with your planted tank setup. The short video above quickly covers 3 different types that are popular and commonly used today. Let's take a closer look at the 3 types covered in the video. First, we have the classic glassware pieces.  These diffusers come in a variety of sizes and shapes meant to cater to factors such as aquarium tank size and aesthetic. Being made from glass, these CO2 diffusers are sleek and are meant to blend into a planted tank...

Guide to CO2 Equipment Needed for Planted Tank

Jan 17 2018 2 Comments beginner co2 tips video

CO2 and You! – Intro Pressurized CO2 We all learn that terrestrial plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the atmosphere. This is no different for aquatic plants. However, in an environment that is surrounded by water, carbon dioxide is harder to come by.  Carbon is needed by plants to create food. Photosynthesis is the process in which plants absorb carbon dioxide and solar energy to create glucose and oxygen. So naturally, the more carbon that a plant has access to, the faster the growth rate in conjunction with access to solar energy (light). The most common way to...

6 Essential Parts of a Planted CO2 Setup

Nov 17 2017 0 Comments beginner co2 tips

When it comes to setting up a Co2 system it can get confusing. With innovation always being pushed, the amount of product on the market makes for saturation. With this blog the hope is to clarify the essentials when it comes down to injecting co2 into your planted aquarium. There are six basic fundamental pieces you need when jumping into the world of pressurized co2. Those being: A CO2 Cylinder, regulator, co2 proof tubing, check valve, bubble counter and lastly a diffuser.             Below we will break down the key function to help you better understand the role of each...

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

Nov 15 2016 0 Comments beginner co2 tips

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...