It Wasn’t That Hard
I think a lot of people get the idea that these kinds of aquariums are really hard to do and maintain. What surprised me the most was really how easy it all was. Honestly I think its almost easier to set up a high tech (Co2) than a low tech (No added CO2).
The idea of adding CO2 to a aquarium for me seemed really hard and high maintenance to maintain. Once I got the right Regulator for the pressurized CO2 tank. It was really simple. All you really need to add CO2 to a planted aquarium is as follows
- Regulator: This is what attaches to the CO2 tank to allow CO2 to flow through the air line tubing. Make sure you get a regulator that has a plug! this will allow you to set it up with a timer which makes it really easy to maintain.
- Air Line Tubing: This really is just air line tubing. Its cheap, comes in some different colors, and really one size fits all.
- Check Valve: This will go after the regulator and will simply keep water from flowing back into the regulator if something happens
- Bubble Counter: This is really optional. It does look pretty cool and is a decent way to see how much CO2 you are adding. Some diffusers come with these built in.
- Diffuser: This is what diffuses the CO2 into the water.
There are other ways
This is the only way I have done it. I have had lots of success using this setup but I know that other ways work just as well. I wont talk too much about those because I don’t have any experience with them and I don’t want to try and explain something I haven’t done.
The big moment! Setting it all up is really the fun part and you can get really creative with this step. You can create all different types of layouts with basically any plants you want to grow. Here was my first set up. I had kept other planted tanks prior to this so I did have some experience.