Will CO2 Injection work for me?
My plants look fine, but not like the drool over aquariums I see at my favorite pet store or online. To get the lush greens and abundant plants I'm told I need to use C02 Injection. I believe that I have all the rest of the conditions for good plant growth and that CO2 is my weak link in the chain. However, I think the filter system I have would make CO2 injection a waste of time.
Everything I have read about CO2 injection says to minimize surface agitation which will get rid of the CO2 you are putting in to the water. The problem is that I have a Marineland 30 gallon Eclipse tank (see link below). The filter is built in to the hood. The water is sucked up out of the water then sprayed across a filter pad which fills a resevoir which then spills on to a biowheel resevoir which fills and then spills out again on to two ramps which toss the water out. I get fine bubbles all over the top of the aquarium and a nice current throughout. Soooo....even if I put in CO2 I am thinking that my filter would defeat my endeavors.
What do you think? Below is a link to my aquarium as well as details about the amount of light, planting medium and fish.
Powerhead to mechanical and biological filter.
We have haaard water in Arizona. But my PH is steady around 7.5
For light, they get 2 18w "Natural Daylight" Flourescent bulbs on them for 15hours a day on a timer and just a little through a window.
They are planted in Flourite substrate with small rock on top. I use under gravel fertilizer tabs monthly and a iron/potassium solution in the twice a month (it says to do it weekly but I got too much algae when I did).
I have aproximately 15 platys and 15 small neon tetras. Some ghost shrimp. 2 mystery snails and a Siamese Agae Fish.
Here is a link that might be useful: Click for link to my aquarium