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Air pump in excel tank?

Discussion in 'Non-CO2 Methods' started by gabcas0319, Sep 20, 2016.

  1. gabcas0319

    gabcas0319 Junior Poster

    Aug 29, 2016
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    Hello i decide turn my non co2 tank into a low light excel tank, but the tank have biofilm, it is good idea to put an air pump? or with just the movement from the pump is ok? its just that i know plant need oxigen but also needs co2 but so i don't know if its a good or bad idea ! thaks all !!! you all are amazing!
    #1 gabcas0319, Sep 20, 2016
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 20, 2016
  2. Frank158

    Frank158 New Member

    Jul 11, 2017
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    How about some kind of surface skimmer? I use the eheim 350 but there are others. It keeps my surface crystal clear and recommend it.
  3. snarkingturtle

    snarkingturtle New Member

    Jul 17, 2017
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    I'm starting the same thing in my low light Excel tank. I put the aerator on a timer and will see if 30 min a night does it. I've seen diverse opinions on this so I'm interested to see what advice you get.
  4. Dman

    Dman Subscriber

    Jun 2, 2017
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    I would assume the more surface agitation the better in a non Co2 injected tank. This should aid in gas exchange helping shift Co2 levels back towards equilibrium a bit faster. A siesta for lighting is another thing to consider to allow the limited amount of Co2 in a non Co2 tank to replenish.

    Just throwing out my thoughts. I do not keep a planted non Co2 tank.


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