CO2 Mist "Problem"

VaughnH

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I ran my 29 gallon tank with a Eheim diffuser supplying CO2 directly into the tank. I had plants growing well, but was intrigued by the idea of the CO2 mist method, so I changed my Fluval outlet to a vertical spray bar spraying along the back, and moved the diffuser directly under it. Now, about a week later, I have a problem: my plants grow so fast and big I don't think I can possibly keep them trimmed enough. I have mostly water sprite, Hygrophilia difformis, and a little Ludwigia. The first two are the rapid growers. So, it appears that I need to gradually switch to slower growing, less weedy plants. Right now I have an e. parviflorus v.tropica and lobelia cardinalis (small form) on order. What other slower, less weedy plants could substitute for the water sprite and h. difformis I have? I enjoy good plant growth, but come on now.........
 

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That is one way, but things like HC, Eirocaulons, Tonia's, R wallichii, R macrandra, Bolbitus, narrow leaf java fern, hairgrass etc will also work, adding some rock and wood to the hard scape etc also.

What a bad problem, fast growing plants:)

Still think I'm crazy and it does not work?

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Tom, I never thought you were crazy, but I wondered about myself when I tried that method, knowing it would accelerate the plant growth. I feel like I wanted an ice cream cone, but got a gallon of Cherries Garcia.

I think I will try to go the Crypt route - a 29 gallon tank doesn't need a whole lot of different plants, and Crypts do look awful good. Now, to decide which of the two or three species to use. (Oh, are there more than 2 or 3???) I have a couple of pieces of drift wood, and really like plants a lot more, so a lot of rocks and plants are a no-no.
 

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Vaughnh, good crypt choices= wendtii,several forms,albida,balansae, affinis,beckettii,lucens,petchii,ponterfolia,and willisii. go to Tropica.com for specifics. regards,cornhusker :) :)
 

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Cornhusker said:
Vaughnh, good crypt choices= wendtii,several forms,albida,balansae, affinis,beckettii,lucens,petchii,ponterfolia,and willisii. go to Tropica.com for specifics. regards,cornhusker :) :)

I expect to try just a couple to start, and I lean towards wendtii red, and retrospiralis, even though the latter seems to get pretty big. I have two weeks to get the tank at least party under control - then I will be incapacitated for aquarium maintenance for a couple of weeks or more. Not feeling any pressure, nope, nope!
 

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V-
I am crazy, I have multiple personalities.
You might also consider Downoi also as a slow growing( and easy to sell to others for lots of $$$).

Blyxa japonica is also something you may consider.

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Tom Barr