Originally Posted by coralbandit
Not to de rail this but my reference to the citric acid I showed the picture of was directly dosed daily to reef tank as a form of 'carbon dosing' .
Many say carbon dosing can be used in fresh water but is not practical.
Possibly if used in a different % it could change its function and be a benefit to the planted tank also ? Most don't carbon dose fresh because they can't remove the bacteria [slime] it generates without a protein skimmer .Possibly in lower doses the plants use it ? My reference was not towards any of the "DIY' CO2
I would recommend anyone over 20g to get a regulator and tank for that. But many say the citric acid co2
is longest lasting???
I know next to nothing about reefkeeping; I had to look up carbon dosing.
I'm not sure about this, I'm no chemistry expert.. Some aquatic plant species can make use of bicarbonate ions as a carbon source, but I don't think plants are able to utilize the carbon that is bound within dissolved organic compounds. (please correct me if I'm wrong)
I do know that the whole point of injecting co2
is because other sources of carbon require plants to expend more energy, which slows down growth. Even in low tech with no co2
injection, plants will use the available co2
first until the concentration becomes depleted, at which point you would still be better off replenishing dissolved co2
via surface exchange rather than relying on other sources of carbon that are less efficient by far.