Hello and welcome. In this video I introduce the Tropica® Plant Growth System 60. With this system you should be able to
provide aquarium plants with Co2 in an inexpensive way. It is for aquariums up to 60 liters of water and the entry into the CO2 world. I bought it for my second Nano Aquarium
because too many green algae grew in it. On the stones they actually don’t bother me, but they are now occupying more and more often the leaves of the plants and obstruct their
growth. I think the algae came because there are not enough plants in the aquarium, that consume the nutrients in the water,
or that they are not big enough yet. Especially the Hygrophila pinnatifida grows too slow and forms only small leaves and I hope with CO2 that will change. To get nutrients out of the water
I planted Hellantium Quadricostatus, which is a fast growing plant actually. I bought it as tissue culture plant. She seems to be finally off now switched from emers to submers and begins to grow, and I want to support that with CO2 until the aquarium gets into balance and the algae die. That’s how I succeeded in my first aquarium without CO2. In that aquarium brown algae came after 4 weeks and started to cover the stones. Again, I did not have enough plants in the aquarium to delete the nutrients. I then planted the Java fern and since then, the algae continuously died. The Plant Growth System 60 consists of the CO2 Can, the dosing chamber, a hose and a valve. The system should then work as follows:
one attaches the dosing chamber under water and fill it with CO2 from the can via the hose. This dissolves slowly in the water. On the dosing chamber is a scale
where you can read how much CO2 is in the chamber. How much you have to fill in you see on the table on the packaging. First there is the aquarium size,
then the appropriate dosage and then the period in which can is used up at the respective Dosage. My aquarium has 10 liters, and the
table says I have to put 40 ml of CO2 in the dosing chamber, that is until there,
and then the can is supposed to be empty after 130 days. The chamber has to be refilled daily, when the light is turned on, so that the plants can use the CO2 optimally. As you can see here the dosing chamber has to be mounted in a corner of the aquarium. In the back left corner the filter is attached and in the right rear corner the chamber does not fit because of its height. That’s why I have to attach it in the front left corner, which of course does not look so good, and the current of the filter does not hit it
optimally. To distribute the CO2 well in the aquarium
you actually want put he chamber as close as possible to the filter. At the top of the dosing chamber you find a valve plug. This should be opened once a week to
vent the camber. The principle is now the following: The
hose is attached to the dosing chamber and is connected to the CO2 bottle at the other end. If the chamber in the aquarium is filled with water, you press on top of the can and fill in so much CO2 as needed. In the chamber a CO2 bubble expands, which dissolves in the water over time. To remain the CO2 in the chamber and to avoid Water to be sucked into the bottle, the valve has to be inserted into the hose. You just put the hose on it and then turn the safety thread over it. So it should not be possible to pull it off. The same thing is done with the hose
between bottle and valve. The arrow on the valve points into the
direction in which the CO2 flows afterwards. When inserting the dosing chamber into the aquarium you first let all the air out and then fix it with the suction cups
in a corner. Unfortunately you can not see the scale here in the video anymore because it is located on the other side of the chamber. Now remove the protective cover from the can, otherwise you can not emit CO2. After the hose is attached push
once on top of the can and immediately the incoming CO2 drains the water from the chamber. This happens relatively fast, so you have to be careful that you do not overdose, especially if you only has to fill in as little as in my
Aquarium. At the first time there was air in the hose that was pressed into the chamber by the CO2. That’s why I open the valve on top of the camber, and immediately the water level rises back again in the chamber. I press again on the can and hope that this time I will only have CO2 in the chamber. These are now the desired 40 ml. Now, the CO2 should dissolve in the next few hours in the water and the water level then rises slowly back in the chamber. The dosing chamber should be attached as close to the filter as possible so that dissolved CO2 in the water is mixed well in the aquarium and reaches all the plants. In my aquarium, the chamber is not optimal
attached, but I hope it anyway works, because the tank is so small. I’m curious if the water exchange works in the chamber too. The whole thing is an attempt and we will
see what will happen and whether the plants grow faster and so the algae die. The dosing chamber looks a bit oversized in my little aquarium. And in the front corner it does not look nice. But I only want to put CO2 temporarily into the aquarium till there is some kind of balance. And for that the system seems suitable pretty good to me. I hope that especially the
Hygrophila pinnatifida and the Hellantium Quadricostatus get a boost in the next few weeks. I’ll show you in a later video if something has happened and report my experiences with the Tropica® Plant Growth System. I am very curious how the aquarium
will develop. If you don’t want to miss that, then subscribe but my channel, so you do not miss the next videos. I’ll plan an Iwagumi soon, then set it up
and plant it and it would be nice if you would join me. If you enjoyed this video I’m very happy about a thumbs up. You will find a link to the Tropica® Plant Growth System and for replacement CO2 cans in the Video description. Thanks for watching! Hope to see you soon again!

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13 thoughts on “Tropica® Plant Growth System 60”

  1. Ich hoffe ich konnte Euch mit diesem Video helfen. Weitere Infos und Links zu dem Plant Growth System 60, zu den passenden Ersatzflaschen und zu weiteren Produkten findet Ihr in der Videobeschreibung und auf meinem Blog unter: http://aquarium.sailnator.de/plant-growth-system/

  2. Hallo liber Aquaristik Freuns,
    ein Tipp zu dem Blau algen. Diese Alge ist im grunde keine Alge, sondern eine Bakterie.
    Leider gebt eis keine nicht Chemmische bechandlung dafür.
    Aber ich hatte selber damit meine Probleme. Es gibt ein tolles Produckt das dier da helfen kann,
    https://amzn.to/2OJXwZ1

  3. Interessant, da mal ein Video zu zu finden. An sich ein schönes System für Einsteiger*innen, mir ist das allerdings zu stressig, jeden Tag zur selben Zeit diese Kammer zu füllen.

    Was wichtig ist: wenn du CO2 in dein Becken einbringst, musst du auch entsprechend mehr düngen. CO2 einzubringen erhöht die Nährstoffaufnahme der Pflanzen und damit sie wirklich besser wachsen, musst du auch entsprechende Mengen an Nährstoffen und Licht bereitstellen. Nur so kannst du dein Gleichgewicht bekommen. Wenn du nun natürlich eh schon zu viele Nährstoffe im Wasser hast, ist das wieder was anderes, das würde ich aber nicht raten, sondern einfach mal per Tröpfchentest messen…

    Und zu guter Letzt: der Plan, das CO2 irgendwann einfach wieder abzukapseln, klingt nicht allzu erfolgversprechend in meinen Ohren: die Pflanzen gewöhnen sich an das CO2 und verbrauchen nur damit die überschüssigen Nährstoffe, die du aus dem Wasser bekommen willst. Wenn du das CO2 dann entfernst, sobald die Algen weg sind, werden die Pflanzen wieder zurückschalten auf dasselbe Wachstum wie früher und die Algen kommen zurück – oder im schlimmsten Fall gehen sie sogar ein, wobei das eher ein Problem bei Hightech-Becken ist. Also, entweder ganz mit CO2 fahren oder gar nicht, wäre meine Empfehlung. Aber mal mit und mal ohne, das kann auf Dauer nix werden 🙂

  4. Hallo, bewirkt die Anlage bei dir etwas, ich habe dieselbe. Bei mit bringt sie nichts, der CO2 wert im Aquarium ist schlecht und der PH wert liegt bei etwa 8. Werde mit jetzt eventuell diese holen: https://www.amazon.de/Tropica-CO2-Set-Anlage-Pflanzen/dp/B01N79UMOU/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8 . (Habe ein Becken mit etwa 30l)
    Grüße
    Nico

  5. Die Pumpe ist doch viel zu stark, da hättest Du das auch hinten rechts ins Becken machen können, dass macht keinen Unterschied.

  6. Wie lange hat das bei dir immer gedauert bis die Kammer leer war ? Hab mir das auch gekauft und komplett gefüllt und die ist jetzt nach 5 Stunden fast komplett leer…

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