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    CO2 Reg Reading

    Thanks for the input. I intend to weigh the empty (when it's empty) and the new one I have on standby. Just forgot last time. Thanks again.
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    CO2 Reg Reading

    I do. Thank you. I've don't recall ever seeing the reg value drop low, although I'm not great at always checking. Do you still appear to be getting a "normal" output at the diffuser?
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    CO2 Reg Reading

    I'm expecting my CO2 to run out soon but I don't think I've ever witnessed what the regulator readings are when it starts to run down. In the past I've found it has stopped completely before I've taken time to observe the regulator. Does the regulator indicate when the bottle is nearing its end...
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    Algae Strategy!

    I don't want to speak too soon but I thought some may find it helpful if I shared details of what seems to be working in terms of dealing with the algae and improving the plant growth. I can't pinpoint any one thing, nor can I discount maturity of the tank playing a role too. That said, these...
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    Black hair algae on plants. I’ve done everything I can!!

    FWIW... Here's my battle with algae. I've been keeping planted tanks on and off for about 20 years. High tech and low tech. I was spoilt by an incredibly good experience with my first tank; following the precise methodology set out by some brothers from just north of Milton Keynes who also had a...
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    Algae Strategy!

    Contemplating adding a solenoid or, trading my CO2 supermarket reg for one with a built in solenoid. I'm prompted by reading how CO2 fluctuations can cause algae; figuring shutting it down during lights out will add stability and therefore help reduce algae. Thoughts on this theory welcomed...
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    Algae Strategy!

    How long does a high-tech tank take to mature in your opinion; and what would you expect to be seeing by now?
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    How Long Does a 2kg CO2 Supply Last (Roughly)

    Mine recently ran out... The replacement revealed a small leak from the reg...
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    Algae Strategy!

    So... Some weeks later... I've started to get BBA... I think caused by my CO2 running out. Before the BBA the hair algae and coating of green algae on leaves had reduced but then remained fairly persistent. CO2 has been restored and I've recently increased the lighting from 20% to 50% as the...
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    Algae Strategy!

    Brilliant! Thank you for your help. Having done all the other bits (increased dosage, 2x per week water change / clean, increased circulation) things are looking better. The algae seems to be retreating (helped by some physical removal) and new plant growth is looking healthier. I'm awaiting...
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    Algae Strategy!

    So... The aquarium is currently reading 7.0 and the sample taken yesterday is currently reading 8.0... Assuming CO2 is the only influencing factor that shows 30ppm concentration in the aquarium water?
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    Algae Strategy!

    I will indeed check it again later today (about 24hrs after it was taken out). It was just interesting the difference between the two so soon.
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    Algae Strategy!

    Interestingly, the siphoned off sample; measured about 15mins after removing from the aquarium, was 7.1. The aquarium, immediately following the water change, was still at 6.9... I'd just changed about 40% of the water...
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    Algae Strategy!

    In the past I've found solenoids to be a bit of a pain. Running exceptionally hot and a whiff of unreliability. I've had both the "normal" solenoids and the low-heat versions. When I first started in planted aquariums (almost 20 years ago now :crazy:) I ran 24/7 and it was one of my most...
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    Algae Strategy!

    The readings so far seem, erm, static: Lights are on from 4pm to 11pm. CO2 runs 25hrs. Date / Time / PH 16/10/2018 20:45 6.5 17/10/2018 12:13 6.9 17/10/2018 15:51 6.9 18/10/2018 08:32 6.9 18/10/2018 15:52 6.9 18/10/2018 23:12 6.9 19/10/2018 08:11 7.0
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