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    While U Wait CO2 Refills - South East London / Kent

    No ideas on this...? I live in Staines and have had the devils own job trying to find someone to refill a single FE. I now have two empty 5Kg FE's and have had to switch my tank to low tech as i think it is horrendously wasteful to keep scrapping FEs and buying new ones?! Is there no viable...
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    Amazon sword plantlets

    Thanks clive - thought so. Just seems a crying shame to throw 8 or so perfectly good xl amazon swords in the compost! :( From memory they are xl 'ozelot' types. Leaves grow very elongated and large and have a reddish blotching to them. Added to which i have cut so many 'dead' leaves off the...
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    Amazon sword plantlets

    Could have sworn i posted this earlier but i cant see it so.... Anyway i have several large swords which have all sprouted long stalks with several plantlets on each. My quandary is this - do i cut the stalks to allow the plant in the tank to grow properly (they seem to have stopped growing for...
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    John starkey 450lts 112g journal new pics 10/5/2009

    Re: John starkey 450lts 112g journal new pics added today 25/03/ Very nice looking tank - good exponent of the more 'dutch style' tanks i personally favour! I am not a huge nature aquarium tank fan - i like profusions of cooler greens and different styles of plants densely planted. I especially...
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    I love my part-time job...

    Lucky b4ggers! Do let us know about the opti-white!? I wonder if anyone will ever devise a non-toxic anti algae coating for glass!?
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    Apple snails pic

    suspected as much..
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    eheim - pah!

    dont accept that sks. To a degree i agree with the economy of scale you propose. You are right in so far as that i can accept a certain degree of issues with WEARING parts on these filters. They will eventually wear out - very true. HOWEVER these are NOT old filters and Eheim trade on their...
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    Apple snails pic

    no answers on this one then...?
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    Planted Tank - open to sugestion

    A 600g bottle used to last me two to 4 weeks on my 400 litres tank! This was with using a reasonably efficient rhinox diffuser below a filter outlet. Above comment is right though, i would go external reactor for this size tank. I just about get away with one ceramic diffuser.
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    c. balansae advice

    They arrived from Greenline as plants of about 4 inches or smaller. I have injected co2 from FE at 2bps and approx 2.7 wpg. Ill keep track on them - still no real sign of growth yet and they've been in for three weeks or so.
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    Apple snails pic

    I am interested in keeping some of these for glass algae control (green dust algae). Would they do this work? Will they leave all my plants alone? Also i keep small botia loaches (chain and zebra loaches) - would they be safe from them?
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    c. balansae advice

    I recently planted some C balansae in my 400 litre tank, which is fairly mature, in the hope that it would act as a nice contrasting background plant to my broader leaved swords. My question is, given my parameters detailed below, how long should it take for this plant to reach maturity? The...
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    Water changes...

    I use RO water from a water butt stored outside with a pond pump submerged in it attached to a large guage hose. I have another similar length hose for the waste water straight onto the plants in the yard. I could not be doing with lugging x amount of buckets back and forth. Only problem with...
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    Need algae pictures

    george published a thread with an article by this guy which had some good photos in. Its the sticky in the 'algae' section! Getting this guys permission to reproduce the pictures may be difficult as i dont think he has any affiliation to this forum.
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    How/Where did you hear about Ukaps.org?????

    Got to give a shout out to Tom Barr - i was posting on the US forum and he suggested this might be better place. He was right! It might be worth considering i did a search on 'planted tank forums' in UK Google - you guys arent even on the first page of results!! Maybe this could be addressed...
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    My Biggest Tank Yet...

    I too bought my 120x50 Rena Classic from ebay - at £300 it was more expensive than yours. Ill console myself with the fact that there was a T5 luminaire thrown in with fresh tubes and plenty of tank spares, so i cant complain too much! It was also in pretty good condition too... Reaching the...
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    Large sword - pruning advice

    Vaguely connected to this - can large swords like this get root bound in a similar way to house plants? I would imagine a sword of this size must have a quite substantial root ball? Its in a 400 liter tank - 120x50...
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    Large sword - pruning advice

    Maybe ill have a closer look - trouble is its a bit of a sword forest in there so its difficult to determine anything! I may just remove the worst leaves as they show signs of dying and leave it to its own devices.
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    Large sword - pruning advice

    I have a large (50cm+) leaved sword in my tank. It has produced 5 or six large broad leaves which reach the top of the tank. Only trouble is the plant looks to have stopped producing new leaves and the older leaves are getting algae on them due to their proximity to the lighting. Can i prune...
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    eheim - pah!

    Indeed there is a warranty period - i would expect a lifetime warranty with such things. However the filter in question is now 6 years old and out of official warranty period. Even so i will still be buying a new make anyway. No doubt i would be lumbered with carting the filter to recognised...
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    eheim - pah!

    Hard to say for certain - it seems to be from the front part of the filter (by front i mean the side of the filter where the tubes go in) just where the top housing meets the filter body. Its pissing out down the sides of the filter body basically. I checked the inlet/outlet manifold as well as...
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    eheim - pah!

    cheers guys. Both filters look good. The TetraTec does look good value at almost half the price pf the Eheim. I personally refuse to believe it is half the filter givent he trouble i have had with my Eheims in the past. For the sake of £68 i just dont see the point of getting the Eheim...
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    eheim - pah!

    Can anyone suggest another good maker of external cannister filters? Some years back when i started in the hobby i asked someone what the best in filter technology in the business was. Without hesitation that person said 'eheim'! I moved my professionel II today from one tank to another and it...
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    I built a new PC :) for those that are into nerd porn

    Did you stripe your hard drives? Veeeery quick....not much redundancy though with only two (as i have)!
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    Electric Aquarium Aquatic Plant CO2 Generator

    yep second that - if you like do a search on carbo plus on most planted tank websites and these electrolysis systems get a slating. I had one and it certainly did not work on a tank of 400l or so and would have been prohibitively expensive to run for any length of time... Loads of debate from...
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    EBay to ban negative seller views

    This is why i dont use ebay that often as a buyer - it has turned from what was a genuine auction site into a series of online stores. I can find most things i need from reputable online businesses as cheap, and i am less open to fraud! I do find it useful for selling old fish tanks though...!
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    How long will 5kg FE last....

    ...at a rate of 2bps? Does anyone have a rough idea if they use a 5kg FE? I was hoping to get a year out of it but this may be optimistic?
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    Potential co2 options for my 720 tank

    Er - wow! thats the equivalent of running my eheim 2329 on your 125 litre! Its rated for a 600 litre tank.
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    College 5'x2'x2' 100g

    hmmm...i have a tank of similar volume to yours - its a Rena classic 120x50x70. I use one Eheim 2329 thermo wet/dry filter - rated pump output 1050 l/h. It seems to perform adequately for me on my 100gals. Not knowing your filter types very well it is difficult to say these would be the problem...
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    too much CO2

    I've been labouring under a misconception about this then - this is discussed in the barrreport forum in greater detail. Tom feels mine is a common mistake made. He goes on to discuss other technicalities like O2's relative insolubility in water etc.
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    too much CO2

    hmmm...this whole pearling issues gives me food for thought. I was under the impression that pearling is also a function of how saturated your water already is with O2. That is to say that the act of photosynthesis causes the plant to give off O2 - if the water already has high O2 saturation (as...
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    Who doses what?

    dose trace elements daily - Red Sea Flora 24 tropica Nutrition at w/c (once a week) Potassium Carbonate solution at w/c in Brighty K doses Large Excel dose at w/c Sometimes add extra iron at w/c time No N and P as i have a relatively large fish load and feed regularly. I am going to count CO2 as...
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    World's cruelest planted aquarium!!!

    Just the same as being in a bag at a fair in sweltering heat! Equally reprehensible...
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    The Green Machine.

    Wish there was somewhere like that near me! I always think nice planted displays show the fish off to their best potential. I hope those guys do well in the trade and stay in business. Regrettably they do very few good planted displays in my local LFSs. I must be within range of several...
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    Is Brighty K a Bright Idea?

    I use this myself. It is good - though i find using it in Brighty K doses means my water is at about 6KH - slightly higher than i would like really. I have reduced the dosage slightly.
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    Is Brighty K a Bright Idea?

    I said 'perilously close' and not the same thing. I understand the point you are trying to make though. I just feel ADA get away with charging a premium for branding - some would say this is just reward for Takashi's years of hard work and study....?
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    Is Brighty K a Bright Idea?

    I hope the implication here isnt that you think other people hijacked this thread without you being involved George...? :wink:
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    More Algae Advice Please

    Used to think that algae eaters were very quickly weaned off algae and only ate granules meant for my discus. I once had occasion to take the algae eaters out of my tank for some time - boy was i wrong. Those fish do a day-on-day cleanup job that you never notice until they arent there. I would...
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    Is Brighty K a Bright Idea?

    To quote sks, 'From my point of view, if ADA aqua soil and ferts can get to me what I want quickly (and effortlessly) then I'll do it. I don't have that much time to experiment around.' and 'his attitude was "throw money at it" and that should fix it.' ...are perilously close to the same...
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    Is Brighty K a Bright Idea?

    ADA stuff seems very over priced to me - surely NPK is NPK whatever medium it is delivered in? I try and use powdered ferts from AE wherever i can - at 400 litres running my tank with ADA stuff would be out of my budget and im reasonably well off!
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    Jimbooo's 450L / 100G high tech journal

    I really would recommend Flourish Excel for this....i found that i had a green hair algae problem (despite have lazy SAEs!!) and bought a large 5 litre bottle of this stuff and dosed every water change. I now have no algae problems at all bar the normal presence of black spots on dead leave etc...
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    Why am I just a seedling?

    How does that saying go 'jack of all trades, master of none!' :D :D Seriously though - the actual seedlings i planted when joining this forum are now busting out of my tank! If they arent seedlings anymore....?
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    George farmer gives up the planted tank hobby!

    They do get an unfair press sometimes the old goldies The Oscar fish of the coldwater world.... This post was moderated by Dan Crawford for possibly offensive content.
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    RO water

    Free RO water - great!? Just take a few water carriers to work....
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    RO water

    hmmm...ok. Like i said depends on many factors - hardness of water going in, the temperature of that water, mains pressure etc etc. I would be surprised if an RO unit without a DI unit could produce that low a reading and as i remember my TDS/conductivity unit didnt go down to tenths of a...
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    RO water

    ..of the product water? Very low from memory - around 20-40 ms (cant do that funny u shaped symbol - microsiemens) on my RO unit. I have very hard input water though so this could be lower on other RO units, also polishing DI units would get this lower i imagine? When i reconstituted it with...
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    Why am I just a seedling?

    Hey! No fair.....! ;-)
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    Purigen

    Found the answer on Seachems website (eventually) to this in their secton on medications. Apparently you can use Purigen whilst medicating as Purigen absorbs organic material only.[/i]
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    Purigen

    I am also using this product now. Not sure if i can say it has made an overwhelming difference to water clarity. Very hard to judge as i have loaches in my tank which do stir up some detritus at times. and usually fairly clear water anyway. I need to dose Protozin in this tank now and i have...
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    Fire extinguisher CO2

    Care to expand a little on the last comment? How does one remove the 'internal' hose? I have not come across mention of this before in FEs? Does anyone else remove this item before connecting up the regulator?
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    Phosphate Removers

    It behoves me to say before answering Clives thread that i tend to want to see spawning behaviour from my discus, so an RO unit is a necessity for me (i feel) given my tapwaters resemblance to soluble chalk. Buffers and other chemical solutions to softer water just arent viable for me. Certainly...
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    Jimbooo's 450L / 100G high tech journal

    It works for some obviously. I put about ten in my discus tank once and that was the last i saw of them apart from the very occasional glimpse. They seemed extraordinarily shy creatures. Maybe i was just unlucky... I may try them again at some point. I wouldnt trust Angels as far as i could...
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    Phosphate Removers

    I keep discus in my tanks too - i dont think i need go into why i feel remineralised RO water is best for them. All sorts of reasons really, added to which my plants seem perfectly 'happy'. My Amazon is throwing off plantlets like nobodies business, so they must like the water too. In a plant...
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    Jimbooo's 450L / 100G high tech journal

    hmmm...angels and shrimp! Good luck seeing any of those shrimp :D Mind you i did have some in one of my tanks once - i placed some oscars in there after a couple of years, moved some decor around and there the shrimp were quite happily living in total seclusion under a piece of bogwood. I...
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    Phosphate Removers

    Totally agree - this is why i use an RO unit to provide mywater - i KNOW what is in my water now! Also another interesting test i did a while back concerns phosphates. I was testing for phosphates in one of my tanks and was getting some very high readings, even after using Rowaphos. Something...
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    automated fert dosing

    This is the mutts nuts and i had looked at it but it is just too expensive for me. I was hoping thhere would be something out there that dosed automatically for less than £300-400. There is the eheim liquidoser but it only does one type of dose liquid at a time and only in 8 1ml doses (not...
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    automated fert dosing

    Anyone got any experience of automated dosing pumps for ferts? I had a quick look on the net but most of the pumps i see seem to work off a rating of so many milligrams an hour or whatever. I just need to automate adding micro/macro nutrient solutions in 20mg burst once a day. They dont seem to...
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    all my aquascapes of the past 3 years plus a few fish pics

    Just trawling threads at work - ;-)) Have to agree with George here, its the harmony you have created there with the sand, fern and halequins that is so appealing and so simple. Good contrasts all over without going OTT. Like that tank a lot! Having said that all the others are nice too.....
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    George's 125 l. NA

    Nice Kit george - not bad for a freebie! :lol: I need to get a job at PFK! :wink: (at least i think this is what you said in pfk?) I looked at th JBL easy set but the cheaper D-D set came with a solenoid and reactor so i plumped for that. Definitely recommend RO water, been using with my...
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    FEs and regulators

    link to the pdf is in the previous post...
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    FEs and regulators

    I think we can infer from the dearth of replies that not many people on this forum use the d-d regs with FEs. I am reluctant to fork out and find it doesnt fit on! One other option is the beverage co2 cannisters mentioned in another post as these have upward facing threads at the top of the...
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    FEs and regulators

    Makes sense to me (obviously) - my opinion is still that these d-d regs wont fit on a standard co2 FE unless someone with one on an FE tells me differently. I dont want to buy an FE only to find the reg wont screw into it.... Instead I have bought some 600gm cannisters from machine mart....
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    quote from chuck gadds planted aquarium page....

    'Alternanthera rosaefolia NOTE: apparently this is not a true aquatic. It grows emersed just fine, but dies off quickly when submersed.' Errrr....is this true!? I certainly hope not?! Mine is growing slowly but is still growing?
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    Jimbooo's 450L / 100G high tech journal

    Looks good - thats pretty much exactly where my diffuser is with a spray bar on the side of the tank above it pointed slightly downward and at the side of the tank. Hopefully this creates a rotational current from bottom of tank to top. Like the Nympaea - hoping to grow my own out from...
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    Bargain CO2

    The site seems to say that the £20 is for 'deposit' amount. One presumes then that you dont 'own' the cylinder as such? Also they dont look brand new either? When you enquire about owning/delivery of the cylinders they only deliver in batches of cylinders?
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    Bargain CO2

    aaaahh...cheers unfortunate its refillls only by the looks of it (you cant buy the cylinders individually) but is much cheaper than anything i have seen so far. Ideal for you in cheshire....
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    Bargain CO2

    any link...
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    FEs and regulators

    To be honest i think the whole reg will catch on the shoulder of the cylinder. Its quite a long reg. The reg is detailed here: http://www.deltecaquariumsolutions.com/ ... ns_001.pdf Undernaeth valve E is where the unit screws onto the co2 cylinder - as you can see there is a lot of regulator...
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    FEs and regulators

    Take your standard 2Kg CO2 FE. Take your standard D-D regulator. Looking at the FEs at work, how on earth does the regulator body clear the 'shoulder' of the CO2 tank when screwing into the thread at the side of the handle? Obviously not a problem on the 600gm bottles as the regulator is top...
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    Nick's ADA 90 cm

    'Ray - I got the tank from Aqua Essentials, who deal with the company in Germany. I'm sure you could get the contact from Richard there-just drop him a line. It is the same company that make the tanks for ADA. ' OUCH! You went for the high clarity stuff then! That looks extremely expensive. Is...
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    Jimbooo's 450L / 100G high tech journal

    Any updates on this jimboo? I am keen to know as my tank is of a similar size and i also opted for eco-complete. I made the mistake of only ordering 4 bags though....i am a bit light on substrate but i will fill it out a bit as i go on. Like the sink/powerhead solution - i have a similar...
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    New Diffuser !!!!!

    I would have thought proper co2 tubing is well stiff enough? Its almost as stiff as mains pressure RO tubing - almost. Thats if you are using proper co2 tubing? I have read silicone tubing will perish and leak and is not be used fior co2....
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    New Diffuser !!!!!

    I use a Rhinox 2000 on my 400 litre and it seems to cope ok? Give the 5000 a go? I have to use a reasonably high bps count though (2bps+). I dont know if there is a correlation between using smaller diffusers and therefore having to use more CO2 than a couple of diffusers? Seems the co2 needed...
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    New starter (CO2 questions)

    anything that can be done about co2 dump then? I cant tell as i only have the one guage which only reads 1 bar (manufacturers recomended 'coarse valve' pressure) now so if it loses pressure then i am not sure ill be able to tell?
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    New starter (CO2 questions)

    Thing that concerns me is that the solenoid is actually part of the regulator itself (part of a co2 kit) and so is, by sheer dint of being very close, heating the regulator up. I am not sure that is the best thing to do with something that is keeping 100 odd psi of co2 under control? Oh and...
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    New starter (CO2 questions)

    Seems this was the exact problem. Received and installed my new D-D co2 pressurised system and diffuser tonight, within 2-3 hours the drop checker reagent was turning to greeny blue and then on to green. Also some of my plants had started pearling - which is good news! Was totally surprised by...
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    New starter (CO2 questions)

    Someone on another forum suggested that i couldnt possibly be outgassing all of my c2 as he used a massive sump system and believed he would outgas far more than i would ever with my piddly eheim - yet he still maintains acceptable levels of co2 in his tank! Though it has to be said he uses an...
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    New starter (CO2 questions)

    i have just edited my earlier post with some more detail. The three 55w lamps are giesemann floraplus lamps, one interpet 55w daylight plus and and interpet 55w triplus.
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    New starter (CO2 questions)

    ok firstly thanks for the replies - on the wet/dry - this is not a sealed unit as people may think - there is an air inlet hose that allows air into the chamber unit to be mixed with water in the media chamber. Therefore it is not sealed in the same way an ordinary cannister is. They are...
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    New starter (CO2 questions)

    I have recently planted out a 400 litre tank with some relatively undemanding plants - swords, hygrophila, vallis etc etc. I wanted to have this tank co2 injected and opted (somewhat inadvisably) for the carbo plus system. After much discussion on the american planted tank forum and research on...
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