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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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    Algae Strategy!

    I've made a start measuring PH but have another question... My KH is off the scale based on a dip test (actually, two dip tests from different brands). Does this mean my PH will be less reactive to CO2? (Something I thought I read somewhere).
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    How Long Does a 2kg CO2 Supply Last (Roughly)

    Thank you, both.
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    Filter cleaning, how often

    After trying a number of internal and external filters over the years, I keep coming back to Juwel internal filters. Good capacity, well made, easy access and with a fine filter at the top of the media stack there's very little that causes the media below to clog. None of those useless suction...
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    How Long Does a 2kg CO2 Supply Last (Roughly)

    I realise this is like asking how long is a piece of string; however, I'd like to get some idea of how long my 2kg fire extinguisher will last - just so I can get a replacement in good time. Foolishly I neglected to follow some good advice to weigh the extinguisher when it was full and work out...
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    Algae Strategy!

    I've bought a cheap but well reviewed one off Amazon. Thanks.
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    Algae Strategy!

    I just looked at the price of the buffer and storage solutions :what:... I have a drop-checker but I like the idea behind this one. Maybe a better use of my investment, albeit not supporting the PH profiling for which I think I may just buy a liquid test kit.
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    Algae Strategy!

    Interestingly the digital pen meters seem almost as faffy as liquid tests - what with calibrating, cleaning with distilled water, and storing with "storage solution". The upside is obviously having a specific value vs trying to match colours etc, however, not the simplicity I was hoping for...
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    Algae Strategy!

    I did come across Hanna but not the more affordable ones you linked to. Quite happy at that price! Out of interest... I've seen images of aquarium water being tested by removing some of the water into a container. Is there a reason the probe is not simply put straight into the aquarium?
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    Algae Strategy!

    I was going to invest in a PH pen but Practical Fishkeeping's recommendation does not appear to be available anywhere! Not sure whether to trust the reviews on Amazon - how can people really tell whether the device is accurate? Surprised Aqua Essentials are not selling a device too. Hmmm...
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    Algae Strategy!

    Thanks for the explanation. My CO2 runs 24hrs per day. On a previous setup I used a solenoid but it was less successful than tanks I ran about 15 years ago which were on for 24hrs (hence why I reverted). In practise I guess that means my setup should peak just before the lights come and be...
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    Algae Strategy!

    That's quite a lot compared to mine, and on a smaller tank too. Do you run if 24hrs or only when lights are on? I'm not sure about the PH. I have some dip tests which probably are not a good enough measure but may give me something to go on. By PH drop I am assuming the difference between the PH...
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    Algae Strategy!

    Thank you. It's my intention to dose after except, with 3x per week dosing and 2x per week water change you end up doing a water change the day after a dose. Hence why I'm thinking I'll dose 2x per week (after the water change).
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    Algae Strategy!

    If I'm reading the correct article then it suggests I should dose 5ml per day? TNC seem to endorse increasing dosage to 5ml 3 times per week to achieve levels similar to EI. Given my current plant mass I think I should err on the side of 3x per week? Becomes hard to dose without then doing a...
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    Algae Strategy!

    Thank you both. I've ordered some more plants. The centre was a lot denser but the plant ended up in a poor state during my holiday and was also thick with aerial roots, making things look quite ugly. The remaining stem plants were heavily pruned. I'll increase the TNC Complete dosage too...
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    Algae Strategy!

    Oh, I see. I've just added one to the album.
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    Algae Strategy!

    I'm not using EI - just 50ml per week of TMC liquid. I've popped some photos in a Google Album. Thank you.
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    Algae Strategy!

    I'm trying to arrest the spread of algae in my four month old tank. I went through the diatoms back when the tank was first set up and things were looking mostly good before I took a three week holiday in August; during which there were no weekly water changes, fert dosing, etc. When I returned...
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    Regulator Recommendations?

    I have now placed my order but did consider Co2Art. Unfortunately they do not sell any regs without solenoids.
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    Regulator Recommendations?

    Great idea. Thanks.
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    Regulator Recommendations?

    Or drill one :)..... FWIW - Found out what the problem was with CO2 Supermarket. In short, they only take a certain number of orders each day to ensure they meet their service level for despatch. In reality it seems you have to place your order the day before (i.e not by "3pm") to get "same...
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    Regulator Recommendations?

    Frustrating... CO2 Supermarket checkout is not working and no telephone contact on their website :mad:
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    Regulator Recommendations?

    Good idea re the tie. I'll do something similar. Thanks.
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    Regulator Recommendations?

    Thank you! Reassuring to see a complete set up.
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    Regulator Recommendations?

    Right! Ordered all the kit...
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    Regulator Recommendations?

    Scratch that! I can't read!!! Height was 480, which should fit.
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    Regulator Recommendations?

    I'm now considering using a fire extinguisher rather than welding gas. It saves me £20 on an adapter to convert the thread sizes in addition to the other benefits/savings. However... The shortest one I can find is 580mm tall which may prove just a little bit too tall. I'd be happier if I could...
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    Regulator Recommendations?

    I had thought about simply buying one with a solenoid fitted; however, from memory, it has to be powered up to keep the gas flowing? If I could simply leave it unplugged then I may consider it. I had solenoids in the past but found them to often be a weak link and debatable benefit vs. my...
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    Regulator Recommendations?

    Hmmm... I'm finding it quite challenging to find a reg without solenoid suitable for vertical connection. The CO2 Supermarket one is horizontal connection and requires a right-angle adapter. It's a solution of sorts but I'd prefer the reg to be above the cylinder.
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    Regulator Recommendations?

    The CO2 Supermarket regs all seem to have the output pressure fixed at 3 bar. This does not strike me as a problem, simply not what I'm used to and so I'm wondering whether there are any down sides to this? My overwhelming sense is that it is one less thing to go wrong!
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    Regulator Recommendations?

    Good to know I'm just not finding the "No.1 best seller"! I'm not planning to use a solenoid, simply running the CO2 on a the low-side 24hrs. So many have solenoids built in. I think I'll just choose one and go for it. Has anyone used CO2 Supermarket? I've also got my eye on this one too. I...
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    Regulator Recommendations?

    There does not seem to be a "go to" regulator... The one that everyone swears by. Are they all much of a muchness? Even the retailers don't seem to explain why one may spend an extra £x on one regulator vs another in their range. Confused...
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    Reactor or Bazooka or?

    Ah, OK. No problem. Thanks for clarifying.
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    Reactor or Bazooka or?

    Thanks & noted. These are the times when online outlets need to do more to show how each device works. I thought the Bazookas attached only to the co2? Sent from my ONEPLUS A3003 using Tapatalk
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    Reactor or Bazooka or?

    How to diffuse CO2? 55ltr tank with Juwel internal filter: 50mm Bazooka? In the past I directed output from a Juwel internal into what was a cylindrical stepped type reactor(?). It created an opposing flow to the CO2 rising up the steps, just enough to keep the bubbles in suspension. Seemed to...
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    Back again... Another new start...

    OK, thanks. It's a 55 litre tank so I'm proposing 600g welding gas from Machine Mart (£14). I'm anticipating getting a few months off each cylinder so not such an overhead to keep an eye on them and get to a point when I can predict when they're likely to run out.
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    Back again... Another new start...

    Thanks for such a comprehensive reply. Much appreciated! I see some valves are double stage, primarily (it seems) to ensure pressures are maintained right to the end of the gas supply. Does anyone use one of these vs single stage? Worth the extra?
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    Back again... Another new start...

    Hmmm... Getting sucked in... Considering CO2 now, for a couple of reasons.... Firstly, it's just occurred to me that daily dosing of liquid carbon will be a pain, especially when on holiday! Secondly, the basis of liquid carbon is rumoured to be a particularly nasty chemical. So... To help...
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    Filter Media... Nitrate Remover and Carbon Foams

    I wish I was better at understanding these things. Thank you for saving me the wasted expense of buying alternatives!
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    Filter Media... Nitrate Remover and Carbon Foams

    Probably a stupid question but just checking current thinking... TNC Liquid Carbon and combined ferts dosed tank... No gas CO2. I propose to REMOVE and replace both the carbon and nitrate remover sponges from my new filter and replace with basic sponges. This is what I've done in the past...
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    Critique my hardscape Wood Auditions...

    Thanks, all. My preference was the dark one but I get the various arguments for each.
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    Back again... Another new start...

    Thank you. I'm topping off with gravel. I noticed Tropica have changed the names slightly too on their site - not helpful!
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    Back again... Another new start...

    TNC Carbon - check. Tropica Growth Substrate - check. Thank you!
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    Critique my hardscape Wood Auditions...

    I know which one I prefer, just wondering which you'd choose: Shared Album A Gnarly root (the dark one) B Slender stick (the light one)
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    Back again... Another new start...

    Perfect! Now I just need to think about which substrate to go under the gravel and which liquid carbon to use.
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    Back again... Another new start...

    That's a very long article and my laziness will probably mean I end up eating my words but it seems the argument is save money? I'm erring on the side spending the money for the convenience.
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    Back again... Another new start...

    Longish Winded Background Story... Hi all. Not been around for some time, having downgraded to a small basic tank while I got on with renovating my home. I've still got a couple of rooms to do and some other projects but having tired of looking at the sorry excuse of my current aquarium I...
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    It's been a while... back with a view to setting up a low-te

    Thank you. Kribs and Keyholes seem to be getting on just fine. Very occasionally there's a little sparring but most of the time they're happy in each other's company.
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    It's been a while... back with a view to setting up a low-te

    It's been trimmed a couple of times. Some initial hair algae has disappeared. As have the diatoms and algae growing on the glass seems non existent these days. Water changed once, I think, not sure now. OK, so it's a bit random but it's growing and I like it. Might add a feature plant on the...
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    what car are we driving?

    All the "car free" people I've ever met are usually on to me to be a taxi service and/or collecting or delivering stuff for them. I recall one occasion when it was pouring with rain and I was asked to give a "car free" person to give them a lift to work. Got to the top of the road and it was...
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    Am i paranoid?

    grabber? Never crossed my mind. I always thought you may be a bit paranoid though :D
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    what car are we driving?

    Erm... Trusty old BMW 3 series and a Renault Clio (Sport, I think). Shopped for a replacement for the BMW earlier this year but didn't like any of the new cars at the time. The Mazda 6 came near (and my wife quite liked the Ford SMax - but I wasn't going there). Decided to stick with the BMW -...
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    Comp_Nov09: Riven

    Curious to know how the moss does - I have a rather large roof and it's loaded with the stuff.
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    Can anyone identify this plant?

    I spent ages thinking it was Didplis but what I was recently sold as Didplis has much shorter/smaller leaves. Obviously my current "Didplis" could be incorrectly named. EDIT... This is what my Didplis looks like: http://www.plantgeek.net/plantguide_viewer.php?id=83
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    Can anyone identify this plant?

    It's a plant I had several years ago. Trawling back through my information from that time I thought it might be Ludwigia arcuata; however, looking at other pics I'm no longer convinced - the leaves look much narrower on mine.
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    Pond Soil!?!?!?

    My tank is 185ltr.
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    Pond Soil!?!?!?

    I'm experimenting by dosing Tropica Plant Nutrition (the non + version).
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    Pond Soil!?!?!?

    I've used Blagdons for my low-tech. Been up and running a few weeks now and all seems OK.
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    Anyone around here like to use an air powered vac?

    LOL - it's not that good. It works but it ain't pretty and parts of it will probably be improved upon as inspiration strikes. The pics are largely self explanatory, although I've added some footnotes/specs after the photos: Plastic tubes are: Internal = 20mm with 2mm wall thickness. Outer =...
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    Anyone around here like to use an air powered vac?

    I know most people clear the muck off the gravel when water-changing but I find it all a bit hit or miss - I'm either syphoning away the gravel, or the live leaves, or playing dodge the curious fish. The point being that I do use an air powered vac and, because my tank is deeper than average...
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    Don't forget to adjust your timers... EOM

    I like to contribute something to the forum :D
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    Don't forget to adjust your timers... EOM

    Don't forget to adjust your timers... EOM
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    LED LIGHTING

    My memory may be letting me down here but GU10 suggests mains voltage which, if I'm correct, is undesirable near water. If you can set them up in a safe way or use low-voltage equivalents then I'm slowly getting the impression the LED lights are on the cusp of some feedback around and about...
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    Measuring CO2 in low-tech?

    This thread has got me thinking... One thing that irks me is being sold a CO2 testing kit that will not accurately measure CO2 without an additional purchase. It's not even clear that an additional purchase of 4dk solution is prudent when the instructions clearly state that tank water should be...
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    Two new tubes...

    Thanks, Guys. In the past I have replaced bulbs due to age and it's what I was about to do now. However, in the past I've not noticed any discernable difference in growth etc which I why I began to think more about it.
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    Two new tubes...

    Seriously - no opinions, proven facts, etc? Is it the case that nobody knows, or is there such a degree of uncertainty that nobody is prepared to stick their neck out? It's fairly obvious that I'm unsure about the true effect on plant growth, hence the post. Maybe it's just a boring subject -...
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    Two new tubes...

    Are people still fully signed up to the concept of changing tubes every year (or whatever)? I'm familiar with the theory of the light output dropping over time and note some mention of the spectrum changing. I also realise that the drop in output may not be discernible because it's not...
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    tpn+

    I too was advised that TPN+ would be fine for my low-tech, although I had not included details of my stocking levels. I find myself wondering whether there would be any noticable negative effects of dosing TPN+ versus TPN (i.e. a belt and braces approach to dosing where it is fine even if it's...
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    Two new tubes...

    Cheers, George. That's exactly the sort of information I was after. I suspect the Triplus and PowerGlo may be too harsh, which is a shame because I can get the Grolux from Lampspecs all for one P&P. Pondering...
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    Two new tubes...

    Hmmm... having established that Lampspecs to not stock much in the way of 25w T8's I'm back trying to establish what bulbs look like so I can place an order online. From James' thread I like: - the the Phillips Pro 965 + Grolux - and also the Osram 880 Skywhite + Grolux combos. I'm hoping...
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    tpn+

    Hi Chilled. You said planted 50% but you've not expressed your fish stocks as a percentage of the recommended stocking level for your tank. Rather than post a list of fish and your tank size, why not look up the max length that they will grow to and also the current length and then total both...
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    Water Changes. How do you do it?

    I keep contemplating making a "Y" junction on the suction side of my external, with the extra outlet going in to an Eheim tap kit so I can connect a hose and run it to waste. Just need to get round to doing something about it. Fortunately I'm low-tech so water changes are really a frequent...
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    Cheap HO T5 fluorescent tubes - Update with photos

    :( 25watt T8 range is very limited... Look.
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    Measuring CO2 in low-tech?

    Lucky I'm not the sensitive sort... It was an opinion - perhaps I should have been more literal. The point I was making around questioning the validity of using a drop-checker for a low-tech versus a high-tech was perhaps too subtle. Assume for one moment that you can measure the concentration...
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    Measuring CO2 in low-tech?

    I had a CO2 kit from when I did high-tech etc so thought I would just see what is told me. I realise measuring CO2 in a high-tech is more about avoiding overdose but was just curious to see what was happening. I have got some plants that are not doing as well as others but it's still early days...
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    Which laptop to go for?

    We've been using IBM Thinkpad's at work for years (now Leonovo). They seem quite bomb proof.
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    Measuring CO2 in low-tech?

    Is this the "solution" that some buy to fill their drop-checkers? Mine is filled with tank water - as per the instructions. Perhaps that's my problem - following the instructions :)
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    Two new tubes...

    I'm gonna replace the two tubes on my tank with a daylight and something suited to plants - in particular reaching the depths of my rather deep tank. What are people liking these days in the way of brands and tubes? Cheers
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    Measuring CO2 in low-tech?

    Hmmm... I got a reading. The drop-checker is green...
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    Measuring CO2 in low-tech?

    As suspected... Thank you.
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    Measuring CO2 in low-tech?

    Anyone here measure their CO2 in low-tech non CO2 fertilised tank? If so, do you use a normal kit or some other method? Is it even measurable?
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    Aqua Essentials

    LOL - Aqua Essentials was the true founder of this forum in many ways. AE ran a forum before UKAPS existed and most of the members migrated.
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    Hiding equipment-any ideas?

    Eheim thermo filter to get rid of the heater from the tank. And one of these (also Eheim):
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    Photography website

    LOL. Good for you - if you pleased everyone then you'd be mediocre which is worse IMO.
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    Getting stems to grow straight up

    I have some Didplis Diandra that does the same. Not worked out why yet - possibly because they're only been planted a couple of weeks in a low-light tank. All the other stems have sorted themselves out though.
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    My First HDR

    Have you thought about cropping some of the black away?
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