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    Which substrate?... so indecisive...

    From my own experience I used ADA AS but like you I had an estabished tank full of fish. Therefore I bought a second hand tank for £15 to house the fish for two weeks while the ammonia level reduced to zero. I think it is worth the hassle as the long term results are the best I have had.
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    the effects of KH with ADA AS and nature soil

    I have rescaped with ADA Malaya AS six weeks ago. My reminaralised RO has a kh of 6 but the tank water is currently zero. I am not sure as to how long this will continue or the benefits but as a low kh requires very little in the way of additional CO2 I have had to turn the BPS of my CO2 down...
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    ADA aquasoil Malaya Q's

    I did not think there was any debate whether AS leaches NH3. TGM warned me on numerous occassions which was why I went to the lengths of setting up a temporary tank even though I had well matured filters etc. I must admit the levels were not as high as expected but I would not risk it.
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    JBL CO2/PH computer

    I appreciate that its not the ph that kills but the level of CO2 but although not directly linked there is a correlation between the two. The other point is that my ph does not drop below 6.33 with a kh of 2 so that my co2 levels could not get into the dangerous range.
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    JBL CO2/PH computer

    The PH drop will turn the gas off so I dont understand your point.
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    JBL CO2/PH computer

    I agree. As I have been saying all along I basically leave my bubble rate at the original level and therefore the integral solenoid rairly stops the flow but if I make any changes and I am going to be away for a few days I know that when I come back my fish will be safe. If I did not have the...
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    JBL CO2/PH computer

    I also use a timer as I would without the computer therefore the solenoid is closed 1 hour efore light out and opened 1 hour before lights on. As a cross check I also use a BC and remains lime green. Therefore the computer keeps the levels in the correct range without the worry that I could...
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    jbl ph controller

    Dispite what was said in the in the thread provided to you, I have subsequently found that it works very well for me and the results speak for them selves especially at TGM but everyone is entitled to their opinion. As to your problem if the calculated optimum PH is 6.97 by default it will not...
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    ADA aquasoil Malaya Q's

    I have just finished rescaping with 3 * 9L Malaya AS and 1 bag Power Sand Special. The filter was already matured from the original setup. I was of the opinion that NH3 would not be a problem but 1 week after filling the level was just inside being safe. The second week it reduced a bit more...
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    CO2 / Aquasoil

    Hi I have this weekend completed my rescape using Aqua Soil and Power Sand Special for the first time. After rescaping, replanting & refilling with remineralised filtered water. Before turning my CO2 back on, I reinstalled the drop checker. To my surprise the DC was lime green within an hour...
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    Second tank cycling

    I have done the later just some of the filter floss and I have already added some food as a source of ammonia. With what you have said I will move over a few fish today and keep an eye on it until tuesday where I will move over the rest. Thanks
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    Second tank cycling

    Hi I have a project to replace my substrate in my main tank with ADA aqua soil malaya and power sand special. As the aqua soil emits large amounts of ammonia in the first couple of weeks, I am setting up a spare 24*18*15 tank with a Fluval 2 plus internal filter, to accommadate my fish while...
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    Cost of Substrates: Flourite vs Eco-Complete vs Aquasoil

    I have just invested in 4 bags of AS Malaya and a bag of power sand special. It felt like a big kick in the wallet at the time but although I was originally considering Eco complete I was talked out of it on a long term / results basis. I feel even better knowing that the difference in the cost...
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    JBL CO2/PH computer

    Hi All The computer has now been installed for 2 and a half weeks. First observation / benefit is that prior to installing I was making daily tweeks to my needle valve to keep the CO2 injection in the 'sweet spot' without gasing the fish. Now I input the tank water dkh to the computer and it...
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    Re Scape

    Thanks for your input George. After considering the various options and after a trip to TGM today. I settled on a base of Power Sand Special and topped with Aqua Soil Malaya. I think that from what I see and hear I will regret the less hassle option and is worth spending the extra time doing a...
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    Re Scape

    After Christmas I am considering a complete strip down and new substrate / wood /rocks. My dilemmer is that most substrates appear to release ammonia in the first few months and therefore I have an issue with my fish stock. I have heard that eco-complete is the safest option but how safe? and...
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    Valve on JBL CO2 cylinder won't open

    When you open the main bottle valve in an anti clockwise direction the gauges should rotate to around 50psi and 1.5bar. If you are not getting a reading it suggests that either the bottle is empty or gas is not reaching the regulator. If you remove the regulator and very slowley open the bottle...
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    Digital Thermoelectric Temperature Controller Heat Cool

    They use these in reefing to control computer fans to get rid of excess heat in summer or from halide lights. I know plenty of people who use these for that purpose. They also overcome the potential disaster situation where the heater / thermostat bimetal strip get stuck and creates the tank to...
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    converter from extinguisher to disposable

    What is the bottle pressure of a disposable? I have not used disposables however I tried to use a solenoid with a single gauge regulator on a refillable. The sound of exploding CO2 piping nearly took my ears out :shock: I understand that the problem with low end regulators is they do not...
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    can you lie an extinguisher / co2 bottle flat

    On mine they are flush.
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    can you lie an extinguisher / co2 bottle flat

    If it is of any consequence I am now doing my water change and I have got close to the bottle and measured accuratly. It is 17.25" 44cm including the stand and cage on the top, which could possibly be removed to give an extra 1/4" less. Hope that helps.
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    can you lie an extinguisher / co2 bottle flat

    I have a 500g JBL it is 18" high including the stand.
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    JBL CO2/PH computer

    Thankyou for your input Dusko and your diplomatic way of putting things. Please dont think that I disagree with the advice provided. It is the way in which it is provided. Nowhere did I suggest that I had a problem, although I agree that nothing is perfect but I dont want to fix what isn't...
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    JBL CO2/PH computer

    What I was refering to was that you are all to quick to make recommendations without finding out the facts. I already have a solenoid valve and a timer and for that matter MH lighting that someone else suggested I should upgrade. I dont have any problems with my tank, algae or otherwise. I just...
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    JBL CO2/PH computer

    Actually thanks very much but you dont know what I already have etc. I am glad to say that reefers have more respect and take the time to find out. And what if TGM 'chime in' as you so nicely put it. Maybe in future I will not bother with this forum if that is the sort of response someone gets.
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    JBL CO2/PH computer

    Aleady sorted the lighting and filtration as I realise how important it is in my reef.
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    JBL CO2/PH computer

    Strangely enough that is where I saw it in use. I appreciate that you can get excellent results with the most basic of kit but where my time at home can be irratic I have found that automation with my reef was the way to go and I am expecting to mirror this with my planted tank. The chemistry...
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    JBL CO2/PH computer

    Looks like I am getting one of these for Christmas to add to my JBL CO2 system. Has anyone any experience with these? I am also a reefer and use a Calcium reactor with a PH controller. Therefore I have similar experience with marines but the CO2/PH computer looks to be much more comprehensive.
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