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  1. Twisted Melon

    Eternal summer

    Not the blue!
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    Feedback Fantastic service and quality

    Cant fault the customer service from Dave. Second to none. Plus what I’ve been sent is better than I could have hoped for. Thanks Dave.
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    Ideal Water Patameters - is there such a thing?

    Perfect. Thanks muchly.
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    Ideal Water Patameters - is there such a thing?

    Is there an ideal temp for plants?
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    Ideal Water Patameters - is there such a thing?

    Probably a silly question, but I’m presuming the water I put into the tank needs to be roughly the same temp as the tank water?
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    CO2 Kit Midlands

    I bought a dual system from co2art. I agree that their customer service is excellent! Karol helped me out. I told her the system I was desiging and she told me every piece I’d need. Also very prompt at replying to email.
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    Ideal Water Patameters - is there such a thing?

    My original idea was to use an RO and tap water mix so I could keep things like Cardinals, but following advice on here regarding captive bread fish not minding hard water etc. etc. I’m thinking I may just use tap water. (My tap water figure from the water company is around 11 KH.) With that...
  8. Twisted Melon

    ADA Light screen

    Make your own. Get a Philips Hue LED strip to fit your size of tank. Probs cost average £40. Put it behind some frosted backing sheet. You can change its colour to anything you like then. All through the app on your phone.
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    Leak ! (Solved)

    Love it!!
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    Egg Crate

    I was thinking maybe using plastic chopping boards? They are good safe so I presume they won’t leech anything into the water. And they should last longer without breaking up like styrofoam/polystyrene?
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    Egg Crate

    whats the general consensus on this? Is it necessary to protect the bottom of the tank from heavy rocks? Are they inert in a tank? If so, can you recommend a good cheap supplier?
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    Soil or Powder

    Perfect. Thanks!
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    Soil or Powder

    Hi, I see ADA and Tropica both come in soil and powder. I can see that the powder is slightly smaller grains. Is there any benefit to one over the other in real world use? What are most people using? Ta.
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    Plant advice

    How do I manage the EI dosing when I’m doing 50% water changes every day? Do I dose daily after the water change? Ta.
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    Plant advice

    Can anybody answer this one please? Ta
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    Return of the living roots.

    What is the plant in the second picture? Ta.
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    Plant advice

    Good point! I started with woody herbs which are pretty bullet proof.
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    Plant advice

    Hi, So I’m getting closer to delivery of my custom built tank. (137cmx46cmx46cm). I have my CO2 setup sorted, subrstrate, lights, ferts, hardscape on its way and a fair bit more knowledge than I used to have, thanks to the peeps on this forum. So now is the next challenge. I need to decide...
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    Spraybar location

    I think you’re correct that 1 would be the easiest. I was just wondering if there would be a benefit to flow with number 3?
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    Spraybar location

    I don’t have access to a stand drill sadly. I see Eheim do a black semi transparent modular one. That may look ok as I think I’m going to have my back panel black anyway.
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    Greeting from singapore

    Welcome!
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    Cutting a plug off a heater

    This looks pretty good. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Invero®-Europe-Converter-Socket-Adapter/dp/B01NH5MNDP
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    High CO2, low light

    Not sure what you mean there Edvet. Could you elaborate please?
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    Spraybar location

    Ah yes sorry. It’s 137cm long. I see JBL do a modular spraybar so was going to use that I think. Or is that a bad idea?
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    High CO2, low light

    Hmmmm. I have some lava rock knocking about somewhere..... Cheers
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    High CO2, low light

    Loving that moss. What do you have it attached to?
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    High CO2, low light

    The reason I asked this question is because my intention is to start with my light dimmed, but with the CO2 at 1 point drop, then slowly increase the light until I get good growth. Ta.
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    High CO2, low light

    Nice that mate. What’s the plant at the bottom in the center? Covering the substrate? Ta
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    Spraybar location

    My setup will have 2 filters, so 2 outputs connected to a spraybar each. Both outlets will have its own CO2 feed - as per ian_m’s diagram. I was thinking of one of the following setups for the spraybars. 1. Each spray bar half the length of the tank. Both at the same level on the back glass...
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    High CO2, low light

    Hi. I know that high light levels, with too little CO2 and poor distribution leads to algae and melting. On the other side of the coin, when you’re first setting your tank up, if you have your CO2 dialled in to a 1 point drop at lights on and good flow, but your lights are too dim or have...
  31. Twisted Melon

    AI Prime Vs Arcadia Classica OTL

    Also, I can see that AI have 2 lunchtime goosenecks. 18” and 12”. How do you know which you need? Thanks again.
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    AI Prime Vs Arcadia Classica OTL

    Oh, and is 1 Arcadia enough? Thanks
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    AI Prime Vs Arcadia Classica OTL

    Hello peeps. So I’ve been choosing lights for about a month now. Getting bored! Decided not to go for the Kessils and decided against a custom built light in the end. So...... Any opinions on these 2 lights for my setup. 3 x AI Prime FW Or 1 x Arcadia Classica OTL 1200mm. My tank is -...
  34. Twisted Melon

    Help. ive cracked the flippin tank !!

    New tank mate. That will go all at once at some point. You don’t want that much water on the floor. Trust me!
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    Critique my aquascape 3 months old aquascape

    I love it tadabis! I do agree to try to change the ratio slightly though so it’s not as symmetrical. What is the plant closest to the front at the bottom either side? Beautiful plant!
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    Collecting your own rocks - aquarium safe?

    Cheers all. Couldn’t have asked for better advice. Think I’ll make a trip to the local quarry soon and see what I can find.
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    ADA 60P Petite Amazon!

    Is your filter pre cycled?
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    Collecting your own rocks - aquarium safe?

    If you decde to collect your own rocks, how would you be able to determine if they are aquarium safe? I gather limestone is a no no. Is there anything else to look out for? I love the aquarium rocks for sale online, like dragon rock etc, but I’d prefer to be able to see them before buying...
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    Sterilising nets etc.

    Water over 92 degrees C will kill any and all.
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    New to active substrates

    So are Tropica and AS that tough then? I’d read that they were “silky smooth”?
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    New to active substrates

    Good points to consider Zozo. Ta.
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    Aquascaping Basics - Part Three

    Hair grass for my first scape the I think!! Thanks.
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    New to active substrates

    Thanks Tim!
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    Aquascaping Basics - Part Three

    I really didn’t know this. It kinda puts me off doing a carpet. Especially smas I’m getting going. What are the species George refers to that don’t require this? Ta.
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    New to active substrates

    So I’ve read loads about aquarium soil recently and I think I would like the boost it gives the plants from the get go. Also the colour is nice. Regarding ADA vs Tropica. Is there anybody here that has used both that can give me a real life experience review of the 2? My main concern is it...
  46. Twisted Melon

    CO2 - stable pH question

    Do you get lower watt heaters if you have 2?
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    CO2 - stable pH question

    Or, use a T piece to split the CO2 feed after the single needle valve?
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    CO2 - stable pH question

    Just looking at your diagram again. Can the CO2 not jus be fed into one filter to save the cost of another needle valve etc?
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    AI Prime Freshwater lights

    They do extend but they’re but the correct size one is something like cm too short. I do like the idea of the moonlight viewing. I used to do something similar with a table lamp 20 years ago. With some fabric on it.
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    CO2 - stable pH question

    I see you’ve got the diffusers on the outlets there. I see a lot of people also put them on the inlet so the filter acts as a reactor. I take it I can just do that mid to this setup also? Cheers
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    AI Prime Freshwater lights

    Yeah they’re nice lights. I’d have to work out a way to suspend them though.
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    CO2 - stable pH question

    Perfect Ian. I hadn’t considered running costs until now. And that looks pretty easy to maintain so ticks all the boxes. Ta.
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    CO2 - stable pH question

    Are those jbl filters easy to clean?
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    CO2 - stable pH question

    That’s a handy little diagram there Ian. Thanks very much.
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    Watts per gallon

    Wow 4 of those twinstar would be expensive! Arcadia Classica are cheap. Not sure how good they are like. I could get 4 of those for the price of one Kessil or AI.
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    Watts per gallon

    Cheers mow. I’ll have a butchers now.
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    Watts per gallon

    I’d like a pendant but I’ve no way of hanging it, and none of the universal brackets I can find are long enough. Well I did find one, but it’s not something I’d be happy to have in my lounge. I’m not really a DIY’er so making one isn’t really my thing either. Wish I’d stuck to a standard...
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    AI Prime Freshwater lights

    I’d be happy to suspend lights, but I can’t hang from the ceiling. The A80 do look promising! I possibly may get 2 x A160 and get an A80 to go in the middle to cover the extra 6 inches. Save a few quid then. Thanks muchly.
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    Watts per gallon

    Sounds like a plan mow! There are sooo many variables that I thought I’d just start off really slow, with low intensity and see where I end up. Hopefully not the Algae Forum. ;) I think I’ve decided on getting 2 Kessil A160 or 2 AI Primes. My first scape is going to be setup so that most of...
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    Watts per gallon

    Is that just the 1 a160 you’re running on that rank? Cheers
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    AI Prime Freshwater lights

    Are they a bit flakey then?
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    AI Prime Freshwater lights

    I did look at twinstar, but they don’t fit my tank which is 54” long.
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    Watts per gallon

    I don’t really have a favourite at the moment between led and tubes. I’d happily get either. I do like the controllability of leds. Especially being able to dim them. Finding the PAR values for leds is proving a bit of a pain though to be honest. I’m considering either Kessil a160we tuna...
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    Watts per gallon

    Cheers ceg. So if I’m reading that correctly, 1 x T5HO needs to be just over 25 inches from the substrate to be in the blue zone? My tank is only 16” deep. I’m struggling how to work out what I’d need to get going by that graph. Could you give me s pointer please? Thanks again.
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    New Fluval LED 3.0 plant lights

    Can’t see them for sale anywhere in the uk though!!
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    New Fluval LED 3.0 plant lights

    I’ve just come across this: Looks promising as the rubbish WiFi controller has been replaced.
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    AI Prime Freshwater lights

    I can’t suspend lights unfortunately. I’m considering getting Fluval 2.0 lights instead at the moment. Probs need 2 of them. Too many descisions! :crazy:
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    CO2 - stable pH question

    So let me see if I understand this setup. My filter - the one used as a filter - has the inline atomiser on its output line, then this line after the atomiser, feeds into the input of the filter being used as reactor? Cheers
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    Wood that doesn't release tannins?

    Nice that. Where did you get it from?
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    Watts per gallon

    I thought learning about CO2, flow and ferts was complicated! :banghead: Without a par meter, how do I work out the light intensity at substrate level? Seems I should be aiming for 50 micromols? Is it trail and error trying to get that?
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    AI Prime Freshwater lights

    Thanks both. The price on the qube is tempting. I’m thinking I’m going to need 3 lights either way.
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    Accurate testing kits recommendation.

    Spot on. Thanks peeps!!
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    CO2 - stable pH question

    Another question. When you devote a filter to act as a reactor, is there anything you need to do to the filter? Like add media to slow the flow a bit? Cheers
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    CO2 - stable pH question

    Cheers Zeus. My tank is 285 litres so quite a bit smaller than yours. I was planning on a spray bar. Any suggestions on a filter I can get x 2 of that will do the jobs I need?
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    CO2 - stable pH question

    Thanks for a great response Zeus. Do you think it would work to have a fx4 instead of a fx6 running through a spray bar, then use a APS EF 2 as a reactor on a separate line on another spray bar. That would give me well over 3000lph at a reduced cost. Would I need the CO2 coming out of both...
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    CO2 - stable pH question

    Just seen a flow diagram of your setup on anther post Zeus. Can I ask why you linked the 2 systems together instead of just running the APS on its own as a reactor? What is the benefit of the Fluval and the APS being linked together by your bypass? Cheers
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    CO2 - stable pH question

    Cheers Ian. Zeus. I read your entire journal last night and couldn’t see where you said about changing to 16mm without loosing flow on the fx6. I’d been on the forum all night though so there’s a good chance my brain had melted. Could you point me in the right direction please? What page...
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    Accurate testing kits recommendation.

    Thanks Ian. I’ve just been reading up on my water supply and got hold of the averages on the water hardness through the year. It varies from 6 to 12. That’s seems like a big swing to me. Is that normal? Is that too big a swing to go solely by TDS? I understand now that I only need to be in...
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    CO2 - stable pH question

    Yeah that sounds like more trouble than it’s worth!! So back to trying to work out what filter to get. Any suggestions for a filter that outputs around 3000lph that has standard size hoses? Cheers.
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    Water company results

    Thanks tam!
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    Accurate testing kits recommendation.

    I would like snails and shrimp. What dKH would you recommend I aim for to keep Cardinals and shrimp/snails all happy?
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    Water company results

    What would a high nitrate be tam? Mine says 5.42. Cheers
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    Accurate testing kits recommendation.

    Ha. You posted that as I was writing my question. I think I get it now! Finally. The red wine isn’t helping like! I’m thinking I’m going to be using a lot more RO that I previously thought! I take it TDS meters are pretty accurate then? Unlike pH pens?
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    Accurate testing kits recommendation.

    Badly asked question on my part there. What I was trying to get at is how I choose a value for microS. Darrell says 100 microS, but that it’s not a magic number. Is it that 100 microS (60ppm) is a known safe value for TDS? As in enough to provide some hardness and buffer?
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    Accurate testing kits recommendation.

    That’s a good point. Thanks. It would be easy to do 50/50 to get 6 dKH for my water (being 12 out the tap) then check the microS so I can match it each week. Or should I be aiming for 4dKH? I’d like to keep cardinals and other fish from South American region.
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    Accurate testing kits recommendation.

    Thanks as always Darrell
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    Accurate testing kits recommendation.

    Coor blimey! That took a while for me to get my head around I think. (I’m getting old). So if I understand this correctly, I use my quoted figures from the water company and I make a known ratio mix with RO and tap water to give me a microS figure, I then know what my macroS is for that given...
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    AI Prime Freshwater lights

    Tank dimensions are: 137cm x 46cm x 46cm I’ve read that these are pretty bright lights but there isn’t my info on setting them up from the manufacture which doesn’t help.
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    Anybody used this company before?

    Couldn’t have asked for better answers! Thanks both.
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    Watts per gallon

    Sorry I should have said about setup. I’m going for a high tech tank with led lights. I only mentioned wpg because the manufactures seem to always list it, and I’ve only seen a few list the par values, but as I don’t have a meter to test it in my actual setup, it’s not that helpful...
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    Accurate testing kits recommendation.

    Cheers Darrell. Excuse my lack of knowledge, TDS is new to me. So if I aim for 100microS is that just giving me the correct TDS so I know what my ratio for RO/tap water is? Can I extrapolate my KH/GH from it? By that I mean is there a direct correlation of 100microS to KH/GH? When you say...
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    Accurate testing kits recommendation.

    Article not arctic!
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    Accurate testing kits recommendation.

    :banghead: Now you’ve really lost me?? I know what it stands for, but that’s about it. Is there an Arctic or of post on here that explains it? Cheers
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    CO2 - stable pH question

    My tank will be 284 litres. Will a Fluval fx6 be able to create enough flow with a spray bar? It’s rated at 3500 lph, which obviously is more than the 10x suggested here, but I know you have to allow for restrictions of your decor an the plants themselves.
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    CO2 - stable pH question

    Pretty much the fish I’m going for Ian. Do you keep your water on the soft side?
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    Watts per gallon

    How do you work out the watts per gallon for a set of lights? I searched the forum but can’t find any info. Thanks
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    Anybody used this company before?

    https://www.co2supermarket.co.uk/ Was wondering if their kits are good and worth the money? Can anybody explain to me the difference between the single and dual stage systems? Something to do with CO2 dumping? Are pH controllers worth the money? Or do they have the same problems with accuracy...
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    AI Prime Freshwater lights

    Good points. I don’t want to limit the scapes I can create, but 3 of these lights ‘ain’t cheap! Has anybody got experience with the Fluval 2.0 lights?
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    CO2 - stable pH question

    That’s a lot of water movement Ian. How are your fish doing?? What fish do you have out of interest?
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    Accurate testing kits recommendation.

    Hi. Cheers for the info everyone. Ian, my water isn’t soft, it’s hard. KH is 11.76. Finally found it on the water company site. And thanks for the rough ratio mix for hard water and RO. That was going to be my next question. That’s some Jedi mind tricks there! :thumbup: Darrell, cheers for...
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