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    Rivers Edge

    I have to say I absolutely can't fault it. It's not missed a feeding, hasn't disconnected from the network or anything. It answers immediately to alexa commands too. I need to do an update to this thread. Tanks looking good.
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    Fluval Plant 3.0 Hanging Height

    i lowered mine down until there was no light spill on the wall. if you can get it down that far then light hitting the internal glass will mostly reflect back into the tank. At this point you are wasting about 25% of your light onto the wall and into the room.
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    Does 20mg/l test dropper liquid test for 20ppm?

    RO/Pure water weighs 1000g/l so 1mg/l is a thousandth of a thousandth, so 1 millionth. 20mg/l therefore will be 20 parts per million.
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    Journey to the microcosm - the secret things living in your aquarium

    Darrel, did you ever find the freshwater video?
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    Journey to the microcosm - the secret things living in your aquarium

    Will definately be doing more of this. I've been seeding the substrate with tubifex worms already since starting this new system. I've always really loved the amount of micro fauna in marine tanks that come in with the live rock and would love to see more in my freshwater systems. Do you...
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    Journey to the microcosm - the secret things living in your aquarium

    N Next daft question then... What's your recommendations on methods of collection?
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    Journey to the microcosm - the secret things living in your aquarium

    How did you go about adding the populations? Were they just bought online?
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    Everything DIY build

    Following this with interest. I'm in a similar situation as you, back into the hobby, after being on here last in 2011. This time round having the finances to do things properly. Looking forward to seeing how much you can keep out of the display, I'm also not keen to have equipment on show, in...
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    Rivers Edge

    So that's me away to the Rig for my first 3 week trip since setting the system up. Things seem pretty settled and stable so far. I've got a CCTV camera pointing at the tank and can monitor a few things, but planning some extra things over the next little while for further piece of mind. I...
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    Rivers Edge

    It was a half dozen little pygmy corys!
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    Rivers Edge

    Decided as the auto feeder feeds a little too much I need a few more fish in the tank. Flirtation, or parameters and hiding spotsare not a problem so why not. Any guesses what's acclimating?
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    Back into planted tanks

    Beautiful
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    Rivers Edge

    So today was a little cabinet tidy, sort plugs, label things up and added an old Samsung tablet so I can control the lights, filter and water changer.
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    Your substrate opinions?

    I'd suggest tropica soil or powder, either on its own or capped with an inert substrate. I went with florite black sand over tropica powder.
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    Where do you keep yours?

    Hobby room for mine. Have had to automate the tank as I work away and the house is empty when I'm not here, so needed the space above for doser and under for auto water changes. Excuse the mess, I've only lived in the place 3 wks so far.
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    Rivers Edge

    New plants in today, decided to raise the Fluval light to ensure all the plants at the back of the shallow section were covered. Easier for trimming too.
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    Rivers Edge

    Little update. Eheim 5e 600t filter arrived and all setup. Decent bit of kit but I've given up with the network side of it for the night. Also my plant order from Aqua essentials came, but that's waiting till the morning now. Can't wait.
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    Rivers Edge

    I don't think it's more than a couple of hours a week
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    Inline External Heater

    I've run a hydro et200 on my small tank for about 8 years and love it. Wouldn't want to go back to internal again. For my new larger system I'm waiting on delivery of an Ehiem 5e 600t thermo filter so I can combine the whole thing.
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    Rivers Edge

    D-D made these in conjunction with Kamoer who make medical grade stuff, also they made my 3 channel unit which is still going now after 10 years. As you say normally they are used to only do a few dozen ml per day in the hobby, but they are estimated at least 2000 hours for the pump motor and...
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    Rivers Edge

    Yea it's a height setting overflow with a shrimp safe mesh cover. Also allows for floating plant/leaves clogging etc. With the dosing pump I'm dripping directly to a high flow area, so I'm fairly confident the water is mixing fully. Mathematically it's definitely removing some of the new...
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    Rivers Edge

    And some plants arrived today with the main delivery due tomorrow.
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    Rivers Edge

    Automating done today with D-D P1 setup for auto adding fresh water. Water overflows to drum (rented property so cannot feed to drain) Dosing of Easy carbo and TNC (diluted 10:1 for easier dosing). And auto feeder
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    Rivers Edge

    Bit of progress last night and got £120 plant order from Aqua essentials plus my new filter coming from charterhouse as we speak
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    Water Flow Sensor ?

    As nick says I'd use smart outlets and monitor the current. If the wattage dropps below a certain amount for a certain length of time have an alert setup.
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    Rivers Edge

    As I'm going to spend my next 3 wks getting things ready slowly, then fill it in 6 weeks when I'm home from my next trip I decided to take some of the grass from my existing little tank and use the DSM to propagate more. Using the fluval light on my desk to grow them
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    Rivers Edge

    So woke up at midnight and decided to get a few parcels unpacked etc Just waiting on the tank and filter now
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    Rivers Edge

    Yea on a rig. I've just swapped rigs and taken a demotion as covid parked 75% of our fleet (drilling) but it's looking promising to get my own role back at the end of the year. The whole industry isn't what it was though.
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    Rivers Edge

    most of the kit has now arrived. I get home from offshore tomorrow and am going to shop for rock and more wood Friday. It's getting exciting!
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    Alternative lighting regime

    In marine tanks I always ran light over the sump to grow algae on the opposite cycle to the tank as the oxygenation etc then balances the PH. Also you don't want your sump competing with your display for CO2
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    Would this tank design work?

    would be interesting to see. Were you meaning a Sand/gravel completely built up glass to glass and breaking the surface?
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    Purigen

    I'll be honest, i used the Tesco 19p thin bleach with prime for about 6 years on my marine tank and it would always go back to white after 12/24 hours. I'd just rinse and soak in a strong prime solution after then back in the sump.
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    Why we clean media?

    I do believe that alot of keepers long term success, especially fighting algae, comes down to lack of attention to cleaning filters. Things aren't looking good, ammonia readings are still good so it can't be the filter, so we struggle to figure out what it is. We don't realise that a poorly...
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    Raising Amano Larvae

    Really hope you the best of success with this and want to follow. Considered doing this myself a good few years back.
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    Raising Amano Larvae

    Not a swing arm type though, they are impossible to clean properly so end up getting dirty and not working properly. The glass floating ones are easy to clean and results are infinitely repeatable.
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    Raising Amano Larvae

    a £10 glass hydrometer will massively outperform a Refractometer.
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    Please help identifying the problem with my plants

    Glad you got to the bottom of it. My first thought was K deficiency but I'm just trying to get my head back into the planted world. This used to be my quick reference guide; http://www.theplantedtank.co.uk/deficiencies.htm Well, that and the Duckweed index!
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    My news :) :) :)

    Absolutely. He's been teaching me coding already, and I'm an automation engineer these days lol
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    My news :) :) :)

    He's helping me design the auto water change unit. Different world with these kids!
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    Eheim Ecco pro 130 (2032)

    ha ha ha Just found this thread again. Just to report, the filter hasn't missed a beat in over 10 years and hasn't needed any parts. Still silent and plenty flow!
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    My news :) :) :)

    Just starting coming back on here this week preping a dive back into the planted world and found this thread. Can you believe this little sod is 8 now!!!
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    Cutting Stone (Dragon Stone Maybe?)

    I'm looking to make a Cliff face to separate a tank into higher and lower areas, right from the front to back. To do this I was going to use some Acrylic behind a stone cliff face, but to try and get the stone glass to glass, and to try and get the right height i want i will need to cut some...
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    Bluey greeny yellow...ish

    I'll be honest, I can see quite a difference between the two.
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    Purigen

    I used to use it in all my tanks. Awesome product. I'm thinking about embracing the tannins in my next one
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    On edge of giving up Betta problem now

    I'd second indian Almod leaves for their anti bacterial and anti fungal properties. They also help to soften the water with humic acids (tannins). Your water sounds like it's probably pretty hard water (normally high nitrate from the tap goes along with hard water from what I've seen so making...
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    Rivers Edge

    Such a sook!!! Glad you have joined xxxxx
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    HEATED FILTRATION (non Oase?)

    Yea I'm uk too. Only found 2 places selling it, and the only videos are Dutch, German and Spanish.
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    Recommendations for Plants Mail Order

    distracted by what? did you study 2 master degrees? Glad you are still about. I just started back on here this week for the first time since 2011 too!!!
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    Rivers Edge

    Current system with Ehiem Eco and hydor external filter.
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    Rivers Edge

    So after about 9 years after i shut down the tank from my last journal - Forrest Bridge - I have finally decided to get back into my planted tanks properly. I've never not had a few tanks on the go, I went down the full on SPS reef route but always missed my FW tanks and especially the fish...
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    Rivers Edge

    Up to Date image 07/10/2020 Kit List Tank - Clearseal 30" x 15" x 12" Lighting - Fluval planted 3.0 Filter - Eheim Professional 5e 600T Dosing Pump - Kamoer 3 Channel Water Change Pump - D-D P1 Feeding - Ehiem Auto Feeder Routine Kamoer Dosing Channel 1 - Liquid Carbon 2ml daily (20ml...
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    HEATED FILTRATION (non Oase?)

    Are there any Pro 5e 600T owners on here? really tempted by one but can't find any real info, no vids of the functions etc.
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    Light recommendation

    i was looking at Chihiros for my 80cm tank too but the lengths of most things were up to 75, then 90+ etc. I ended up waiting the extra month and adding a little more for a Fluval planted 3.0 at £160 Sits nice and low to the tank but with a wide beam and really controllable.
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    Maxspect Gyre 300 Series released and for sale

    what do you reckon the smallest tank one of these could go in is? Thinking about getting one that i can then move when i upgrade again later.
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    Dr Timothy Hovanec's comments about Bacterial supplements

    Really good to see him reach out and respond to you. I did alot of research a few years back (2014 i think) and decided to move my whole reef tank stock to a new tank with dead rock using Dr Tims. I only saw the smallest Ammo spike over a day and then it dropped right off and that was that...
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    Chat room

    like a typed orgy??? used to be about 8-10 folk on every evening. Once people start using it it soon builds up, most of the time people forget its there!
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    Chat room

    nobody about?
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    Chat room

    :( used to be full!
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    Chat room

    3 icons in from the logout button! used to be full of the ususal suspects about this time last year :(
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    Chat room

    Does anyone ever use it anymore? :(
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    Hi Guys!!!

    :wave:
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    Hi Guys!!!

    Just wanted to drop in properly and say hello to all the faces! I've not abandoned this place, just been wrapped up in sorting out my reef tank and getting ready for a new little arrival ;) Tanks still looking good, the CO2 ran out and tbh although the growth slowed everythings healthy so I've...
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    Looking for amateur tank pics & specs!

    you can tank anything you want from my journal :)
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    Forrest Bridge 300lt. Vid update 5 may. Emergent growth!

    Hi jenks, Welcome to Ukaps. :) I've not posted in a while on here but there are no changes lol I'd recommend the compost however be patient and try not to disturb it too much till its settled. The water clouds quickly before roots take hold etc. Where abouts are you from fella?
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    How much lighting is too much lighting?

    I've got a 4 foot bowfront, 22" deep and run a 6 bulb luminare over it. Currently only got 3 on. Have a look in my journal thread for pics :)
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    How much lighting is too much lighting?

    the second gives you options and futureproofing though ;) Imagine you decided to make it a reef tank at some point.... bingo, no need to upgrade! Simply remove the extra 2 or even 3 tubes. I work on the principle of having the biggest light unit and running it with as little bulbs as I can get...
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    My sword is flowering (pics)

    At last the time has come :) Heres my baby flowering for the first time since I got her 14 months ago. Gutted I'll be away for a week while its flowering but I'm just happy to have been home at all to see it lol Thanks for looking guys :)
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    200l planted aquarium with hc carpet comments please

    Thats stunning mate!!!
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    circulation pumps

    I'd also say go for the 4000. I thought too small on my 300lt and went for the 2800. I now have 2!!!
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    filter advice from shop...is it correct????

    I'm running 22x flow and tbh thinking I could go higher lol
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    Forrest Bridge 300lt. Vid update 5 may. Emergent growth!

    I managed to find 15 baby platys in there yesterday and put them in the kitchen tank lmao
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    Forrest Bridge 300lt. Vid update 5 may. Emergent growth!

    I'll let the vid do all the talking ;)
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    Assassin Snail burying?

    i see mine once every few weeks lol I know hes still about because the snail population is going down :)
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    Forrest Bridge 300lt. Vid update 5 may. Emergent growth!

    Re: Forrest Bridge. update 21 apr, Pics Thanks guys. I've played around with the the way the stems sit and let a little more light down to the from whilst also trying to get more hygrophillia to grow out the top ;) I've moved the right hand power head down a little to try and push move of the...
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    Forrest Bridge 300lt. Vid update 5 may. Emergent growth!

    Re: Forrest Bridge. update 13 mar, Pics I've just got back from being away and I was surprised at the amount of growth... Heres the pics :) Further updates soon :)
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    best size of tank

    I'd back up the above. Also to add a tall tank is much harder to get a carpeting plant to work due to light penetration.
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    no way. . . . could it be?

    its disgusting :(
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    Is ''CO2 proof tubing'' any different from the regular tubin

    Re: Is ''CO2 proof tubing'' any different from the regular t :thumbup: :clap: :P defo something I'll look at :)
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    Is ''CO2 proof tubing'' any different from the regular tubin

    Re: Is ''CO2 proof tubing'' any different from the regular t co2 tubing is made of silicone as the Co2 will cause normal airline hose to go hard and crack then leak.
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    no way. . . . could it be?

    How can that be alive??? Did he say how long he'd had it in? I'd deof a blueface saltwater angel :(
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    question about fitting a bigger korilia pump!

    I'm running 2x2800 koralias, a 1200 canister and a 600 canister. I don't think its too much at all. I was a little concerned it would be but its fine :)
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    anyone using these???

    youtube vid??
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    PLEASE HELP - WHAT T8 TUBES TO BUY?

    idealy you want daylight temps 6-6.5k. I got phillips ones in this range for about £7 each on lampspecs.co.uk
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    Inactivity

    Stay safe George.... May see you in a couple of weeks!
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    anyone using these???

    I love the idea of the cloud passing over and storm effects!
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    200l planted aquarium with hc carpet comments please

    Re: 200l planted aquarium with hc carpet advice needed pleas am I right in thinking thats newly planted HC? how many pots?
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    Forrest Bridge 300lt. Vid update 5 may. Emergent growth!

    Re: Forrest Bridge. Update 24 Feb, Pics Just a very quick update, no new pics at the mo. I've removed the 6 cloud minnows to see if I can breed them in a smaller tank of their own, will put them back in a few weeks. I replaced the heater as I got it second hand with the tank and did not know...
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    Advice scaping deep aquarium

    I went for a form of terracing on my 22" deep tank. pics in my journal, viewtopic.php?f=35&t=14173
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    whats causing these plants to die (pictures Inc)

    also don't up the lighting times to 10. 7-8hrs will be fine, anything more you are only encouraging algae :(
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    whats causing these plants to die (pictures Inc)

    I'd say a bubble a second would be about right, you may even need more. I wouldn't risk turning it up without getting a drop checker or two in there first.
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    quick tank poll. doable or not?

    I'd rather have 24 deep and 18" high if I had the choice but I don't think you'll have any issues :) Great price bud!
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    whats causing these plants to die (pictures Inc)

    your CO2 sounds REALLY low to me. I'm running nearly 3 times the bubble rate through a reactor (so no loss) and my drop checkers are light green. My tanks only slightly bigger than yours. I'd use a drop checker and adjust the level that way bud.
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    Top Tips

    mine too, things were going to well now I've got bba to deal with and I've ended putting everything back were it started lol
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    thoughts on my planned setup?

    I'd also say go for the 5kg as the 2 will not last that long. I recon you'd get away with only one regulator but I'd say you'd need to use a reactor inline with your filter instead and use a few powerheads to make sure there is enough flow to carry it fully around the tank. I'm running that...
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    CO2 & Sump

    If the sump is completely covered I'd just chuck a ceramic diffusor straight in there. Diffusors do a great job, the only reason I don't run one is I've tried to keep equipment out of the tank and also not have the tiny bubbles. This obviously isn't going to be an issue for you :) Chris
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    Top Tips

    if your flow is fine and the CO2 is getting round the tank fine, LEAVE IT ALONE lol. Changing things for the sake of it will only lead to trouble!
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    HC Propergator Journal into DSM

    Re: HC Propergator Journal Like it bud :) :) :) Tempted to do some thing like this with my arcadia arc tank after I've bred some minnows in it.
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    New Member

    welcome to ukaps :)
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    Chris' minnow breeder

    Decided today I wanted something new for my fish... couldn't decide what lol It was then I realised I keep banging on at the wife about spending less and starting to save so I should do the same... moreover I have loads of equipment just stilling doing nothing in the attic. Thats when it hit...
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