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    Kordon Breathable Bags

    Hi there, My cherries simply won't stop breeding and whilst I keep taking them back to the LFS and getting dry food in return I now have so much dry food that I don't actually need any, so I was thinking about starting to sell some as it may be a more constant way of reducing my herd (there are...
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    Which arrangement?

    I think I've decided to start of with 4 and then get that settled and decide if I want to add in the right side at a later date. Thanks
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    Which arrangement?

    Thanks guys. I really hope I can get it looking along the lines of the influence, its such a beautiful tank
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    Which arrangement?

    Its at 30 x 15 x 12 Clearseal. i'm currently swinging more to 5 but then quite like the look of the 2 bushes that you get in 6
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    Which arrangement?

    hello all, I would like to try and create a moss only tank having been inspired by the following aquarium: So which of the following compositions of the wood do you think is best? (I don't want to put the substrate in until i've decided on the layout as there will be 2 layers of substrate) 1...
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    Sand substrate

    Heya, its been a very long time since I have been on here, but nothing has been happening to my tank due to lack of funds. However I have just purchased a Clearseal 30x15x12" tank this weekend and would like to create something like the tank below which I believe was done in a 24" tank; My...
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    Need inspiration.....

    Ok, no sand then. I want to make my life easy not harder and knowing me I'll change the layout plenty of times over the years! The reason I was thinking of using the powder though, hence ADA and not things like florabase is that I have pygmy cories and I don't want them digging in the...
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    Need inspiration.....

    Perfect, can't wait to get started with it, but going to take it slowly! Will keep you posted. Anyone think I should stick with the external? Oh and also if I have all the substrate planted up, do you think I could just put normal play sand on to of the aquacare instead of the ada powder...
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    Need inspiration.....

    Grrrr second attempt at writing this. Ok going to go back to a 24" tank after being bored of the restrictions with my arc tank. It will be placed on a breakfast counter in the kitchen. I'm going to keep things simple, so this is what I'm planning on so far: TNP+ and Easycarbo for fertilisers...
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    My dwarf puffer haven

    Sorry guys I haven't been on here for absolutely months! I used to feed them frozen and live food, mostly bloodworm, they sucked on them like a piece of spagetti, very funny to watch. Unfortunately I don't have them anymore. I was struggling with the upkeep of the aquarium so turned it into a...
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    My dwarf puffer haven

    Thanks guys. They get along great with the shrimp, don't bother them at all, although I had some colomesus asellus puffers which went on the rampage when I tried them with some ghost shrimp. I think the dwarfs are just too small, they'd rather pick at small snails or bloodworms.
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    My dwarf puffer haven

    Well, since I started planning this tank in January and it's my first planted tank and i've had all sorts up with it and constant re-scaping, I thought I should put up a picture of how it is looking at the moment, finally, after all the help that you guys have given me, thankyou so so much. It...
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    Building a tank

    thanks for that, I'll have a search on those links. :)
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    Building a tank

    So I have this alcove, which a normal tank just won't fit into properly, so have been thinking about getting one made, or doing it myself, kind of. Anyway, my question would be if I get the glass all cut for me and then I silicone it together, is that all that needs to be done, or do I need a...
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    AMANO SHRIMPS and WORMER PLUS

    Just to let you know that I spoke to a friend on another forum that has used the wormer plus with her puffs and the shrimp were unaffected.
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    AMANO SHRIMPS and WORMER PLUS

    I never had shrimp in my tanks at the time of worming, so am not too sure, but it didn't affect the plants or the water chemistry at all. As for sexing them, the males get wrinkles behind their eyes. I'll try and take a picture to show you on mine. The brown stripe tends to appear on the most...
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    Lusty Glaze (Inspired by nature)

    Hi Planter, I just thought I'd let you know that with the little puffs, you have to keep feeding them snails to trim down their beaks otherwise if they get overgrown, they cannot eat and die. Luckily you don't have the colomesus asellus ones, which I had and you had to anaethetise them and...
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    PMs not sending

    Oh that is good. Thankyou for letting me know
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    PMs not sending

    Hi there, My PMs aren't sending, they are just sitting in my outbox. I'm not sure why. I've emptied my sent box which was only 10% full and that hasn't done anything. Am I doing something wrong? I write the message, click submit, it says that the message is sent successfully, but then it is...
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    Dreaded algae - hair

    Thankyou for that. I did a small one this evening to get rid of the crud that had settled and I replanted everything. I'll leave the vallis out until I get it all sorted then!!! I'll keep dosing excel until I can get another FE (no card at the moment, damn fraudsters!). It is already looking...
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    Dreaded algae - hair

    Okay, so I got a little carried away with cleaning the tank last night. I hacked back all the stem plants, ripped out all the carpeting plants so that I could clean each individual plant and I took out any rocks that didn't have plants attached to them. I also decided to do a little re scape...
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    Dreaded algae - hair

    Oh that makes it much more bearable. So if I do twice weekly changes and dose with excel, do I still need to keep the lights off for this whole period and what about the CO2? Also I'm guessing I keep going with the original fert programme? How many weeks to you reckon it'll take for the algae...
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    Dreaded algae - hair

    oh and I'm thinking of swapping from dry ferts to TPN+ - how do I work out the daily dosing for this?
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    Dreaded algae - hair

    okay, I'll keep on going with it. ARGH! I hate doing daily water changes when I have to take 120l out!
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    Dreaded algae - hair

    Okay, I'm thinking that with me going away on the weekends a lot and having the odd holiday, that it might make my battle easier if I convert this tank into a low tech one! What do you think? Plants I currently have are: Pogostemon, Java fern, java moss, anubias nana, a hygro of some sort and...
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    Dreaded algae - hair

    Oh goooooooooooooooooooood, this is a never ending battle! When I replaced the CO2 bottle the other week, I obviously didn't do it well enough because the bottle is now empty. The problem being that I was away last week (came back today) so the algae has gone mad, much, much worse than it was...
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    Dreaded algae - hair

    yeah I'm getting very impatient with it. I think I might rip it all out and stick in a dark corner for a few weeks and see what happens, at least it won't be infecting my tank anymore and I can clear that up! Thankyou for that. I'll try it and see how it work cause it breaks my heart to have...
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    Dreaded algae - hair

    Hi there, So I followed the blackout procedure and while it has reduced about 50% of the algae, there is still some amongst the mosses. I'm not sure what to do now? I'm tempted to rip out the mosses that have the algae in and start again, it would certainly be less hassle!!!! What do you guys...
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    Bonsai

    I've got one that is 18years old that I my sister and I bought for my old sister, who almost killed it within a few weeks, so my mum stole it off her and I now look after it. It is looking a bit wild and woolly as I haven't trimmed it yet. I left it all winter and am going to do it again, but...
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    Dreaded algae - hair

    Thankyou for that, answers to questions as below - Can you confirm that you're using 4dkh distilled water in the dropchecker and that you are not using tank water or tap water in the checker? Yes Can you lower the lighting by 25%-50%? This will help tremendously for now. Yes, I'll do that...
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    Dreaded algae - hair

    Hi I am still struggling with the hair algae. I am dosing 4caps of excel which is 20ml and i'm doing it everyday as well as the fert dosing and the CO2. The algae isn't getting worse, but it isn't getting better. I take out as much as I can every water change I do and there isn't any growth...
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    Dreaded algae - hair

    thankyou for that. I think it'll be best to treat the whole tank with the excel, just to be sure, as I have a fair amount of moss in there. As for the yellowing and pinholes, it may well have been down to the low CO2. I'm going to do a trim of the all the bad looking leaves tonight and then...
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    Dreaded algae - hair

    oh that is great. I had to turn down my CO2 for a few weeks because my tester in the tank had a leak, so I could never tell how much was in there. that would be why. I have it back now to the lime green colour so that will be good and I'll treat the hair algae with excel as I have some of...
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    Dreaded algae - hair

    So it is completely my fault that I now have hair algae. I know it is due to a build up of excess nutrients and it happened whilst I was away on holiday and then when i came back, my pump to get water back into the tank broke, so i couldn't do the usual 50% water changes. So this is my fert...
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    Rescape after only 2 months

    Okay, thankyou for that. So I have put in an order with aqua essentials for some rotala green and more rotala rotundifolia. They also had some p. helferi, so I got some of that to help with the carpeting plants, so think I might do a quick re-sketch of what I'm planning on doing this weekend...
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    Trip to Amano gallery japan

    Oh I would love to go. It has been my dream for a while to be able to set up a franchise or branch in England one day and have it laid out like theirs. I've always like the idea of walking into a LFS and it looking like an art gallery, then all the dry goods and fish are on other floors. I...
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    Rescape after only 2 months

    Well I've ordered some Riccia, which should hopefully arrive this week and have some Blyxia arriving from Andy (thankyou). i'm going to re-do the hardscape this weekend and then just swap out the plants that I have with the ones that I want as and when I can get my hands on them. I have decided...
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    Johns first planted journal

    I have queen arabesque plecs in my planted tank. They are mainly carnivorous and only grow to about 4inches, so are perfect. I love them, although they are a shy, so do better with more than one. I have 2 and in an ideal world would have 5 or 6 (maybe an excuse for a species only tank one day!)
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    swapping filters over

    oh that is a good idea as well and since I took out the carbon I have space to add it into as well! Thankyou for that
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    swapping filters over

    Brill thanks for that guys.
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    swapping filters over

    So, my 2 new Tetratec EX1200 arrived yesterday. They are huge, I didn't for some reason even think about the canister being bigger. silly really. anyway, I have attached one to my rio240 and 1 to my other tank for now, eventually I want them both on my rio240. Currently I have an EX600 and...
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    Need some ideas

    So, most of you will know that I'm currently (and very slowly, due to changing my mind), setting up my first planted tank, properly (its a Rio240). I currently have 3 (or maybe 4) otos and 2 queen arabesque plecs in it. I am going to add another 5 otos that I have already and was going to put...
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    Rescape after only 2 months

    what are your ideas of adding some straight vallis along the back of the tank and then the rotala in front of that? Just another thought that entered my mind
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    Itchy arm

    if you want some long gloves that can be thrown away, go to a farm shop like Mole Valley or Scats and get the long gloves (up to your shoulders) that are used for calfing. A box of them isn't that spenny and they aren't latex, which I prefer. That could help
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    Rescape after only 2 months

    Funny you added that link, I found it this morning and it was exactly what I needed!
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    Rescape after only 2 months

    yeah that was what I was thinking with the riccia on the slope. Do you think it would slide less if I built the slope from rocks (have dones of lava rock not doing anything) and then covered it in eco complete? It might have to be a riccia slope, just so that it doesn't slip.
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    Rescape after only 2 months

    So what about this version?
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    Rescape after only 2 months

    thankyou for the tips. Will sketch a few changes and then see what you think. Did think that the L. aromatic was red, that is what it came up as when I googled it, but not too fussed. Think it would look better having just 1 red plant (rotala rotundifolia) anyway. Yep that is meant to be a...
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    Rescape after only 2 months

    Okay, so I have done a quick scape plan, let me know what you think. 2 tall red plants in corners are Limnophilia aromatica Red plant in middle is rotala rotundifolia Green carpet plant at front is riccia Green carpet plant on left is glosso or riccia - was thinking of having it sloping upwards...
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    Rescape after only 2 months

    Oh I like the look of that plant, i've never seen it before. Will give you a PM when I am about to do the rescape. Am going to do some rough sketches on the computer and then I'll attach it to a post to see what you all think. Nice to know that it will take a few months for the mosses to fill...
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    Rescape after only 2 months

    Here is what it looked like when I first planted it up It still has the same path, but I have moved the driftwood over to the left now and the right has pretty much just cambomba at the moment, a lot of it. Basically, I want less sand to see, so was thinking of moving the path and having one...
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    Going on holiday

    okay, yeah I use the EI method too, so will do that. Thankyou
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    Going on holiday

    What would you guys suggest? I am going away for 10 days over Easter and can't get someone to come in everyday which is fine for feeding the fish, but with the ferts, i'm not sure what to do. I was thinking of reducing the lighting and the CO2 from 10 hours a day to say about 5 hours, with no...
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    My First Planted Tank (The End) Juwel Rio 125

    Re: My First Planted Tank - Juwel Rio 125 Oh i'm so jealous of you. Mine doesn't look anywhere near as good. Well I guess it is only a couple of months old, but the plants never grow as fast as you'd like!
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    Algae Magnet

    It isn't victoria street, it is on Vauxhall Bridge Road and they are planning on moving to High Street Kensington in the next couple of months. It is a lovely little shop and the only place that I can find my South American Pufferfish, a little run down, but hopefully they'll smarten up with...
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    George's 80cm - final shots

    Looks brilliant. Just wanted to ask though, I remember reading on one of your blogs that you had placed the filter inlet (or was it outlet) over your CO2 diffuser. I'm guessing that this is to help spread it evenly around the tank, but I was just wondering if the CO2 would have an effect on...
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    New Tank - Harware Final Review

    ARGH, that is so annoying. I was looking at getting a couple of the 1200's yesterday but thought I'd wait. Wish I'd got them yesterday now.
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    Do I need to add more nitrate

    Thankyou for the link, they are even more affordable with that now. Also thankyou for the black out idea and the filter maintenance. I cleaned mine out a couple of weeks ago and the flow is still good for them, so that can't be it, but I will keep on top of them and the cleaning of the algae...
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    35ltr Nano Fighter Tank

    If you ever want to get reduce your snails, I have some puffers that would love to eat them!
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    Do I need to add more nitrate

    Yeah I can afford it, I might have to starve for a bit :D but anything for my fish and plants. I want everything to be as happy as possible. Right will get onto getting some then and the Tetratecs are amazing value and brilliant quality, I do love them, although have never had an ehiem so...
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    Do I need to add more nitrate

    Well I also have the juwel internal filter which turns over 1000lph so that gives me a total of 1600lph at the moment (800lph short). Also it didn't come with a spray bar, so do you think that I'd be better to still add a Tetratec EX1200 as well? I was considering getting 2 EX1200 and take the...
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    Suitable Pleco

    I have just got a couple of queen arabesque plecs (L260) for my planted tank and they only get to about 4 inches and eat mainly meaty foods so don't mash up your plants
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    Do I need to add more nitrate

    oh that is a good idea, I forgot about the spray bar, I will put that on. Also thankyou for the dosing regime, I will give that a try. I think that it is forming in the areas where there is less flow and therefore a possiblity that less nutrients are getting to it, if I add a spray bar to the...
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    Pump for water changes ?

    I use a syphon to get the water out of my tank and a standard pond pump (about £20) to get the water back into my tank and that is 240l with a 50% water change every week.
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    Do I need to add more nitrate

    Fertiliser Dosing Monday – 3/4 - KNO3, 2/8 - KH2PO4, 1 – Epsom salts Tuesday - 1/4Tsp - Trace Wednesday – 3/4 - KNO3, 2/8 - KH2PO4, 1 – Epsom salts Thursday - 1/4Tsp - Trace Friday – 3/4 - KNO3, 1/8 - KH2PO4 Saturday – DAY OFF Sunday – WATER CHANGE So if I do this as my dosing...
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    Do I need to add more nitrate

    thankyou so much for you help
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    Do I need to add more nitrate

    My tank has been up and running for about a month now and all is going well, except I am starting to get blue green algae. Below is my dosing schedule - 1/2Tsp-KN03 3x a week 1/8Tsp-KH2P04 3x a week 1/8Tsp-Trace 3x a week 2Tsp Epsom Salts 1x a week Do you think that I need to up my nitrate...
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    Help CO2 not working

    HI there, it really isn't as scary as you think it will do. Firstly you will need a regulator (has the gauges on it), then a solenoid if you want your CO2 to be turned off automatically, a bubble counter, a check/stop valve and then a diffuser. The order you attach things are regulator to FE...
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    The algae starts

    thankyou for that. i am using 4dkh water in the co2 test and am doing a little under 50% water changes, so I'll up that. Think I might add some otos in tomorrow to help with it.
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    The algae starts

    Hi there, I have had my tank set up for about 3 weeks now, and brown algae has now started growing, although there is a fuzzy brown (hair algae?) on my cambomba. I have pressurised CO2 (not sure on the bpm, but the permanent CO2 test is green). I have about 2.5wpg and I'm using eco complete as...
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    Help CO2 not working

    okay I have got it to work and I think I was being very stupid about the whole thing. I thought if you plugged the solenoid in then the bubbles would stop, but it seems not. I plugged it in and have loads now - admittedly that is without the check valve or bubble counter, so think that they...
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    Help CO2 not working

    i have taken the check valve and bubble counter off and attached the tubing to the needle valve directly. will try it with a cup of water.
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    Help CO2 not working

    okay, have done that but still there is nothing coming out in the tank. The gauges show 60psi and 2psi, could the pressure be the problem?
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    Help CO2 not working

    okay, so it stopped again. I did the cycling of the solenoid and it started again. Would that mean that there is something wrong with the solenoid?
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    Help CO2 not working

    having said that, there are now bubbles in the bubble counter but none coming out the other end in the tank. Should I be seeing them coming out the tubing in the tank? I don't have a diffuser on at the moment. When I turn the knob on the needle valve (?) there is no change in the rate of the...
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    Help CO2 not working

    right solenoid is working, so it can't be that. Will get another return valve and see if that is it.. Am getting there slowly. Quick question though, should I still add the ferts even though there isn't any CO2? I don't want to get any algae!
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    Help CO2 not working

    okay, will try that all tonight. thankyou
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    Help CO2 not working

    Hi, Thankyou so much for all of your help. The answers to your questions are - 1 Yes 2 Yes, but I then unplugged it to see if it worked without, but haven't had any change 3 Yes but the gauge dial doesn't change when I do this. Here is the link of the reg that I got off ebay -...
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    Help CO2 not working

    Oh god this is so frustrating. Just got the new bottle, attached the reg, have reading on both the dials now, did the soap test - still couldn't find any leaks, but there isn't anything coming out now. Argh! What do I do now? Do you think that it is a faulty reg?
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    Help CO2 not working

    well I just did that and I still can't find a leak. My only guess is that the bottle has emptied so I'm not picking up a leak, so when I get my new bottle in a couple of days I'll put the reg etc on that and try it again, hopefully that'll turn up something.
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    Help CO2 not working

    oh thankyou for that. I didn't do it that way. will do that when I get home from work this evening. thankyou very much
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    Help CO2 not working

    I was looking for leaks in soapy water. The only bubbles that came out were when the face of one of the dials filled with water but surely there shouldn't be CO2 there, so that can't be the leak can it? I have ordered a new bottle just to check that, always good to have a spare anyway, so...
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    Help CO2 not working

    ok, have checked for leaks and can't find any. The bottle definately feels a lot lighter. It is a 2kg bottle and I have a dual gauged reg with a solenoid. I got it off ebay. So I undid it all, redid it and still nothing. Do you think that I could have been sold a bottle that wasn't fully full...
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    Help CO2 not working

    thankyou, I'll try all the above, hopefully it is just a leak, would be a pain to have a faulty regulator. Thankyou
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    Help CO2 not working

    I set up my pressurised CO2 system on wednesday and on friday there were no bubbles coming out, so I looked at the regulator and both the gauges are on 0, what does this mean? Did my tank empty after 2 days? What do I do?
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    Is this a good routine

    Brilliant, thankyou for the advice
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    Is this a good routine

    Would the below be a good routine for a heavily planted 63 US gallon (probably 60 with the hardscape and substrate) tank with pressurised CO2, 2x T5 54W lamps and 2x T8 38W. Plants are planted in eco complete. Lights are on 10 hours a day and CO2 8 hours (comes on an hour after lights and goes...
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    DIY inline reactor/diffuser

    Thankyou. What would be the best way to do it then?
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    DIY inline reactor/diffuser

    I there, I did a search on this and didn't find quite what I was looking for. I am looking to put an inline reactor/diffuser on my outlet tube of my tetratec EX600 external filter. I have a bubble counter, so don't really want to spend the money of that one you can get from Aqua Essentials. I...
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