co2

  1. BenjP

    Staghorn and trimming H. pinnatifida: how much is too much?

    Hi all, I recently had a cheap Wilko plug timer conk out on me, resulting in my Co2 running 24hrs a day for what must have been the best part of a week. I've replaced the faulty timer, but unsurprisingly I'm now facing Co2-related algae issues in the form of a particularly nasty staghorn...
  2. R

    Regulating co2 working pressure

    I am hoping someone can assist with the following problem. First of all, I am very new to this, so I could be doing something very simple wrong. I recently bought a CO2 art regulator, and I am having a very difficult time using the working pressure knob – notably reducing the pressure to...
  3. jaypeecee

    A New Optimum Dissolved CO2 Concentration?

    Hi Folks, It would appear that JBL have decided on a new optimum CO2 level in users' tanks. Instead of the 30 mg/l figure, which has been 'the norm' for a good many years, JBL seem to be rolling out their latest drop checker (DC) test sets with a new optimum of 20 mg/l. See below...
  4. P

    Best ferts for the plant plus the shrimp

    Hi All! I want to find out which fert is most suitable for my aquarium and shrimp. So, My tank size is 60cm * 40cm * 40cm Light: ATI Sun power 4×24 W lámpa incl. dimmcomputer: 1W/litre 3 pieces - Sylvania 865 T5 HO 24W = 5550 lm 1 piece - Eheim Freshpower Daylight T5 24W = 1850 lm...
  5. H

    Fascinated to learn of this group and to join it

    Just adding a second tank so as I can finally get a couple of Angelfish without them eating the rest of my community! With a 320l large tank already, have gone for a smaller 140l one from Gumtree and this comes with a CO2 system which is new for me to get used to. Hopefully it will not end in...
  6. Carbondioxide

    January sales 20% off everything

    If your looking at changing your diffuser or starting a new aquascape in the new year, visit our website and take advantage of our January sale. discounts available across our entire range of products until the 5th January. www.co2art.co.uk
  7. D

    AquaRio NEO eBay clone

    What do you guys think of this clone? Does it work just as well? It's 1/3 of the price of the original. Tempting...
  8. JMorgan

    low tech CO2 - passive diffusion

    Sorry if this has already been discussed - I did search for "passive CO2" but couldn't find anything, so here goes: I recently stumbled across a video showing an aquatics shop in San Francisco, "Ocean Aquariums" (misnamed as all freshwater!) where the owner does things a little differently...
  9. Carbondioxide

    Are you in, or our?

    What is your preferred method of diffusing CO2 in your aquarium?
  10. Geraint Anderson

    CO2 setup dimensions for small space

    Hi, I'm thinking about adding CO2 to my Juwel Vision tank but it doesn't have the original cabinet. The one that came with it is quite a bit shorter and the cupboard's internal height is only 46cm. Is it possible to fit a CO2 system or is the space too small? Looking at the dimensions of a fire...
  11. jaypeecee

    Why Advise A 1pH Drop?

    Hi Folks, I don't understand why a 1pH drop is advised when setting up a profile for injected CO2. For example, if the water KH is 4dH and the starting pH is 7.3, the CO2 concentration will be approximately 6 ppm. But, after a 1pH drop to 6.3, the CO2 concentration will be a staggering 60 ppm...
  12. jaypeecee

    Fluctuating CO2 Levels

    Hi Folks, Would anyone care to quantify fluctuating CO2 levels? This term crops up a lot but exactly what does it mean? The word 'fluctuating' refers to something that varies with time. So, when we refer to fluctuating CO2, are we referring to CO2 levels that vary throughout the photoperiod...
  13. W

    DOOA CO2 System Kit

    Hello everyone! I started my first iwagumi style tank (nano) just this summer. Since I have a nano tank I bought the DOOA CO2 System Kit cause I Thought I looked cool. https://www.aquasabi.com/DOOA-CO2-System-Kit Little did I know then of the problems I would run into. One of them but also...
  14. Conort2

    In tank or external diffuser

    Hi Currently have an external qanvee atomiser, this works well and have no issues however I am rather lazy when it comes to cleaning it and is abit of a pain to clean if I’m honest. This laziness probably causes my co2 to drop off at times which can be an issue. Thinking of switching to an...
  15. F

    CO2 And filter recommendations

    I have recently bought a JUWEL LIDO 200 which I have Aquascaped and planted moderately-heavily. I set this all up without considering the need for co2 or perhaps an upgraded filtration system as the one that comes with the tank isn’t good enough and doesn’t look very nice. I have been...
  16. plantman123

    I Stopped BBA without any chemicals or water change

    Been battling it for a month. Using toothbrush to scrape it off plants. The worst part was the sponge filter it loves porus materials. I didn't think it would work or in fact would make it worse.. but thought I would try it as a last resort option. I completely shut off the co2 and after a...
  17. N

    Clay Pellets and CO2 Problems

    Recently finished building a Paludarium that a managed to seed and obtain a good covering of Glossostigma on the floor. All looked good until I filled with water, and within two days it all started to die. After doing some research I came to the conclusion that there wasn't enough CO2 in the...
  18. Crazy_Walrus

    Co2 possible fault?

    Hello, I have just set up my co2 system. The diffuser is now full of co2 and there's no water left in it. My issue is that there are not many bubbles coming out of the diffuser at all. I have it at 1 bubble per second and the diffuser has a tiny amount of bubbles? Is the correct or is...
  19. Ryouku2015

    Ro water and chemistry shrimp tank

    Hi im moving my shrimp to a 125l from a 27l and have been using an ro filter which was 25gpd I've now upgraded to 200gpd and wanted to check as I'm still new to using RO water it's reduces to 4 tds from 450 which I presume is fine as it's about 99% and waste is at 1:1.25 when I measured. Just...
  20. Aqua Hero

    First month of an aquascape

    So you've planted a bunch of in-virto plants and have flooded the tank. You got the co2 running, lights on and filter flowing. Now what? Currently with my tank, some of the plants are melting back (which is to be expected), the light is on the lowest setting running for 6 hours and co2 is on...
  21. Aqua Hero

    Co2 tubing keeps popping off

    Hello, I've run into a really annoying issue with my regulator. The stupid c02 tubing keeps popping off the push fitting. I had my psi set to 40 and I'm using an intank bazooka diffuser. Is there a way to remove the push fit and replace it with a lock screw fitting instead?
  22. C

    Complete makeover!!!

    Hey everybody So I’ve a Juwel Lido 200 that I think is ready for an makeover. I’m looking to go heavily planted but have no co2 etc as of yet (just the lights/heater/filter). Happy to go co2 to ensure a better balanced tank. We can talk everything from substrate to hardscape to plants. All...
  23. Ryouku2015

    Ideal Water Parameters

    Hi I have a 240l tank that I have now converted to a high tech planted tank. Ive decided to use RO water and remineralise as my tap water is terrible (about 60-80ppm nitrate and very hard water) and have been deciding on what parameters to aim for and so far ive settled on a pH of 7, GH of 6...
  24. Aqua Hero

    First month of a new aquascape

    I've been reading and watching videos to recap on this hobby again after a long break I saw a video where someone said that I have to do water changes everyday for the first week, then every other day for the next 3 week's. Then after that I can do weekly water changes. Is this necessary...
  25. P

    Newbie

    I have had a 64 litre tank for a few years, and on the whole few problems. I have now splashed out on a Juwel Vision 180. My tank is planted, and I seem to be having issues with plants dying. It has been pointed out me that Co2 is my issue. Needless to say I feel quite thick after been a...
  26. DutchMuch

    Emersed Culture, [The Beginner Basics].

    So I decided to do a how-to on Emersed Culture(s) for newbies to the whole "Emersed World!" of aquatic plants. Background: I have been planting and "Harvesting" Emersed aquarium (or aquatic) plants, for around 3 years now. In that time I have learned a lot in such little time, that is due to...
  27. L

    Fire extinguisher under rio240

    Hi, Considering setting up a 2Kg fire extinguisher co2 setup under my RIO240. Has anyone had any issues fitting this in the supplied cabinet? Mainly concerned about height of the cylinder and regulator (probably co2art SE) Thinking a 2Kg firechief CO2 extinguisher Thanks
  28. wolfewill

    Starting Utricularia graminifolia with DSM

    I’m been attempting to grow Utricularia graminifolia as a carpet plant in an 15 gallon iwagumi set up. This led me to do an online search to see what conditions have worked for others. In addition to the usual specialty web sites I looked at various blogs as well. So what follows is the progress...
  29. Zedan

    Adapting Plants After Dry Start Method

    I'd like to get opinions on this method of adapting plants to life underwater after a dry start. What are your experiences with plants adapting after dry start method? Specifically with Dwarf Hairgrass (acicularis eleocharis sp. mini), anubias, and Ludwigia Mini Super Red. Or otherwise, has...
  30. Snail Weeb

    Supplies for an Iwagumi

    I would like to set up a small iwagumi styled tank, 20 gallon long or maybe a 30 gallon. 20 gallons is 75 litres in metric. I dont know what equipment i need though No tutorial or guide i've foud really goes over the lights, co2, or any of that sort of detail. I would like to know some...
  31. Crazy_Walrus

    CO2 regulator

    Hi I'm looking for a CO2 set up for my 140L tank. I'm currently looking at regulators and they seem to be the most pricey bit. Anyone recommend any that are sub £100? I don't have a Huge budget but want to give my plants the CO2 they deserve.
  32. Sammy Islam

    Algae - co2 and fluval F&p 2.0

    Hello i'm new to this forum but have been ghosting for years. I have been battling algae for a while and i'm starting to give up, its not bad but very fustrating trying to balance everything. mainly on the annubias and some buce, but also some bba on the tips of my tall cryps and they started...
  33. H

    First Co2 system - advice?

    Hi all! So I’m looking to purchase my first co2 system for a 15g tank. I’ve found one on co2supermarket which seems to be highly reccomended by the lovely people here on the forum. I just have a few questions before I take the plunge. Firstly concerning the choices for ‘Solenoid Type’. What’s...
  34. jaypeecee

    Does anyone use the JBL Direct CO2 test kit?

    Hi Folks, Does anyone use (or tried) the JBL Direct CO2 test kit? I am referring to the following: https://www.jbl.de/en/products/detail/6449 I decided to try this kit as it gives an instant (well, 5 minutes) measurement of dissolved CO2. I thought it was worth a try as I get frustrated...
  35. Kalum

    Anyone used new Co2art inline diffuser (qanvee)

    Just wondering if anyone has used the new Co2art inline diffusers yet and has any feedback? https://www.co2art.eu/collections/co2-accessories/products/new-co2art-inline-co2-aquarium-atomizer-diffuser-system-16-22mm-hose
  36. jaypeecee

    Drop Checker Blocked By White Film

    Hi Folks, My new glass conventional drop checker is giving misleading readings. And I have good reason to believe that it's being caused by a white film that builds up near to the DC entrance. In other words where the CO2 gas diffuses from the water surface to the airspace inside the DC. See...
  37. Filip Krupa

    Drop checker green BEFORE co2 ON

    Hi Peeps. On my 2000L sumped setup, Ive noticed that my drop checker is almost lime green BEFORE co2 on. Noticing this every day lately. Anyone else had this happen? Drop checker liquid changed, turned the lights on (with co2 off), and got some pearling. So I dont think its the measurement...
  38. Christopher Cook

    Logic help needed

    Hello fellow UKAPians. I need some advice/logic. So I have a FE connected to a single stage regulator. When I got home the FE handle had popped open the duct tape I used to seccur it. The inline diffuser still hadn't filled up with water (which meant that it had happened within the last hour...
  39. D

    CO2 Valves

    Hello - I am new to this forum. I've had a small aquarium for awhile, but am upgrading it to a larger one for more fish/plants. I will be having a CO2 line and have a few questions on valves. Are most people using solenoid valves on timers?
  40. Christopher Cook

    Dropped pressure

    Hi I set up a regulator with seloniod to a fire extinguisher yesterday afternoon. The tank or cylinder (high) pressure was around 850. The seloniod turned off at around 6pm. This morning I checked and the pressure has dropped to 800. I checked for leaks yesterday, once with seloniod off and...
  41. oscarlloydjohn

    Any need for a bubble counter?

    I have an Aquario Neo diffuser and was wondering if the bubbles coming from the pipe at the bottom of the diffuser would work fine as a bubble counter (maybe it would have uneven flow?) I don't see a need for unnecessary clutter so I'd love to not have to buy an inline one. Cheers
  42. Marc Davis

    How To: DIY co2. Secret Formula

    Hi guys, I'm sure you all know how to make co2, but i made this video to help newcomers to planted tanks. With such an easy way to make co2 and the massive impact it has on your plants, it should be a must for most planted tanks (that have any decent depth to them). I know i found this forum...
  43. Benauld

    CO2 Source

    Hi guys, Well, I'm still a good deal away from setting up anything yet, but I'm using my time wisely to do lots of research. Whilst I was looking at possible CO2 sources I came across something called "food grade" CO2. Does anyone know exactly how this differs from the CO2 in fire...
  44. Christopher Cook

    95g co2 finished in 4 days

    Hi, I've recently set up a 25l tank. I hooked it up with a 95g CO2 canister that is fed into a JBL inline diffuser. For the first two days I was releasing about 15 bubbles a minute. Then on the third day I got a drop indicator the only way I could get it from blue to green was to do about 60...
  45. mike L

    "Second Hand" Surface Agitation!

    I've ran air-stones at lights out, I've ran them 24/7 with co2 cranked up to compensate. The battle for good oxygen levels without de-gassing co2 always seems to take place at the water surface which recently led me to an idea/experiment. What if I create "another" surface which I can aerate...
  46. Glenda Steel

    Aquarium size and algae?

    Firstly I apologise if I've posted in the wrong area, I can't seem to find a section on Aquariums (i.e. the actual glass tank). We're thinking of purchasing a second tank and I've been looking at various sizes of nano tanks (up to 55l). Can anyone tell me if the smaller nano tanks (ie the...
  47. Kezzab

    co2 straight into filter inlet

    Just to experiment I've taken off the diffuser on my nano and have fed the co2 line direct into the filter intake. There is clearly co2 collecting in the canister, when i shake it it burps out. But it's not making any additional noise. Are there any long term problems with this approach?
  48. Kalum

    Feedback CO2Art - 9/10, could easily be 10

    Bought a new dual stage kit from CO2Art last week which arrived quickly and nicely packaged. Impressed with the quality of all the kit for the price and is always nice to see good value doesn't need to mean the quality suffers. Spoken to Karol regarding a few things with setup and their...
  49. Kalum

    Co2 Supermarket Dual Stage Regulator - opinions?

    Anyone had any experience of the older Co2Supermarket dual stage regulators? They don't sell these anymore and have replaced them with a different version so struggling to find any info on it. Been offered one for a good price after I've been looking at the Co2 Art ones (brand new) and just...
  50. Lola15

    New to CO2, please help!

    Ive looked online but can’t seem to find out whether I’ve set up my pressurised co2 system properly (it came with no instructions) I’ve made a quick video, if anyone knows what I may have done wrong, I’d appreciate your advice, thanks!
  51. Lola15

    Newbie from East London looking for CO2 and aquascaping advice

    Hi everyone! I'm planning on purchasing a Juwel Lido 200 next week. It will be the first time I've used CO2 and tried to aquascape. Any tips for a beginner? My dad and I have always kept aquariums but this CO2 introduction has made me nervous! If anyone knows a decent place to purchase gas...
  52. scoobiemandan

    GSA and Phosphate

    Tank - Jewel Trigon 350 Lighting - Jewel Helialux 54W and cheap white LED strip at rear CO2 - Easylife Liquid Carbon (6ml every day prior to lights on) Filtration - Fluval 306/1150lph and APS EFX+2000/2000lph Fertilisation routine - Easylife Profito (30ml weekly after water change) Maintenance...
  53. Aquarium_scape_n_fish

    Co2 bubbles per second in a reactor

    I have just converted from using an in tank diffuser to an external reactor to mix my co2 and eliminate the fizzy look. Using the diffuser, my pressurised sodastream system ran at about 2 bubbles per second and turned the drop checker to an ideal lime green. Now I have the co2 running at 3...
  54. doylecolmdoyle

    Qanvee M1 Out-Tank Co2 Atomizer

    I ordered one of these newer style inline atomizers from ali-express, cost about $20 AUD delivered, it arrived today, I will use this thread to review the co2 atomizer, first post is just an unboxing and photos, will try get this installed over the weekend and review on its performance compaired...
  55. Jimbo1981

    Liquid Carbon Overdose Signs?

    Hi I'm pretty new to the aquascape scene and just wondering if anyone has any advice on how to know whether or not i'm overdosing the tank using Liquid Carbon. The CO2 Gas type looked a bit "Pro" for my needs, but after much reading i may end up going down that route anyway. For now, i have...
  56. Something Fishy

    Cleaning co2 diffuser and solenoid pressure

    Hi Tried 6% h202 on my diffuser but very little is clean, left over night and tried liquid carbon too and still algae is present. Bleach the only option left? I thought of trying Cola or something has anybody tried that? Gonna move it out of the light next time I think... I have an inline...
  57. Jun Xhu

    General Hardness

    Is it the level of CO2 solubility can affect the GH level?
  58. maboleth

    My plants never pearl

    I started using pressurized CO2. Currently drop checker is green, my KH is 7, Ph 7, so I should have 21ppm of CO2 at all times. I have 250l tank with 3x39w T5 light bulbs. However, not a single plant pearls. I've noticed a stream of bubbles from Anubias nana leaf, but that's it. I expected my...
  59. Shinobi

    ADA 60p "Reach Out"

    Hey guys! been lurking for a while now, thought it'd be my turn to take on an high-tech aquascape and would appreciate your comments and inputs as it goes along. Please excuse my bad English /: what we have so far: ADA 60p. JBL 901 Cristalprofi filter. inline Hydor 200w heater. Chihiros A-series...
  60. Timbuck2

    Liquid CO2 Help

    Hi. I have I question about easycarbo.:) I brought some at the weekend and started dosing it every morning before I go to work. The timer on my lights are set for 1330pm and I'm planning on dosing at 0630am will It still work or will I be just wasting it? how long does it last for?
  61. AndyVox

    Emersed start - 80 x 40 x 40 high tech

    Hey, I used to frequent here alot a few years ago before getting pulled into marine for a few years. Due to huge building work at home I closed down my marine tank and have been thankless for the last 6 or so months, then I got the itch to go planted again... So here we are! A few of my...
  62. Plexus

    Hi!

    Hello, Over many months I have found some very useful tips on this site, I just never got around to setting up an account until now. I have been on the search for information on setting up a CO2 system on a 240L tank. I am having difficulty finding a supplier of a large CO2 cylinder, as well...
  63. C

    Overun with hair algae!

    I really need some advice regarding algae as I'm fairly new to planted tanks & aquascaping.. Around 2 weeks ago I planted my 80 litre tank with the following plants & have been dosing Tropica Specialised 3ml daily: Rotala Green Ludwigia Palustris Tenellus Lindernia Rotundifolia HC Cuba Dwarf...
  64. iDigit

    Citric Acid CO2 DIY

    Hello, I am in the process of setting up a Trigon 190 planted tank. This will be my first venture into a CO2 equipped tank. However, I want to use a DIY citric acid/baking soda mixture. I have found many recipes, many designs and tons of ideas ... but no information on how much citric acid /...
  65. iDigit

    Citric Acid CO2 DIY

    Hello, I am in the process of setting up a Trigon 190 planted tank. This will be my first venture into a CO2 equipped tank. However, I want to use a DIY citric acid/baking soda mixture. I have found many recipes, many designs and tons of ideas ... but no information on how much citric acid /...
  66. iDigit

    Citric acid CO2 system

    Hello, I am in the process of setting up a Trigon 190 planted tank. This will be my first venture into a CO2 equipped tank. However, I want to use a DIY citric acid/baking soda mixture. I have found many recipes, many designs and tons of ideas ... but no information on how much citric...
  67. Richard Dowling

    JBL Pro Flora Direct Inline Diffuser - Your Experiences?

    Hi All, Do any of you have any experiences with the JBL Pro Flora Direct - Inline CO2 Diffuser? I have used a particular inline diffuser (Which I wont name because I respect the retailer) over the last few years and have had to have the plastic casing replaced 3 times on warranty. Its cracked...
  68. D

    Which CO2 System

    Am looking to buy my first CO2 system for a Juwel Rio 180l. My lfs has the JBL pro flora M 1003 system on offer for £250. It's comes with a ph controller, 2kg cylinder, regulator etc. I wanted to ask if anyone has experience of this system and if they rate it well or not? does the ph...
  69. P

    Co2 standard regulator adaptor to use disposable threaded 16g bike co2

    Hello i was wondering if this is even possible, if i have a dual stage regulator for lets say co2art would there be an adaptor that will work with bicycle 16g co2?. There is a soda stream adaptor even maybe something like regulator > soda steam > 16gm or even paintball g320 adaptor to > 16 im...
  70. L

    CO2 Reactors vs Diffuser for large aquarium

    Hi All, I am new to this forum but I have been directed here for some useful advice. A little bit of research: I would like peoples opinions on CO2 reactors and Diffusers (ceramic) and which would be better for a large 6ft aquarium. I have read multiple threads on different forums, some...
  71. Matt Havens

    Fluval 88g

    I have recently purchased a Fluval 88g System. I have read up on it and apparently the disposable cartridges will drain my wallet even on a 60L. I do a little shooting with Air Rifles and use a pressurised (diving bottle) to fill them up with. I believe it is a 3 litre bottle. Would I be...
  72. Tomfish

    The answer to my never ending Co2 woes... A Surface skimmer?!

    I think something that isn't emphasised enough to beginners is the value of a surface skimmer. When you’re starting out there is a good chance that you are going to battle a bit (or more likely a lot) getting the light Co2 balance and flow just right, this leads to imperfect plant health, which...
  73. Ryan Young

    Fluval mini Co2 88g

    Hi all, Recently bought myself a Fluval mini Pressurized Co2 System (88g) and was planning on using it in a 30l cube to aid my 'cuba' carpet when I set the tank up. This is probably a really dumb question but if I don't ask I will never know. So do I have to use the tiny refill cartridges, i'm...
  74. Crusader58

    Think Bubble

    I recently installed a co2 pressurised injection system on my Roma 240L aquarium, I started by injecting at a rate of 2bps, but found I had to increase this to 4bps to maintain a nice green DC throughout the photo period. Initially I set the solenoid to come on 4hrs before lights on and shut off...
  75. Aqua Hero

    is this bleach okay to use for cleaning diffusers

    Is this bleach safe for cleaning diffusers http://www.tesco.com/groceries/product/details/?id=260550096
  76. aaron.c

    JBL Cristal Profi 1501 and External Reactors

    H Guys I have a JBL Cristal Profil e1501 in my Rio 125. I think the flow is pretty good for the most part. I have an issue with my CO2 though. I can not stand the misty lemonade look and want to replace the UP Inline Diffuser (which I find very unreliable) with an external reactor. Some...
  77. Gordon Hawkes

    Some Inital Questions With New Scape - Cycling, Glossostigma, CO2

    Hi everyone, Started setting up a nano tank the other day, here it is this evening: http://s14.postimg.org/ea832sooh/12421737_1011697872204903_1848457715_n.jpg You can see video which documents setup here: - Since the video I've perfected the lily pipe positioning and it's generally a little...
  78. Sudipto

    Plant load and CO2 saturation question from a newbie

    I have recently set up my 54 litre (2 feet by 1 by 1) aquarium with pressurised CO2. Initially for a few days my plant load inside the tank wasn't too high but I would nevertheless leave the CO2 on with lights for the Java fern and an anubias and some freshly planted Cuba. There would be...
  79. aaron.c

    Struggling a bit - can't work out why

    Howdy All I have a Rio 125 High Tech and I am really struggling. I think I have got everything right, but the plants tell me otherwise. I am after some ideas of where I might be going wrong and what I should try next. Please forgive the long post, but want to make sure I get everything in...
  80. naughtymoose

    Do fish become acclimatized to CO2?

    Hi folks. When adding new stock, is it a good idea to turn off CO2 for a few days? I added 6 Lampeye Tetras to Hobgoblin's Cave last week. 4 are already dead, 1 doesn't look too good. All existing stock is OK. Any thoughts?
  81. Aqua Hero

    GLUTARALDEHYDE solution good enough to grow DHG

    if i made a 1.5% solution of glutaraldehyde would that be enough to grow DHG
  82. A

    A Guide To Cylinder Connections

    Guide to cylinder connections Confused about cylinder types and connections? There are quite a few Different types of cylinder available for us to use in our aquariums and people are often confused as to which type of cylinder and what connections it may use. These can be split into 2 main...
  83. Lukmana91

    Thread fin Rainbow vs CO2

    Has anyone kept Threadfin Rainbow with CO2 setup? If so, how do you pull it off?
  84. Insectkiller2005

    Up Inline diffuser

    Hi has anyone tried to put the diffuser on the inlet of the external filter and if so how has it worked out for you ?
  85. LukeDaly

    High tech tank with sand substrate

    Hey guys, Starting a new build and this time I want to try out the dry start method with a reptile fogger mostly for mosses on my wood, although I do want to try out some other plants using the same method! I will be using compressed CO2 on a timer once flooded and EI dosing so my main...
  86. amateurfishkeeper

    Some questions and doubts about new CO2 setup

    I'm not a chemist or botanist so trying to understand the ideas behind use of CO2 in tank and how to find the sweet spot where things work well. I'm confused by the word diffusion. I have a 'diffuser' which creates a mist of fine bubbles and I'm trying to find a way to create good flow in the...
  87. Joel Smith

    What level should I aim for with my nitrates? And two other ?'s...

    Hi guys, I currently have a 90 gallon tank. Water is 77 degrees Fahrenheit. My CO2 runs from 9AM-7PM at about 4-5BPS, my LED runs 10AM-3PM(15min fade out), and my 2x54T5HO run 2:40PM-8PM. I dose all flourish products: excel (every other day), potassium and iron (once a week), and flourish...
  88. amateurfishkeeper

    Question about pressurised CO2 and water disturbance

    So I'm just wondering about this new CO2 set up I'm using. Can anyone clarify this doubt I have. If I have a spray bar returning water into the tank from an external filter is it true that it shouldn't create any water disturbance on the surface of the water? In other words, should I be angling...
  89. Jakwondo

    First co2 system fish safety tips

    Hi everyone I'm new to this site although I've visited many time this is my first post. I've been running tropical tanks for over ten years I've nearly always had live plants I've always wanted to use co2 but I'm scared of killing my fish( my tank is a rio 300 with with tetras and catfish all...
  90. amateurfishkeeper

    New to CO2 - question about returning water to the tank

    Hi everyone. New to this great site and finding it very useful and informative. I'm following the idea many have suggested of placing my diffuser right under the inlet pipe of my external filter (Eheim Ecco Pro). The bubbles rise nicely up into the filter. Question is about how the water...
  91. Joel Smith

    Some Plants Dying

    So I just went through the process of rescaping my 90Gal tank--from the ground up. I added 2x54 T5HO lights next to my Hagen LED, an additional API XP3 Large, and I added Fluorite sand and gravel substrate. I replaced some of my old plants and change my layout quite a bit, but a few of my...
  92. aaron.c

    The Dreaded Holiday :)

    Hey All I know there has been a lot of these posts in the past and I have read lots of them. I wanted to run my plan past you as a sense check more than anything really. We are going away for 8 days in a few weeks, and then for 15 days in August. My tank is pretty well planted at the moment...
  93. Joel Smith

    Lighting Help Please

    Hey folks, Just signed up, laying down my first post, and in need of help. I run a 90gal tank 48"Lx18"Dx24"H. Hooked up to it is a Rena filstar XP3 canister filter, semi-auto CO2 system, and then my light is a Fluval 32W Ultra light LED strip light. I have a variety of plants requiring...
  94. Joel Smith

    Lighting Help Please

    Hey folks, Just signed up, laying down my first post, and in need of help. I run a 90gal tank 48"Lx18"Dx24"H. Hooked up to it is a Rena filstar XP3 canister filter, semi-auto CO2 system, and then my light is a Fluval 32W Ultra light LED strip light. I have a variety of plants requiring...
  95. Mark D

    Inline Atomizer and inline heaters

    Can you use an inline atomizer on the same filter outlet pipe as an inline heater? If you can I am guessing the heater should be before the atomizer. Is that correct?
  96. Mark D

    CO2 Kit Recomendation

    I am currently upgrading my Rio 400 tanks (400l model, currently with 4x 54W T5 lights). I currently dose with Easy-life ferts (including EasyCarbo) For a 2nd phase of this upgrade I am looking into new lighting and a CO2 system to make increase the planting. For new lighting I am looking at...
  97. Zak Rafik

    Can an external canister filter be run with a separate pump? :-)

    Hi guys,:) Need your advice / input for my planted tank. I have read many posts here where having the spray bar length wise, especially for big tanks (pointing back to front of tank) creates: 1. Better flow in the tank 2. More efficient distribution of nutrients to plants. 3. More efficient...
  98. D

    Hey, 35yr Wrexham resident

    hey, just joined the group, I've read the forums for a long time and always found good advice and informative posts. While I've a rare day of I signed up to have a chat with like minded individuals, hit topic being the up atomiser. As above 35yrs Wrexham Manage a LFS Keen runner Place endurance...
  99. ianf

    CO2 Bottles, North Lincs-South Yorkshire

    Had a bit of an issue that is now (nearly) resolved. A couple of years back I obtained a CO2 bottle via Adams Gas after being assured that I could get refills locally. Unfortunately that turned out not to be the case any more and they wanted £36 (specialist courier) to just replace the bottle...
  100. P

    CO2 flow

    Hi, My tank measures 150 x 60 x 45 cm, and contains about 350 litres. It is lit by 3 85w T5s, with reflectors. The filter is an Eheim 2076, which is rated at 1650 litres/hour. The spray bar is at one of the short ends of the tank, about 15 cm below the waterline, with the holes pointing...
Top