'Eruption', my lockdown scape

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After much deliberation, I'm about to pick up an Aquael 1500, but in my search I did find the 2000 model for only £10 more (£170 including delivery) from amazon normally this size sells for around £200. I was very tempted to pick up the bigger model, but having done a quick calculation the 2000 model would provide far too much flow in my 60p even acounting for filter media and tubling reducers, but if any one was looking for the 2000 model they could pick up it for a little cheaper right now.
 
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After much deliberation, I'm about to pick up an Aquael 1500, but in my search I did find the 2000 model for only £10 more (£170 including delivery) from amazon normal this size sells for around £200. I was very tempted to pick up the bigger model, but having done a quick calculation the 2000 model would provide far too much flow in my 60p even acounting for filter media and tubling reducers, but if any one was looking for the 2000 model they could pick up it for a little cheaper right now.
got the 2000 for my 80p for 160€ shipped on amazon too. Can’t beat this price IMO:)
 

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Hiya cookies, wow your price is even better and here I thought i found it quite cheap 😅.

Btw thank you and everyone's input in helping me choosing a filter, ultimately it came down to cost, and flow rate as an Oase 350 didn't give quite as much while still costing alittle bit more.
 

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My replacement Aquael 1500 filter arrived yesterday :), and is now installed, well what can I say, this filter is really quiet! I am sat next to filter while writing this and had to check that filter is turned on :D, exactly what I was hoping for. I've had used some Eheim hose reducers but flow seems still seems be to sufficient that I feel confident enough remove the small pump I had in the tank.

Its not quite as beautiful as my previous stainless steel ADA filter, but the black finish isn't to bad, but certainly runs alot more quiter thou, which is one of the main reasons I replaced my filter. Hopefully the prefilter will be as easy to use as has been suggested. Changing the filter also meant I've been able to remove the step-down transformer that was needed for the ADA filter, which sometimes had an annoying buzzing noise 🙂.

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Since I'm here's a quick update picture of the tank, the Rotala seems to be recovering from the trim last week, and it wont be long before it's UG turn to gets a trims too. Other than the shrimp still no other liverstock, as not had time to pop over to my local aquarium store (The Abyss in Stockport).

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Unfortunately however I've had 2 set backs this week, I'd been away since Tuesday night and came back Sunday morning to find that my C02 had ran out while I'd been away. I also noticed that my twinstar M7 reactor was no longer working :arghh:, so got replacement reactor on order too.

I've notice that i now have a few strands of blue green algae :arghh:. Lack of C02, my twinstar no longer working and no nitrate dosing has probably all contributed on the onset of BGA.

The saving grace is I'd recently replaced my lights and when I did I'd also installed a dimmer unit which allows me to ramp up lighting levels throughout the day, so I've only have 100% of lights on for 2 hours of the day, when I'd previous had lights levels set to 100% all through light cycle.

Big water change and sucked up as much of the visible algae as possible, and reduced light level significantly, until i get my C02 back up an running hopefully as soon as possible. I actually have a secondary standby C02 canister (fire extinguisher type), but unfortunately my c02 regulator doesn't seem to be able regulate the pressure from the fire extinguisher.

I wasn't aware if this when I purchased it, that will teach me for buying a cheap C02 regulator off amazon :banghead:.

Pretty sure Excel not going to help deal with BGA, so may have to do a 3 day black out to get rid of it all, but will see how it goes.

Thanks for looking.
 
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I don’t know about Excel (or similar) and UG, but I’d likely not experiment

Note that Green Aqua have recently removed the Twinstar reactors from their tanks, as they felt it was affecting the moss longterm

 

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Note that Green Aqua have recently removed the Twinstar reactors from their tanks, as they felt it was affecting the moss longterm
Hiya Altro, I'd also seen the same Greenaqua video 😄, and was surprised that the twinstar sterilizer were effecting moss longterm, not something I'd read before 🤔.

I don't have much moss in the scape, only weeping has been left visible on index wood fingers 😅, as the moss didn't seem to take initially I covered most of it with HC.

The twinstar sterilizer inject alot of micro air bubbles, which I've read would have helped reduce the likelihoodly of BGA, and I also use it as a buffer to allow me to inject more C02 without harming the shrimp or any future livestock I may introduce.
 

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Nice to hear that your experience with the aquael is very good so far. :)
Tank is looking very nice ;)
 
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Note that Green Aqua have recently removed the Twinstar reactors from their tanks, as they felt it was affecting the moss longterm
Interesting, did they cover this in more detail in any video? Wonder what long term effect that was having?
 

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Interesting, did they cover this in more detail in any video? Wonder what long term effect that was having?
Not really, all that was mentioned was they noticed long term issues with moss using the twinstars sterilizer, so they have stopped using them 🤔.
 
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