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post #31 of 123 (permalink) Old 08-21-2011, 12:55 AM
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Very nice setup, I am almost there on my pressurized CO2 just need the tank now and to complete the Cerges which will most likely be this weekend. I may get the tank Monday if I remember.
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post #32 of 123 (permalink) Old 08-21-2011, 02:49 AM Thread Starter
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$200 more and I'll have my 20# CO2 tank, EI ferts and Python water changer. Traffic ticket and dentist come first

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Just got my VTS450D based CO2 system running a couple of days ago and now my pressure relief valve just popped open and I can't run the regulator until I plug it

Why does this crap occur on the weekend? However I'm glad I was right next to it when it happened and not while we were out of the house for the day so my cats didn't get gassed from a 20# tank discharging unattended.

Off to find a 1/4" NPT plug.

BTW I did Bettatail's dual stage reg pressure test and it passed with flying colors the other day.

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Major bummer, but great you were home at the time.
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1/4" NPT plug to the rescue

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Looks like it's progressing nicely, hows the Cerges reactor working, is the gas getting totally disolved???
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Looks like it's progressing nicely, hows the Cerges reactor working, is the gas getting totally disolved???
100% efficiency even at 4bps. No bubbles get out. I'm not sure shutting off the CO2 at night is such a good idea. By the time the photo period starts up again, the drop checker goes from lime green to forest green. I'd just as soon keep it yellow to lime green.

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I use the CarbonDoser which is pretty much the same and it works well, I like to turn it on a hour before the lights come on to let it build up a little, my plants pearl all day everyday. I also use an air stone at night (bottom, back, 28 inches long) as soon as the lights go out and again shuts off a hour before lights on when the CO2 comes on, my plants and fish respond well to the added oxygen in the water, some of the fish like to sleep in the bubbles kinda like a sauna for us I guess.

It's been a while since you've posted a pic????
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My surface agitation is so good that I lose half of my CO2 during the dark period. When I was doing DIY yeasti-beastie CO2 24/7 that wasn't an issue. Once I can get it safely dialed up to yellow/lime green, I'll be happy. When it's yellow even my slowest growing plants are pearling so much you can see the bubble streams from across the room.

My tank @ 3 sqft just doesn't have enough substrate area to scape it the way I'd like it. I'll have to get a new FTS soon. Right now I'm having shade issues from that little bit of floating plant extras that have grown so thick that it's covering the left 1/3 of my surface and causing the stem plants under it to get kinda leggy. I'll just have to figure where to cram 'em in and take the shot this week. Got some mosses to attach to my manzanita too.

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Tall tanks are always hard to plant but are good to use floating plants and fish that like to swim at different levels, but the biggest problems is you can only reach the bottom during a water change.
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Yeppers... It's time for my next 50% water change this week.

Gotta order my EI ferts and Python style water changer asap as I hate the bucket brigade.

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Crap! Most of my Hygrophila pinnatifida just melted. Too much shade?

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Update: Trying to get some EI ferts ordered today so I can match the light and CO2 levels and get everything to optimum health.

I also noticed some new BBA on some of the floating plants. Just a small amount, but hopefully not the seeds of eventual destruction. I've tolerated the GSA as it wasn't killing the plants, just makes them less attractive. The GDA isn't a problem. Otos, SAE and Nerites keep it in check. GSA is more of a hassle as it is hard to even scrape it off the glass.

I'm leaving the CO2 on 24/7 now and the DC is lime green and holding steady. Plants pearl and stream bubbles during the 10 hr photo period. I'll try and nudge the DC to more yellow over the next few days. Don't want to screw this up for the fish's sake.

Got some work to do before I can post a FTS update this week.

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Your just going to make them grow faster and get more gsa, you'll be amazed (well I was) as it seem totally backwards to me, but after you start to dose the gsa will just start to clear.

This is the last EI dosing formula that plantbrain posted, it's been working good for me.

EI dosing for a 50 gallon tank:
2-3x a week:
1/2 teaspoon KNO3
1/8th teaspoon of the KH2P4
I think he meant KH2P04
Add K2SO4 after water change, say 1 teaspoon

CMS+B, I'd add 1 TABLE spoon into 500mls of water, 1 teaspoon of MgSO4(Epsom salt), dose 15mls 3x a week

The only thing I'm doing different is using Barr's gH Booster instead of the recommended K2S04.

One of my next projects is to up my lighting with 2 bulbs that have been out for a while and my plants should start growing like crazy.
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