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post #31 of 90 (permalink) Old 12-30-2011, 05:32 AM Thread Starter
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That co2 reactor is going to cut down on the flow of that filter by a lot because of it's small connections. If you decide to change it up in the future, go with a 16/22mm Inline Atomizer from GLA...you won't be disappointed.

Nice tank, can't wait to see it stocked.
I am not thrilled with some aspects of the Ista Mix Max reactor. It was a pain to get sealed. Are you referring to this GLA product?

http://greenleafaquariums.com/co2-di...ffuser-16.html

If so, I may just take you up on that advise in the future. Do you have one? How do you like it? How big are the CO2 bubbles that exit the canister?

Thanks in advance!

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or just feed the co2 into your filter intake, which is what i'm doing now.

i've got a 75G + 56g+ 12G eclipse in my 800 sq ft. apartment :P
Does this method hurt your filter by making it do air particles? Does the CO2 hurt the beneficial bacteria inside the canister?
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I am not thrilled with some aspects of the Ista Mix Max reactor. It was a pain to get sealed. Are you referring to this GLA product?

http://greenleafaquariums.com/co2-di...ffuser-16.html

If so, I may just take you up on that advise in the future. Do you have one? How do you like it? How big are the CO2 bubbles that exit the canister?

Thanks in advance!



Does this method hurt your filter by making it do air particles? Does the CO2 hurt the beneficial bacteria inside the canister?
Yes, that is it. I will never get anything else for co2 distribution. I have one right now on my 100g and it produces no bubbles because my FX5 has a high flow rate. When I had one on my Eheim 2217 in my 55g tank, it made the water look like 7up. I actually like the sparkling water look, so it was no big deal to me.

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Does this method hurt your filter by making it do air particles? Does the CO2 hurt the beneficial bacteria inside the canister?
some folks think it does, but no one has any evidence of such. i've yet to see any adverse effects to my fluval g6.
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I appreciate the feedback fellas!
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post #35 of 90 (permalink) Old 12-31-2011, 05:51 AM Thread Starter
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I planted the tank this evening! I approached this tank the same as I did with my 29 gallon planted tank, which is the German Method. My LFS owner is a believer and he has made me a believer as well because of the success I have had with my 29. My LFS owner also gave me a book titled "The Optimal Aquarium", which outlines this method I believe. I am going to start reading it this weekend. Here is a link to the book I am talking about on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Optimum-Aquari.../dp/3925916024

Some of the plants are temporary to ensure they absorb any excess nutrients to help aid in the fight against a algae bloom. I actually like the plants with the exception of Hornwart.

On to some pictures:

Detail shot:

IMG_6288 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr

A little further back shot, showing all of the right side of the front of the tank:

IMG_6287 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr

A shot showing all of the left side of the front of the tank:

IMG_6286 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr

Right side:

IMG_6289 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr

Left Side:

IMG_6290 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr

Finally...
FTS:

IMG_6284 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr
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Tank Update:

I added three Banana Plants today. I also picked up Mag-Float glass cleaner.

A few pics:

Water Sprit:

IMG_6311 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr


IMG_6356 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr

Rotala Rainbow:

IMG_6310 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr


IMG_6358 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr

Glasso:

IMG_6305 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr

Banana Plant:

IMG_6301 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr

Not all fun and games in the 75 at the moment though... I bet I have removed five of snails.


IMG_6367 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr

I have some algae in the tank as well. I believe this is brown algae:

IMG_6363 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr

Not sure what this is but maybe Blue Green Algae. It is making some of my driftwood turn green

IMG_6365 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr

Hair Algae (I believe) on some of the Glasso:

IMG_6364 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr

Full Tank Shot:

IMG_6291 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr

Some of the fish from my 29 that are awaiting the cycling process to finish on the 75 so they can move over to it.

Male German Blue Ram:

IMG_6382 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr

Red Head Angel:

IMG_6343 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr

And a full tank shot of the 29:

IMG_6292 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr
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Epic piece of wood in the 75 gallon! It looks really amazing, I love how it goes into the substrate as well as out the top. Sorry if you mentioned it already, but did you collect the wood yourself?

Really great pics too, that one of the ram is stunning.

Job well done!!
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I enjoyed your video, love the 75 lay out and look! Man you look and sound so young hard to believe you are married! Maybe because, I am 42 and still just living in sin and just shacking up!

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what are you shooting with btw? both still & video?
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Epic piece of wood in the 75 gallon! It looks really amazing, I love how it goes into the substrate as well as out the top. Sorry if you mentioned it already, but did you collect the wood yourself?

Really great pics too, that one of the ram is stunning.

Job well done!!
I purchased the driftwood from my LFS. I have roughly $115.00 in the driftwood for the entire tank.

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I enjoyed your video, love the 75 lay out and look! Man you look and sound so young hard to believe you are married! Maybe because, I am 42 and still just living in sin and just shacking up!
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what are you shooting with btw? both still & video?
I shoot stills with a Canon 50D with a variety of lenses. I shot most of the last set with either a Canon 10-22mm f3.5-4.5 and a Canon 60mm f2.8 macro lens. I used a off camera 580exII for flash on the macro shots. The flash was triggered and controlled by a set of Pocket Wizard Flex TT5's. For video I am just using my iPhone 4S. It does the job but it is not great. It jumps white balance, slow and inaccurate to focus. The viewfinder is also not 100% accurate.
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Tank Update:

The tank has fish! I placed three Oto catfish for a cleanup crew and moved my two tank raised Sterbi Cory's into the 75.

Pictures of the new inhabitants:

IMG_6411 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr


IMG_6421 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr


IMG_6437 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr

Pearling is a regular occurrence in this tank:

IMG_6418 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr

FTS:

IMG_6449 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr

I also had to order a new inline CO2 diffuser for the system. I ordered a Green Leaf Aquarium 16/22mm inline diffuser because the Ista Mix Max reactor has to be stepped down in hose size and it is a pain to keep from dripping if you ever touch it. I have hose clamps and Teflon tape on it and if you leave it alone it is fine, but if you move the hose to work on the system it drips.

Questions, Comments, Questions, let me know.
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Tank Update:

I installed the GLA in line diffuser tonight with the help of my wife. It is much smaller than the Ista Mix Max reactor. I also ordered a few other little things from Orlando at GLA.

* Bubble counter fluid
* Acid like detergent cleaner for when the diffuser needs cleaned
* GLA CO2 hose

Pictures:

IMG_6455 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr


IMG_6452 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr


IMG_6453 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr

The tank is now populated by my pair of German Blue Rams, two Oto catfish, and two tank raised Sterbi Corey's.

IMG_6460 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr


IMG_6459 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr

The tank is now at 85 degrees after raising it slowly over the course of the last few days. It was at 81 before. I bumped the temp to get it closer to being ready for some discus.

That's about it!
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Sorry about the lack of updates! I have a few update pictures for those interested.

2-5-12

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