Got back from my vacation and have been pretty busy since. Got the tank planted and regulator built too! Bear with me, this may be a long post...
Got all the pieces to build the regulator. Since the needle valve had Swagelok fitting I decided to go with all Swagelok pieces.
Here are all the pieces layer out (Opposite side of actual output).
Here are the plants I bought. I didn't want to wait to get any shipped, so I didn't get exactly what I wanted, but pretty much. The HC pots came with some other plants that I used as well. We will see how they grow in.
Hemianthus Callitrichoides 'Cuba'
Juncus Repens (The lady accidentally gave me this one instead of another pot of Lilaoepsis)
Cyperus Helferi (?? There was no label at the store)
Ammania sp. 'Bonsai' (Also known as Rotala Indica)
Crytpcoryne Becketti 'Petchii'
Echinodorus 'Red Flame'
I found it pretty difficult to plant the stuff in the ADA Aqua Soil. I also wrecked a lot of my slopes, but i figured that may happen. I will fix it once the plants start to take root. I thought that I had everything well in the soil, but after I filled, a bunch of them came up. I used crumpled up paper to fill, finally finished everything at 1am in the morning tuesday. At this point, I didn't have CO2 tank filled yet, so I used Excel for the first two days.
The morning after, no more bunches came up, yay!
After the first water change. I will be trimming that Ammania down once it roots. At this point, everything wants to float still so I don't want to touch anything. I tried replanting some HC and another bunch comes up, so I will leave it.
After second water change. Got the CO2 in too! My diffuser is not working very well though. There are only bubbles coming out in one area and they are large... anybody have any ideas? Could I have wrecked by putting too much flow of CO2 through it?
I installed the supplied ADA check valve inline before the bubble counter. This morning there was water in the line up till that point. Is this normal? Is there a leak in my system? I think I will leak check it tonight to make sure there are none.
And one last thing, I am having trouble keeping the bubbles at a constant rate. I had to turn my regulator outlet pressure to less than 10 psi and then the needle valve doesn't seem to change the flow. Is this normal, or does it take a while for the change to take affect once I turn the needle valve?
I think I may have seen some type of algae yesterday. It looked like hair algae. Will take picture of it if there is some of it tonight.
Till next update,