getting a fluval fx6 in the morning.. I think im going to modify the return to disperse the flow more evenly... mayby some sort of submersed spray bar....im thinking the provided dual output might create too much surface turbulence causing excessive gassing off of the CO2...something lower and spread out would disperse CO2 more evenly, without creating surface turbulance
Received my regulator and a bunch of plants today from OVT.... Spent the day setting it up.. Only ran into one glitch,, the ac adapter to the solenoid went out shortly after I turned it on. Managed to fabricate one out of an old tablet charger and a soldering gun... Set it up.. Everything runs great,, plants look awesome.... I'm on my way.. I can't wait to thicken this tank with tons of well manicured plants... Probably gonna be some redistribution going on as things grow... But looks awesome for now..... My original plan was 100% plants and fish,, no rocks or wood. I couldn't help myself though,, I put my favorite rock in it.. It's a fabulous piece of petrified rotten wood.
I may be jumping the gun,, but more than half the media in my fluval fx6 is established,, I also went ahead and kept the fluval 206 on the tank just until things stabilize.... It's fully cycled as well....
Anyhow, I ordered four german blue rams and four golden rams for the tank... Other than an Albino bristlenose Pleco I'm buying from the lfs,,, those should be the only fish in the tank... They arrive Friday... I have until then to work the bugs out.... Also ordered an inline water hose water softener... I read they like soft water... Going to have to find some way to lower my ph... It comes out of the tap at 8.0..maybe some peet moss.
I would not use the water softener or peat or anything else to affect your water. RO might be the only long term viable option, IMHO.
Rams in a 4-day old tank with new plants and with co2? Well, your tank, your fish, your money.
What are your ammonia, NO4, and NO3 at?
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My immediate ammonia was .5-.75.. I'll recheck it this morning... The media in the new filter is over a year old and well established. It should have tons of bio.. It was used on a large goldfish tank with really large goldfish... They're messy buggers... I'll keep a close eye on my parameters... Lots of water changes and lots of prime.... I'll buy some RO water, if that's the route I need to go... Buy a RO water maker once my wife let's me LOL
BTW I use the best, most porous media on the market,, cermedia.... It's incredible. I over filter everything... If need be, I have a large HOB, I can throw some carbon in.... I typically never use carbon... But in this situation if it'll help.. I'll do it