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Forum: Equipment Today, 04:19 AM
Replies: 9
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Posted By Darkblade48
No, that is about the going rate. There are more...

No, that is about the going rate. There are more expensive ones out there ;)
Forum: DIY Today, 04:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 435
Posted By Darkblade48
I'm not sure if this was meant as a question or a...

I'm not sure if this was meant as a question or a statement.

I have not overdosed with DIY CO2 before, when I was using it (for a couple of years). I then go fed up with the hassle of changing the...
Forum: Equipment Today, 12:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 199
Posted By Darkblade48
Why would you want the gas to stop coming out...

Why would you want the gas to stop coming out from the needle valve? You want to have some kind of adapter (a hose barb, for example) that will allow you to hook up airline tubing to your needle...
Forum: DIY Today, 12:51 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 435
Posted By Darkblade48
The ideal concentration of CO2 to have is 30 ppm....

The ideal concentration of CO2 to have is 30 ppm. You can probably get by with 10-20 ppm.

You could probably use that device with yeast/sugar too, though again, it's a $55 solution for something...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 01:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 102
Posted By Darkblade48
Adding CO2 will help your plants grow better. ...

Adding CO2 will help your plants grow better.

How large is your aquarium?
Forum: Plants Yesterday, 01:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 74
Posted By Darkblade48
Overdosing and direct contact will definitely...

Overdosing and direct contact will definitely harm Riccia fluitans in my experience.

If you are dosing it normally, it should be OK.
Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 12:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 215
Posted By Darkblade48
That shade of green is probably fine. If...

That shade of green is probably fine.

If you were using pressurized CO2, you could probably bump up your levels a bit more, but since you're using DIY CO2, it would be difficult to control...
Forum: DIY Yesterday, 12:11 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 435
Posted By Darkblade48
I am confused still how this system works. ...

I am confused still how this system works.

It says to fill the bottle with about 400-600 mL of water and 200 grams of citric acid. How is this solution drawn into the sodium bicarbonate bottle? I...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions Yesterday, 12:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 177
Posted By Darkblade48
I use Imgur. You can choose to make an...

I use Imgur.

You can choose to make an account, or upload images without an account.
Forum: Algae Yesterday, 12:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 242
Posted By Darkblade48
Yes, it most definitely is BBA.

Yes, it most definitely is BBA.
Forum: DIY 04-14-2014, 01:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 435
Posted By Darkblade48
I still think it is over engineering what should...

I still think it is over engineering what should be a simple system. I very much doubt that an acid/base reaction will last more than a day, much less 8 weeks.

Mix some vinegar and some baking...
Forum: Fish 04-14-2014, 10:29 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 104
Posted By Darkblade48
Looks like Neon Tetra Disease to me.

Looks like Neon Tetra Disease to me.
Forum: DIY 04-14-2014, 10:27 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 435
Posted By Darkblade48
Yes, this is definitely the case, but you will...

Yes, this is definitely the case, but you will need some method to store all that pressure. Do you trust a pop bottle to do that?

The problem with the acid/base reaction is that it will produce...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 04-14-2014, 08:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 345
Posted By Darkblade48
Might be Planaria. It might also be useful...

Might be Planaria.

It might also be useful to post your water parameter results, for future reference, rather than just say they are perfect.
Forum: DIY 04-14-2014, 08:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 131
Posted By Darkblade48
You'll notice that the construction of each valve...

You'll notice that the construction of each valve is different.

Toggle valve:

http://i.imgur.com/uL3yevCl.png

Metering valve:

http://i.imgur.com/fO5DRysl.png
Forum: Equipment 04-14-2014, 12:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 159
Posted By Darkblade48
2-3 bubbles per second, and on for how long a...

2-3 bubbles per second, and on for how long a day?

2.5 months at that rate for 8 hours a day seems a bit fast (you might have a leak).
Forum: DIY 04-13-2014, 11:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 177
Posted By Darkblade48
Even with citric acid and baking soda, you'd get...

Even with citric acid and baking soda, you'd get fluctuations, I'd guess.

This is the typical acid/base reaction, so once it has gone to reaction (which it does, relatively quickly), you would...
Forum: DIY 04-13-2014, 11:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 131
Posted By Darkblade48
As the name implies, wouldn't a toggle valve just...

As the name implies, wouldn't a toggle valve just be on/off position, and not actually be able to control flow?
Forum: DIY 04-13-2014, 11:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 435
Posted By Darkblade48
Depending on your aquarium size, it might be...

Depending on your aquarium size, it might be difficult to overdose on DIY CO2; in general, it does not generate a lot of CO2.

DIY CO2 is cheap, but a hassle to maintain, and can be expensive (both...
Forum: Equipment 04-13-2014, 06:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 410
Posted By Darkblade48
You should refill the cylinder when the high...

You should refill the cylinder when the high pressure gauge begins to fall. A full cylinder can be ~800 PSI, depending on temperature.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 04-12-2014, 03:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 254
Posted By Darkblade48
You should keep CO2 on for the duration your...

You should keep CO2 on for the duration your lights are on. Excel is not needed in this case.

Is only your Bacopa not doing well? What is your lighting and fertilization regimen like?
Forum: Plants 04-11-2014, 05:06 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 166
Posted By Darkblade48
That's a really thick (and healthy looking) HC...

That's a really thick (and healthy looking) HC carpet.

It will eventually uproot and float away, given its current condition.

Trimming it now will not help it anchor again (but in the future,...
Forum: Equipment 04-10-2014, 12:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 207
Posted By Darkblade48
Yes, they are 39W. 5 K(elvin) is just the...

Yes, they are 39W.

5 K(elvin) is just the colour temperature of the bulb. Using two bulbs will not give you 10,000 Kelvin.


3-4 bps sounds about right, though bubbles per second is only a...
Forum: Equipment 04-10-2014, 02:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 245
Posted By Darkblade48
Yes, the bleach that you use to wash clothes....

Yes, the bleach that you use to wash clothes. Clorox, Javex, the brand doesn't matter. I use no-name brand stuff, and it works just as well. Just make sure that it's 5% sodium hypochlorite (check the...
Forum: Equipment 04-10-2014, 01:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 174
Posted By Darkblade48
It can occur even without the aquarium running...

It can occur even without the aquarium running dry.

An extreme example:

Imagine the filter input is restricted to the diameter of airline tubing. The output remains the default diameter.
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