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Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 07:43 AM
Replies: 18
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Posted By exv152
Here is what I use. I know its a bit old school,...

Here is what I use. I know its a bit old school, but I used to keep discus so I know what it's like to worry about frying your fish. I've never had a single issue with mine, it's been 9 years and...
Forum: Equipment 12-25-2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 136
Posted By exv152
Agree with all the suggestions above. I would...

Agree with all the suggestions above. I would first take some soap and lather the connections on the regulator, bubble counter etc, to test for leaks.
Forum: Equipment 12-25-2014, 04:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 175
Posted By exv152
There's a fairly cheap dual stage regulator by...

There's a fairly cheap dual stage regulator by co2 art for $93 USD, who is also a sponsor here. As mentioned, that plus as large a co2 tank as you can get, plus a reactor, and you're laughing.
Forum: Equipment 12-25-2014, 04:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 249
Posted By exv152
Do a search on ebay for "SHERWOOD VALVE...

Do a search on ebay for "SHERWOOD VALVE GV32061-32 CGA 320 CARBON DIOXIDE" and you'll see they range in price from $25-$50 new. Plus you'll have to get the tank re-hydro tested for approx $30. In the...
Forum: Tank Journals 12-22-2014, 12:45 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,720
Posted By exv152
This is my favorite shot. Great tank!

This is my favorite shot. Great tank!
Forum: Equipment 12-21-2014, 12:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 308
Posted By exv152
I'd suggest getting a regular-sized regulator, as...

I'd suggest getting a regular-sized regulator, as opposed to a PB reg, and hook it up to either a 5lbs or 10lbs cylinder, which will last a lot longer than a 20 or 24oz PB cylinder for a relatively...
Forum: Equipment 12-21-2014, 12:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 139
Posted By exv152
It could be a couple of things. Does the safety...

It could be a couple of things. Does the safety valve shut off completely when you turn the co2 off, or does it stay open? The other things is you want to fully close the working pressure by turning...
Forum: Equipment 12-21-2014, 12:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 298
Posted By exv152
I've never tried it beside a tank, but it's...

I've never tried it beside a tank, but it's designed to go fully beneath the tank itself as it works on the siphon effect.
Forum: Tank Journals 12-20-2014, 09:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 379
Posted By exv152
The dual stage mini co2 art looks interesting for...

The dual stage mini co2 art looks interesting for a reasonable price. Or the GLA atomic regulator at also seems reasonable and fits nicely in a compact cabinet space.

For the rest, I would...
Forum: Tank Journals 12-20-2014, 06:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 379
Posted By exv152
I have a crinum in a 125g and it is one of my...

I have a crinum in a 125g and it is one of my favorite focal points, all of those plants will work well. Not that you need to, but if you treat yourself to anything else, treat yourself to a...
Forum: Tank Journals 12-20-2014, 06:48 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 12,927
Posted By exv152
Which BML fixture did you go with, maybe I missed...

Which BML fixture did you go with, maybe I missed this earlier, is it the dutch, iwagumi etc?
Forum: Equipment 12-20-2014, 03:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 276
Posted By exv152
Another option is to hard plumb the inline stuff...

Another option is to hard plumb the inline stuff with pvc so you can connect a series of ball valves to close the flow and single out any particular item for maintenance.
Forum: Equipment 12-18-2014, 04:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 424
Posted By exv152
Acrylic is a lot more clearer to look at,...

Acrylic is a lot more clearer to look at, stronger structurally, but scratches like crazy, even easier than starphire glass. Also, with a tank that size you can't do much with an acrylic tank that's...
Forum: Equipment 12-18-2014, 04:39 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 824
Posted By exv152
I'd definitely reinforce the inside of that...

I'd definitely reinforce the inside of that cabinet, if only for the peace of mind. Thick pieces of wood, or metal cabinet braces, or both combined should do the trick.
Forum: Equipment 12-18-2014, 04:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 189
Posted By exv152
I would suggest trying a product that's more...

I would suggest trying a product that's more current, the ma957 hasn't changed its design in a long time. Aquatek is in the same price range, the premium aquatek reg, or GLA atomic reg...
Forum: Equipment 12-17-2014, 07:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 309
Posted By exv152
I'd guess the maxijet 1200 might be a bit too...

I'd guess the maxijet 1200 might be a bit too much flow, maybe the MJ900 would work better, at 230 gph it's kind of in the middle. If you go with too much flow the bubbles will get burped out before...
Forum: Equipment 12-16-2014, 09:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 309
Posted By exv152
How long and wide is the reactor?

How long and wide is the reactor?
Forum: Equipment 12-16-2014, 06:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 309
Posted By exv152
A 2213 only pumps 116 gph, so I would agree, the...

A 2213 only pumps 116 gph, so I would agree, the noise and co2 buildup is most likely due to the low flow through the reactor. I wouldn't look at splitting the co2 just yet, as that would require two...
Forum: Equipment 12-15-2014, 12:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 316
Posted By exv152
With an 18w UV light and a fluval 406 canister...

With an 18w UV light and a fluval 406 canister filter, which has a flow rate of 383 gph, you're basically not getting any benefit from the UV light at all. You want to be in at least below 300gph for...
Forum: Equipment 12-14-2014, 04:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 316
Posted By exv152
I use a 24w green machine, and a 10w aquatop,...

I use a 24w green machine, and a 10w aquatop, both are great. UV is UV in the end, there isn't a whole lot of difference in the brands. As long as you get the right flow going through it, it will get...
Forum: Equipment 12-14-2014, 04:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 200
Posted By exv152
An extra check valve near the reactor is a good...

An extra check valve near the reactor is a good idea. I wouldn't rely at all on the built-in CV on the brass bubble counter.
Forum: Equipment 12-12-2014, 04:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 458
Posted By exv152
Any heater on a controller is ideal. I especially...

Any heater on a controller is ideal. I especially like the inline hydor heaters because it's less equipment in the tank.
Forum: Equipment 12-10-2014, 02:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 355
Posted By exv152
I have mineral oil in one of my bubble counters...

I have mineral oil in one of my bubble counters and it works well, so does glycerine, but you want to make sure it doesn't go up the line to the check valve and diffuser. You can do this by adding...
Forum: Equipment 12-10-2014, 02:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 289
Posted By exv152
Any type of media will work, but what works best...

Any type of media will work, but what works best with HOB filters for me are sponges. Easy for maintenance and cheap.
Forum: Equipment 12-09-2014, 05:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 215
Posted By exv152
I have 4 of these feeders, and they’re great....

I have 4 of these feeders, and they’re great. There isn’t much you can do, other than modify the opening of the feeder (ie drill a small whole in the door slider big enough for the 0.5mm). But the...
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