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Forum: Equipment Today, 05:01 AM
Replies: 2
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Posted By Darkblade48
Those (regulators used for making beer at home)...

Those (regulators used for making beer at home) will work for the purpose of regulating the gas that is coming out of CO2 cylinders.

It is definitely one possible route to get into pressurized...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Today, 01:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 212
Posted By Darkblade48
This is incorrect. This is correct. ...

This is incorrect.


This is correct.

Do not take chances; 55 gallons is a lot of water to have on your floor.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Today, 01:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 99
Posted By Darkblade48
I am not sure why you believe leaving activated...

I am not sure why you believe leaving activated charcoal in your filter will affect CO2 injection.

That being said, however, most people do not use activated charcoal as its adsorption (not...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Today, 01:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 71
Posted By Darkblade48
I must say, I was scratching my head trying to...

I must say, I was scratching my head trying to figure out what "c12" was for the longest time. Then I realized you must have been trying to write "chlorine", abbreviated as Cl2 (lower case L,...
Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 11:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 170
Posted By Darkblade48
I think those are just calcium deposits. ...

I think those are just calcium deposits.

After shutting off your filter and the ensuring that the quick disconnects are off, try disconnecting your filter and checking the areas that have hard...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 07-20-2014, 08:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 195
Posted By Darkblade48
Looks like a Red Cherry Shrimp to me. They...

Looks like a Red Cherry Shrimp to me.

They are fairly hardy and don't need particularly fastidious water conditions (I used to keep mine in regular tap water).
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-18-2014, 06:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 132
Posted By Darkblade48
Fertilizers are completely different from CO2, so...

Fertilizers are completely different from CO2, so you cannot use it to "replace" CO2.

Excel acts as a CO2 substitute, however.

Regarding dosing, there are various fertilization regimens that...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-18-2014, 02:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 135
Posted By Darkblade48
There should be an expiration date printed on the...

There should be an expiration date printed on the test kits themselves.

However, that being said, you can probably junk the test kits you have, since they are fairly old.

There are a few tests...
Forum: Equipment 07-18-2014, 10:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 223
Posted By Darkblade48
In addition to what has been mentioned above, it...

In addition to what has been mentioned above, it does not appear the setup contains a needle valve.
Forum: Equipment 07-17-2014, 02:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 138
Posted By Darkblade48
You will need some way to split your CO2 (i.e....

You will need some way to split your CO2 (i.e. using a Y or a T). As you are already aware, you will also need a second needle valve. Don't forget you'll also need another check valve, airline...
Forum: Substrate 07-17-2014, 02:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 340
Posted By Darkblade48
It will probably remain cloudy for a few more...

It will probably remain cloudy for a few more days.

Patience is one of the biggest things this hobby requires.
Forum: Plants 07-17-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 123
Posted By Darkblade48
There is nothing wrong with starting...

There is nothing wrong with starting fertilization immediately.
Forum: Algae 07-17-2014, 12:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 135
Posted By Darkblade48
Sounds like you might have BBA. What kind of...

Sounds like you might have BBA.

What kind of lighting do you have and how large is your aquarium? More likely than not, the reason you have BBA is because you are not fertilizing enough. Once a...
Forum: Substrate 07-17-2014, 12:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 340
Posted By Darkblade48
Perfectly normal; give it about a week to settle...

Perfectly normal; give it about a week to settle down.

I was surprised when I first started using Flourite too, despite repeated washing.
Forum: Equipment 07-16-2014, 01:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 273
Posted By Darkblade48
Swagelok makes excellent metering valves, but you...

Swagelok makes excellent metering valves, but you need to know what you are purchasing (not all valves are created the same). Some are made for different purposes (e.g. higher flow) and would not be...
Forum: Algae 07-16-2014, 01:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 224
Posted By Darkblade48
Without water parameters or an image of the...

Without water parameters or an image of the algae, it is hard to diagnose what might be wrong.

If you could provide this information, someone might be able to help. Your lighting parameters...
Forum: Equipment 07-15-2014, 06:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 234
Posted By Darkblade48
It might matter; I personally have my CO2 and...

It might matter; I personally have my CO2 and lights on two separate timers (with the CO2 turning on an hour before the lights, and off an hour before the lights) just because I had multiple timers...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-15-2014, 06:43 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 108
Posted By Darkblade48
What was your pH originally and what is it now? ...

What was your pH originally and what is it now?

Are you sure your pH was less than 6? This would indicate that it is severely acidic and that something is wrong inside your aquarium.

Adding a...
Forum: Equipment 07-15-2014, 01:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 158
Posted By Darkblade48
Lovely aquarium you have. Regarding your CO2...

Lovely aquarium you have.

Regarding your CO2 questions, bubbles per second (BPS) is not an accurate measure of CO2 by any means. As you have already likely realized, the size of bubbles can vary...
Forum: Algae 07-15-2014, 01:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 391
Posted By Darkblade48
Shrimp and fish may pick at it and eat it, so you...

Shrimp and fish may pick at it and eat it, so you can leave it in or just manually remove.

I usually am lazy and just leave it in, and it goes away on its own.
Forum: Equipment 07-15-2014, 01:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 234
Posted By Darkblade48
You can have it on the same timer or a different...

You can have it on the same timer or a different one, it doesn't really matter.

Most solenoids, even after closing, will take a bit of time to diffuse any remaining CO2.

As long as your CO2...
Forum: Algae 07-14-2014, 08:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 150
Posted By Darkblade48
What kind of fertilizers and how much are you...

What kind of fertilizers and how much are you dosing?

Do you have a picture of your suspected algae?
Forum: Algae 07-14-2014, 08:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 180
Posted By Darkblade48
Better get rid of the underlying cause quickly,...

Better get rid of the underlying cause quickly, or else you'll find it growing everywhere else :)
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 07-14-2014, 07:55 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 383
Posted By Darkblade48
Darn, GraphicGr8s beat me to all of them! ...

Darn, GraphicGr8s beat me to all of them!

Though I'll admit, I was a bit stumped on the apples and oranges one.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-14-2014, 01:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 171
Posted By Darkblade48
Yes, you can use Flourish Iron and Flourish...

Yes, you can use Flourish Iron and Flourish Potassium with CSM+B, however, there really is no need for the former, as CSM+B will provide the iron that is required. Furthermore, it is much more...
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