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Old 07-31-2013, 09:10 PM   #46
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I might have to resort to that solution. Can you suggest any particular pump, inexpensive but efficient for the 220 gallon?
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Old 07-31-2013, 10:01 PM   #47
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Choice of pump really depends on if you want it in the tank or outside, and how much plumbing you're willing to do. The only really important factors are it being quiet and having a sturdy impeller that you can modify.
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Old 08-06-2013, 09:51 PM   #48
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Sorry to hear about your problems with the reactor. The Ista-mix brand (large size) one that I have dissolves CO2 perfectly and doesn't significantly cut down on the flow, though it's only on a 30 gallon tank (still, with the rate at which it drops the pH at only a moderate bubble count in my tank, I have to believe it would be effective even with a much bigger tank). Good luck getting your CO2 system up and running!
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:35 AM   #49
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I will definitely look into getting an Ista reactor and installing it on a pump submersed in the tank.
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:58 AM   #50
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Anubias barteri blossoms in the tank.

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Old 09-13-2013, 01:22 PM   #51
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Thanks, everyone, for your suggestions regarding reactors, particularly Ista Max Mix CO2 Reactor. I set up a large size one submersed in the tank connecting it to a small submersible pump. Both are placed behind the driftwood, not really visible. Although I am running CO2 pretty high, it's dissolving nearly 100 per cent of it. Clear water, almost no bubbles. The drop checker turned yellow within 2 hours.

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Old 09-13-2013, 02:32 PM   #52
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Got any full pictures of the tank as it is now?
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Old 09-13-2013, 02:37 PM   #53
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I'll take one when I get home this evening.
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Old 09-15-2013, 07:00 AM   #54
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The tank as it looks now, three months after the initial set up.



I took this picture before leaving for a week-long trip to Tunisia. I'll post another one for comparison upon return.

Plant list:
Alternanthera reineckii
Anubias barteri var. nana
Bacopa caroliniana
Blyxa japonica
Cryptocoryne beckettii
Cryptocoryne ciliata
Cryptocoryne crispulata var. balansae
Cryptocoryne wendtii
Echinodorus amazonicus
Hemianthus glomeratum
Heteranthera zosterifolia
Hydrocotyle tripartita
Hygrophila corymbosa
Hygrophila polysperma var. rosanervig
Limnophila aromatica
Limnophila splendens var. wavy
Lobelia cardinalis
Ludwigia repens
Lysimachia nummularia var. aurea
Nymphea zenkeri
Pogostemon helferi
Rotala rotundifolia
Staurogyne repens
Vallisneria spiralis
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Old 10-24-2013, 04:26 AM   #55
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Aquarium, as it looks on October 15, 2013, four months after the set-up.

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Old 10-24-2013, 03:31 PM   #56
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Looks awesome! Plants look great filled in.


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Old 10-24-2013, 03:38 PM   #57
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Thanks. I'm leaving that foreground for Staurogyne repens.
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Old 10-24-2013, 03:42 PM   #58
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That's one good looking soil tank. How many individual Anubias did you start with? Were you able to make it to AquaFest in DC this past weekend?
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Looking great!
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Old 10-24-2013, 04:14 PM   #60
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Thanks, Phil. I started with about 25 rhizomes, each with 6-8 leaves.

Unfortunately, I couldn't make it to the Aquafest. I believe it must have been an exciting event. Did you go?
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