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Old 10-04-2012, 11:31 PM   #31
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I just don't really see the point, once my carpet fills in I'll never see it. True it will look a bit better until then, but not enough to really justify it. Maybe on a future tank.
I think for plants I've basically chosen a background of a mixed Riccia and DHG carpet. I love the fact that I will be able to manipulate the Riccia's shape very precisely. Now my problem is I can't find anywhere to buy these plants! Any suggestions?
fair enough. but achoring plants can be nightmare sometimes without the powdered style
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:40 PM   #32
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Well let's hope for the best! It will at the very least help me appreciate powder type in the future, right?
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:33 PM   #33
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You'll be fine with regular Aquasoil. Just plant slowly and all things enough time to take solid root before doing anything drastic.
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:03 PM   #34
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Yeah ive planted HC before, it was tough but I was fine.
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:48 PM   #35
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Yeah ive planted HC before, it was tough but I was fine.
Planting HC honestly isn't that bad. Little .5"x.5" or so bunches, grab the bottom of the roots and just push down til the leaves are slightly indented in the soil. Being disrupted is HC's only enemy honestly. Amanos are a pain. When trying to get new HC established...so is higher flow on the substrate level.
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:20 PM   #36
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High flow is something I'm a bit worried about, as the tank is so shallow, but we'll see. I think it'll be fine.
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:35 PM   #37
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Since you're using lily pipes, there are always a couple different types you can use to adjust and spread flow. I think you'll be just fine, though.
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Yeah. Plants supplied by Frank ship out Monday. Untill they arrive it's pretty much a waiting game. I'll update when they arrive.
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:45 PM   #39
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I think it looks pretty great. awesome light and lily pipes too. I like the doaqua line. looking forward to seeing it planted and filled.
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:22 AM   #40
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Thanks man!
I have a quick question before I flood. What (approximately) should I set my BPS at? I understand this isn't something where there is a quick formula for figuring it out, and a drop checker would ultimately be the best option, but I don't have one of those, so essentially I'm just looking for a rough estimate that I can start with, which I will fine tune to my own requirements. (As I'm cycling I would like to put it higher than usual)
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Bubbles Per Second isn't really a thing. Each CO2 cylinder, each aquarium, each piece of equipment, each altitude and such is different.

Start with one bubble and watch your drop checker for a few hours. Then go up to two bubbles and so on.

Since you have no drop checker, you can't even roughly estimate how CO2-rich your water is. You'll need to get one if you want an easier row to hoe (at least until you get your CO2 dialed in).

During the "cycle"? With no livestock? Crank it up. No animals to kill, fewer worries.
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:32 PM   #42
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I've heard this before. It makes sense I guess. I've seen plenty of Nano tanks with pressurized co2 that don't have drop checkers. What do these people use?
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Most people only use drop checkers in the beginning to figure out where their CO2 levels need to be. Typically those new to CO2. It's a nice, cheap tool to have in the beginning.

Once you're comfortable and know where your system is, then it's no longer necessary and can be pulled from the tank or hidden from view.

Note: In many cases, people remove equipment from their tanks before taking photographs.
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Looks great, Hayden! I have the same lily pipes and co2 diffuser and love them. Can't wait to see it planted.
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Old 10-08-2012, 03:07 PM   #45
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Most people only use drop checkers in the beginning to figure out where their CO2 levels need to be. Typically those new to CO2. It's a nice, cheap tool to have in the beginning.

Once you're comfortable and know where your system is, then it's no longer necessary and can be pulled from the tank or hidden from view.

Note: In many cases, people remove equipment from their tanks before taking photographs.
Ok I kind of assumed this. Guess I'll be getting a drop checker..

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Looks great, Hayden! I have the same lily pipes and co2 diffuser and love them. Can't wait to see it planted.
Thanks! I just checked out your journal, same to you!
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