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Old 08-11-2014, 03:55 PM   #1
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Giving pressurized co2 a try


So I have been unhappy with my growth rates with just excel and fertilizers for some time. I was also unhappy with my filter setup. Surfing Craigslist, I got a five pound co2 tank, homemade inline diffuser, fluval 405, about fifteen clumps of blyxa, thirty or so cherry shrimp, and a big blob of diandra for about 120. Not to brag or anything.

Got the co2 tank filled, ordered an aquatek regulator, got my hoses and a spray bar. I had a tiny leak in the co2 diffuser so I had to caulk it a bit but now everything is all hooked up. Not sure if this is how I was supposed to do it but with space being a big limiting factor, here she is:



So here's my starting picture. I've got some nasty algae going on right now and I have to admit that getting the co2 flow set right, somewhere between "not doing anything," and "your fish are all dead," is really difficult.









I will post progress pics in a couple of weeks.
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Had a major fail this morning. Big water spill. Got it cleaned up and temporarily working right but definitely am considering adding more metal hose clamps.

Meanwhile there is absolutely a point on the stem plants now that is the "after co2" point.
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Did a big rescape today. I took out all the plants and driftwood. Did a hydrogen peroxide dip and scrubbed the wood then replanted everything in a slightly less chaotic fashion.

Water is still cloudy and the discus are so very upset right now.
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Looking really nice. Any plans on adding moss or something on the drift wood?
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" a spot on the plant that is definitely the 'after the co2 point'."

That's really cool! Gotta love that.
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Looking really nice. Any plans on adding moss or something on the drift wood?

I wish I could do moss. I think it usually dies in higher temperatures right? So far I have been trying to grow anubias on it. The co2 has made them explode
With root growth.
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Awesome deal. Tank looks great after the rescape
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Congratulations on the pressurized CO2. You just opened a whole new set of options for plants and hopefully took some frustration of the hobby out.

Did your leak happen at the inline diffuser?
I have a fluval canister and really enjoy it. The big downside I see with them is the ribbed tubing. It makes adapting anything to them a pain.
I have had success with jamming the rubber boot into 3/4" pvc fittings but it is in the tank for a spray bar so if it leaks slightly it isn't an issue.
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My problem was that I had the rubber hose connector from fluval under slightly too much vertical pressure because I was messing with the reactor (which, I have learned, should
Be vertical. I need to tinker with it some) and the rubber connector popped off the filter altogether. The outflow was siphoning water onto my living room floor at an alarming rate while I tried to hold it shut with my hands and yelled for help. Lol.
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Two slightly better pictures.
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My problem was that I had the rubber hose connector from fluval under slightly too much vertical pressure because I was messing with the reactor (which, I have learned, should
Be vertical. I need to tinker with it some) and the rubber connector popped off the filter altogether. The outflow was siphoning water onto my living room floor at an alarming rate while I tried to hold it shut with my hands and yelled for help. Lol.
Ha! Always go for the rapid unplug.

When I got my fluval, I had the rubber sealant in the wrong groove so while I had the top part locked down via the handles, with the rubber seal installed wrong...the filter still turned on but tons of water came pouring out of the space on top of the fact I had not filled the canister with water first so the water level in my tank dropped at like a gallon per second and almost the same amount simultaneously fell onto my carpet.

That was a pretty funny initiation into canister filters for me.
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Oh no! Have you ever put the hoses on backwards so the inflow strainer blows off and starts shooting water everywhere? Lol. That's another good one.

Anyway after approximately three hours of tinkering and going out for more hose and connectors I think I have this right now.
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Update: massive die back following the hydrogen peroxide dip occurred slowly over the course of several weeks. Got depressed and went into a holding pattern for a while waiting for things to get better. Plants seemed to be Ina. Holding pattern on the verge of death.

This Saturday I went to see my local planted tank guru and came home with more cuttings and plants (literally) than I have square inches open on the tank bottom. Shoulda taken pics of how much there was. I kept planting and planting and then I would think I was done and there would be a huge glob
Of blyxa or rotala just floating waiting for me. I had to throw in the towel when I could walk my fingers around the bottom without feeling any substrate. Atill had probably fifty stems of rotala left at that point. Took them to my cousins house.

So I am basically re starting as of Saturday. I have a powerhead arriving in the mail today to help increase flow. I am stopping the liquid fertilizers for a little while and added phosguard to my filter last week in the hopes of taming the diatoms. Not much progress so far though.

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I think I have more diatoms since adding eh phosguard. Is that even possible?
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