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Old 11-28-2008, 04:54 PM   #31
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you could also try any floating plant (duckweed, water hycanth, red root floater, etc.), hornwort (its a floater but its a stem), and moss. you could also float riccia, and then anchor it when you get CO2. you could plant lotuses and swords and vals, too.
Ahh, good idea on the floating riccia. Hornwort grows like crazy doesn't it? The lotuses are awesome. I saw one in complexity's 75g tank that was really nice.

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Old 11-28-2008, 04:58 PM   #32
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Thanks for the advice! I think I will go ahead and get started with some of the plants you mentioned. Once my CO2 is up and running, I think my definites are Blyxa, Creeping Jenny, Hygrophila difformis, HM, and some type of rotala, and many others TBD.

Thanks for the heads up on the GLA videos too! Pressurized gas is a little scary considering I've already almost burned up a rug with just a submersible heater once (yeah) . But in all honesty, I'm not too worried.

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You can probably get away with adding these plants now with your current setup. They will grow slow for a while until you get your Christmas goodies, but then you will see a big difference once you add the CO2 and 65W PC light.

I agree with you on the lotus in Complexity's tank. I think everyone was envious of that specimen.
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Old 12-16-2008, 02:27 AM   #33
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Old 12-19-2008, 03:25 PM   #34
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Nope, still waiting to see what Santa brings. Expect some news Dec. 26th!
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Old 12-28-2008, 01:21 AM   #35
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Nope, still waiting to see what Santa brings. Expect some news Dec. 26th!
It's past the 26th
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Old 12-28-2008, 05:34 PM   #36
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Thanks for checking in ZTM... I hope you had a good Christmas!

The pictures say it all here. Believe it or not, this all came from my in-laws! Most of it came from GLA.

Aluminum CO2 cylinder, Milwaukee regulator, diffuser, brass check valve, dry ferts, new bulb for my light fixture, Hydor in-line heater.....I think thats it.

I can't wait to get all this hooked up, but I've got to repaint the stand(wife's instructions lol), move the tank to another room, and then I'll be set!



Many questions to come as I'm setting this up I'm sure.
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Ooooh looks fancy All I got was an Eheim 2213 I'm too cheap to go pressurized
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Old 12-31-2008, 11:28 PM   #38
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Well, I'm hooked up and ready to go. I just need to order a bunch of plants, and swap over the fish and a second XP1 from my ten gallon. Speaking of....
Here are a last few shots for my ten gallon, which really only served as a fish holder and fun little tank until I got the 29 up.....

The wisteria and the sword did really well in the ten gallon....




and here's the new tank stuff all hooked up.
Here's my regulator mid bubble.... Do these readings look about right? I'm confused... I'm going to load one more pic of the gauges in a sec and see if some people can help me out with the low pressure/ needle valve adjusting.



and the diffuser (but its only this strong when I'm blasting about 15 bps...is that normal? 3 bps gives barely a mist from one little corner of the disc.)




and I'm really excited about this heater!


Let me know what you think. I've got dry ferts and will try EI... but I'm still a little confused on the measuring. It's really hard to find something to measure 1/16 of a teaspoon. Is there an instrument for this or will I need to mix larger portions?

So I guess I should make some specs for this tank now huh?

Size: 29 gallons
Substrate: Eco-Complete, 4 bags
Filtration: 2 Rena XP 1's
Lighting: 30" 1x65W Coralife CF .. photoperiod TBD when I get plants.
Co2: Pressurized -Milwaukee MA 957 on timer with lights. Glass diffuser from GLA
Heater: Hydor in-line 200 W

Wish me luck! I'm hoping for good things thanks to the help from people on TPT! Now off to the Swap n Shop!!!!!!
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So do these levels look right? It says set the low pressure gauge to below 10. Does that mean the outside 10 or the inside 10? I'm assuming the inside ten. Do I get a little pressure on the main valve, and the adjust the needle valve counter clockwise until I get the right bps?

Any help would be appreciated!
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The area in gray is what you should be reading. the outside is metric measurement. Sorry can't help with the details of this regulator as I don't own the Milwaukee. Ask Orlando he was extremely helpful for setting up my paintball regulator.

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I'm not sure about the readings on the solenoid, but 15 bps is alot

I think the reason why 3 bps isn't producing alot of CO2 from the diffuser is because the diffuser hasn't been "worn in" yet. Maybe if you let 3 bps run for a couple of days, it'll...work
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The area in gray is what you should be reading. the outside is metric measurement. Sorry can't help with the details of this regulator as I don't own the Milwaukee. Ask Orlando he was extremely helpful for setting up my paintball regulator.

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Aha... I figured it was the gray area. Thanks for the help. I put a post under equipment too, at the risk of looking like an idiot , but I bet I'll get some help. Thanks Craig!

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I'm not sure about the readings on the solenoid, but 15 bps is alot

I think the reason why 3 bps isn't producing alot of CO2 from the diffuser is because the diffuser hasn't been "worn in" yet. Maybe if you let 3 bps run for a couple of days, it'll...work
I can always count on you to hit me back with a quickness when I need Maybe you're right about wearing in the diffuser.
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So do these levels look right? It says set the low pressure gauge to below 10. Does that mean the outside 10 or the inside 10? I'm assuming the inside ten. Do I get a little pressure on the main valve, and the adjust the needle valve counter clockwise until I get the right bps?

Any help would be appreciated!

My tank is just about empty when the left gauge reads 700 psi, full it's at 1000-1100.
It all depends on room temp though.

Be careful of the end of tank dump, that will kill fish fast.
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My tank is just about empty when the left gauge reads 700 psi, full it's at 1000-1100.
It all depends on room temp though.

Be careful of the end of tank dump, that will kill fish fast.
So, yours is empty at 700? Is it a 5 lb cylinder? I just got this one filled! Should I be worried?
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So, yours is empty at 700? Is it a 5 lb cylinder? I just got this one filled! Should I be worried?
Did you check all your connections with a soap solution. you should do this to make sure you don't have a leak somewhere. When I set up my tank the PSI was really low until the tank came to room temprature after filling it. Took about a day to for that to happen.

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