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post #16 of 79 (permalink) Old 06-23-2016, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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It maybe those, are they bad for aquarium? I do see that if I rub some of the dark spots on the rock, I do end up with some brown residue on my fingers.

Not sure if the rock would be limestone since it did not react to vinegar. Poured it all over all 3 rocks and nothing happened.

But yeah I'm really not sure what kind of rock it is lol. It's fairly light green, kind of pastel color, with veins or just big spots of black/dark brown. I'll take some pictures in a bit and post.


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Here are some shots of the rocks.





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Well took them out, since they seem suspicious lol


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Well first vineagar sometimes isn't strong enough. Use Muratic acid (be very careful btw)
The "Acid Test" for Carbonate Minerals and Carbonate Rocks

To be honest the only rocks I trust are granite, slate, and some quartz and basalts..
and can't really tell from a picture though.
Only worry is you want to keep discus.. soo....

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strange that you have to use 100 micron or smaller to catch all the dust, my 200 micron do just fine and my water is crystal clear.
don't know about your tap parameters but discus require very soft water, so you might need is after all.

I might be dutch but I don't have a dutch scape.


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100m wasn't catching all the dust from then sand. Some would come through and settle on the sump floor. More would come off the sock when I would remove it from the water. For normal fish waste it be fine, this was just too tiny to catch reliably.


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So I have this NextReef MR1 reactor that I would like to convert for CO2 use. Basically I would just reverse normal direction of flow, so that pump would push water at the top and it would flow out through the opening in the tube that goes all the way to the bottom.

Question 1 - Are there any issues with CO2 being in touch with this sort of reactor? I think it's acrylic made.
Question 2 - Would small pump that comes with it be enough to mix in CO2 or would I end up with ever growing CO2 pocket at the top of the reactor without stronger pump?
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1, should be ok I don't see how CO2 could affect acrylic
2, more of a trail and error. If the pump is not strong enough just swap it out with a stronger one
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I run my co2 reactor with a tiny 80 GPH pump and it works fine. You actually want more contact time with the co2, so a small pump works, IMO, better than a big one.
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True, I'll just have to wait till I get the parts for CO2 setup and try it out and see if CO2 is accumulating at the top a lot.


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regarding the rocks, you can also leave em in a bucket for a week or so, test water when you first put em in, test em after a week (or longer if you have the patience), if anything has changed drastically - do not use.


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Been trying to decide on what plants I want, but lack of a good database (at least I haven't found one) making it hard lol. Saw one here, but I feel like it's missing a lot of plants and they aren't always sorted well.

Anything else out there, where I could sort by size, light, maybe color etc.?

In general I would probably like to have something creeping up/down wood and rocks(if I find rocks heh). Some smaller bushes here and there like crypts and anubias, saw some spiky little bushes of crass looking thing, whatever those are called ;P

And definitely would like to have more than just green colors!

Something like these maybe.





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Are these right things for root tabs?

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GTDGMHC

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0013OW4TW (I'm vegan, don't want to do gelatin ones)

I guess since I won't have any dirt etc in the substrate I should put something like that in there

Thanks!


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8lb of O+...mmm... just make sure your grandkids will have fish tanks too )) 8 lb will last forever
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Ok, thanks!

Well I do grow other plants, so I'm sure I'll be able to use it up hehe.


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