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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-20-2017, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
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My 55 gallon has fallen victim to a busy life. Things are a little calmer as of now and I'm jumping at the opportunity to crank the tank up. Here are a few pics and some tank equipment stats.

Aquaticlife 2x54 T5HO with Flora sun bulbs.

Aquatop 526gph canister filter with inline hydor 300w heater.

Sunsun hw302 276gph canister filter. Just added a prototype reactor. Works AWESOME. Modifications needed though.

Co2 on 2 hours before lights and off 2 before lights out for now. Running aeration at lights out til lights on.

Any suggestions for improvement on layout or anything else are always welcome. Thanks for checking me out.
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Looks great! Really nice setup :-)
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Thank you. It has fallen behind. I keep things green but have bba on everything. I fixed my solenoid on my regulator today. It was sticking partially open when it was de-energized. Took the needle valve assembly off and then energized and de-energized the solenoid a few times. One more thing accomplished. I didn't know how long it was gonna be out of commission so I bought another regulator from nilocg to swap out for the time being. It's new and I'm excited to try it out.

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No leaks in the new co2 setup and still trying to figure out a good bps/surface agitation combo. I don't have any experience using a regulator with an adjustment for the working side pressure. My other one is set to 50 or 60 psi internally. Gonna have to hook up a spray bar to the output of my non co2 dispersing filter. Gonna clean and soak it for a bit before I put it on today. I also added some plants from a TPT source and we'll see how the pinks do. I did a 50%+ wc yesterday, and cleaned the main filter.
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I'll get a full tank shot today.
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Some trimmings to beef things up a little. Still working on new reactor, a new spray bar or two, and gonna start with fresh ferts. My ferts are a couple years old. Idk if they have a shelf life but I'm gonna do it since I already bought new ferts.
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No leaks in the new co2 setup and still trying to figure out a good bps/surface agitation combo. I don't have any experience using a regulator with an adjustment for the working side pressure. My other one is set to 50 or 60 psi internally. Gonna have to hook up a spray bar to the output of my non co2 dispersing filter. Gonna clean and soak it for a bit before I put it on today. I also added some plants from a TPT source and we'll see how the pinks do. I did a 50%+ wc yesterday, and cleaned the main filter.
I like to use as low PSI as I can and still have good adjust ability BPS wise. Low psi = less chance of leaks anywhere.
10-20 PSI should be plenty for a reactor. "high pressure" diffusers run at 30-40 psi.


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I will try that with the adjustable one. I am used to using the preset one with a finer needle valve. I was tempted to just put it back into use since I fixed it, but this has me curious. Thanks!

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I will try that with the adjustable one. I am used to using the preset one with a finer needle valve. I was tempted to just put it back into use since I fixed it, but this has me curious. Thanks!

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You will also get better adjust ability with lower PSI. Just pulling numbers out of my ass here, but you get the idea:

High PSI, slightly open needle valve = 5 bps

Low PSI, half open needle valve = 5 bps.


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Today was a productive day. I took my inline heater out of use with my big cannisters filter because I had it reduced to 1/2" from 3/4" for it. My other filter is sunsun 302 is now equipped with my inline heater and new / improved reactor. this is the only picture I got today because I ended up being able to pick up a dozen cardinal tetras so no co2 or lights today. Did my water change at 75% because I took out the huge moss ball and hacked a piece off the hardscape so it doesn't have as big of a footprint. Switch regulators back to the one I'm more used to. I want to use the one with adjustable working pressure on the tank I'm using an aquaclear hob to diffuse co2 with. All kinds of coals in the fire!
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Because it was a rare opportunity, I grabbed up a dozen more Cardinals for my tank so I have to cut back on the co2 for a bit. I cut back this week, but one is really puffy looking now. I have stressed them too much. Gonna blackout for a few days maybe. New trimmings doing well. Need to actually push the wisteria into the flourite. Lol. Replaced my bulbs too.
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Rip beautiful female cardinal tetra. Decided to do the blackout and a big water change. Found that one tetra dead. Lesson learned. Damn.
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Sorry for your loss. Nature can be very unpredicting at times...


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