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London, UK based. Sump systemised tanks.

Hi everyone, as I've been trawling through becoming intrigued as well as congested with info along the way I guess it's time to begin.

I've got my tanks set up and been running 3 years with fish and the odd plant. I'm awaiting my CO2 regulator so I can get on and install, (once I've worked out the best method that is suitable for my set up.

This is where I'm sure I can start to learn with others helpful input as to where I start and how I go about the process. I'm happy to look at YouTube vids or write ups, however any info which is good advice will help me.

Currently I've ordered the pro se elite regulator package from CO2Art, await delivery. I've ordered an additional manifold also, (why I don't know). I'm opting for 5kg fire extinguishers (just out of date), however other forum members from TFFuk are using them with no problems so far.

As my return is hard plumbed I've got bits and pieces in my package from CO2Art which I will need to find the best use as it won't be a standard inline install etc. My understanding so far will be to either opt for a reactor, or just place the diffuser next to the return pump intake.... I'm sure everyone understands, thanks for sticking with me. This is as far as I've learnt, opinions welcome!!!!

I'm looking at my options of flow meter as although the kit has a decent bubble counter/needle valve manifold, I've picked up flow meters may be better as I've got a bigger sizes tank... So yes with a bubble counter I won't be able to count if the bubbles will be streaming fast......

On this tank I use the apex Neptune controller so maybe gathering CO2 reading may be an option? Input welcomed...

The tank I will be setting up on is 5' Aqua Oak with sump system, hard plumbed herbie overflow. The return is hard plumbed and flows back into the tank via each end having an outlet so water spread is variable. The substrate is split via corrugated plastic with sand stand alone at the front and at the back is tetra complete substrata topped with gravel. (Tank is set up, just adding plants and CO2)

Feel free to jump in on hints and tips regarding emerged and submerged plant info, as I'm aware LFS sell non aquatic plants too........
I will even be happy to salvage and propagate my own plant culture, as I've seen is a good idea using propagator method *grin*

Below you will find some previous pictures of my efforts till now. It's been a challenge keeping plants but now it's time to go hard or go home

So basically fire away people and enjoy what may be a worth while hello.

Thanks, Ash.

Aqua oak tanks 4'x2'x2' & 5'x2'x2' both freshwater set up on apex Neptune systems.
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