Hello, longtime listener, first time caller...I very much appreciate all of the tips I have received in my readings here.
I've recently put my first tank up in over 10 years which is also my first planted tank. Personally, I've got some real 'issues', so of course, I went the 'buy it, plant it, populate it, cycle it, replace everything' route. I've replaced the original filters I bought, the lights, some wood, heater... I even replaced the substrate one day. The tank may be next...
Amazingly, the only fish or plants I have lost have been by choice.
Anyway, what I've ended up with hardware wise is...
36g bow front (err)
Flourite dark + onyx sand which has mostly been pushed back with Azoo in the front
Coralife 4xT5 fixture with 2x10k 36w T5ho, 1x68k 18w T5, 1xColormax 18w T5
Eheim 2073, Poppy glass outtake
300w Hydor inline heater
5# Pressurized CO2 with Archaea regulator from AFA in SF. (2hours before lights on, 1hour before lights out)
The first question I have is that my bubble count does not seem consistent in the mornings at all. When i first check it in, it is usually at 1bps when i had it set at about 2.5bps prior. So before I try to exchange the regulator, is this maybe normal based on ambient temp?
Next question about flow/co2 distribution. When I look at the tanks at AFA, or some of the ADA tanks in youtube, there appears to be very little flow and actually, their diffusers are typically placed halfway up the tank and sending bubbles right to the top of the tank. This seems to go against everything I have read. Are they just over pumping in the co2 and are not concerned about loss, or have I missed something here?