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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-27-2004, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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HI,

I have a 30 Gal planted tank, DIY CO2 with Hagen diffuser,
2X40watts.. currently having 2 GE 9325K salt/fresh and 1 Hagen aqua glo and 1 Hagen power glo

I have two extra GE 9325 bulbs, should I use all 4 GE bulbs or keep 2 GE mixed with Hagen bulbs?

I ultimetly want to get my plants to produce air bubbles.. I added Plant Gro yesterday and still I don't have any bubbles.. what should I check/ Change/ Do???
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-27-2004, 11:23 PM
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How much water movement do you have? If there is too much you might not see it.
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I have a hang on filter.. is this what you mean?
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With only one hagen diffusor you may not have enough co2 present to get the plants to pearl. Check your ph and kh level to find your actual co2 concentrations. 20 to 30 ppm is recomended. Urkevitz is referring to the amount of surface agitation. The less motion (ripples) the better. The agitation makes it easier for co2 to escape from the water column.
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So you think I should not worry about the lights... just focus on the CO2..

how do you measure KH.. is there a test kit?
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there is 3 basic compenent co2, light, fertilizer(macro &micro)
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Yes Kh test kits are quite cheap, I love the Tetra one...

And try to stop any surface disturbance that would allow the CO2 to escape...

I don't think that 1 ladder is that little for a 30gal., sure you might not reach 20ppm, but there should still be some pearling, (if you manage to keep the CO2 in the water...
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How can I stop the surface disturbance when I have a hang on filter?
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Increase the water level so the outflow doesn't fall as far...disturbing less water.
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Increase the length of the outflow 'ramp' so that the water doesn't fall as far and splash as much. This can be done easily with a filter sponge stuck in the outflow, so water trickles through the sponge back into the tank, instead of having a waterfall effect.
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Ok I like the sponge idea... I will do that ..

I will check the KH tonight to determine my CO2.. I hope this is the limiting factor in my case.. coz I can always add another DIY CO2 bottle..

currently I have one 2 liter bottle hooked up to the Hagen ladder.. do you recommend using 2 bottles instead?
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I have 29 gallon eclipse three and it has so much surface agitation i need 4 two liter bottles to keep my CO2 above 10!
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Where in NJ?

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Hey Mike,

I am in east windsor... like an hour away from Hawthorne... If that is where you are..

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Yes Omar. I am in Hawthorne. George Willms, Jay Luto and Myself all live in North Jersey. I am glad to see another NJ guy here!

You have to fill us in on some of the LFS near you. Keep in touch with us! We could start to include you in some of our plant swaps sometime!

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Ok thats great Mike..

However I don't know the other 2 guys you mentioned... I am also very new to planted aquariums and even to aquariums... I am learning a lot though...

My 30 Gal planted aquarium is doing well .. I do have however green water for now... too much plant food.. I am hoping it will clear soon...

I would love to swap some plants as well... I believe I am having good plant growth for now...

How many tanks do you have at the moment and what kind of plants and fish?

As for the LFS I have only dealt with precious pets, they are right next to me and I haven't checked any one else excpet for petsmart... My LFS is usually more expensive than petsmart and they are very poor in plants..

Do you have any good LFS in your area?
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