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  1. Tank Journals
    Hey all, thought I’d finally start my own journal! My main tank has gone through 9 years worth of changes. From various low tech layouts, to high tech algae farm, to an attempt at high tech scaping, to now: a big rescape in a nature style with (hopefully) Dutch inspiration. Details: 200L Blue...
  2. CO2Art.us
    A new in-line diffuser does its job well. However, that ceramic element can become blocked over time, and the diffusion rate will slow down as a result. To prolong the lifetime of our in-line diffusers, we always recommend cleaning the ceramic element from time to time. View here for a quick...
  3. Equipment
    I'm finally getting back into aquascaping as I finally managed to set apart a good budget for a great tank. As such I went for the ADA 120p, waiting for pre-order through the store along with the cabinet. Tank, cabinet, co2 system and filters arrive on the 30th this month. Now I'm wondering how...
  4. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I know it has a limited effect compared to a typical set up, but that’s outside my ability for several different reasons. I tried looking this up already but they were all results from before 2020 and I don’t know if it holds true anymore. The only one I’ve used before was Flourish Excel, but I...
  5. Equipment
    For a while I have been using a needle wheel pump for my co2 diffusion and while it works well, I’m not convinced that just the mist is enough for my sumped setup, not to mention its unsightly. I have not been happy with my plant growth and have noticed some unsightly algae that I believe is due...
  6. Equipment
    Hi guys, So I finally got around to purchasing a clippard mouse solenoid valve, which multiple people recommended on this site. It has been working great for about 2 weeks but I just noticed it appeared to be leaking, upon taking it apart, I saw serious damage to the metal components inside. I...
  7. Algae
    I have a co2 supplemented tank, 21gal long, that recently started having some mild bba issues. I'll include close up pics of affected plants as well as some pics of my overall setup. I just can't figure out what's causing it, and it's only happening to plants in my front row, nothing else...
  8. Tank Journals
    After months of preparations and lots of sage advice from all of you, I recently started building a 30 gallon Waterbox Clear Mini tank in my home office. I have lots of reasons for wanting to take on this project, but the main one is to learn how to run and maintain the systems involved with a...
  9. Equipment
    Hi guys, I have a 10 gallon that has a co2 system but I'm not very consistent with turning the co2 on and off with my work schedule. I purchased a cheap solenoid to connect to my system a while back (an Fzone) but it broke within 3 days so I returned it. I'm looking for a simple solenoid...
  10. Plants
    Hello! I recently brought a couple cardinal plants at my local shop. I loved how purple they were but they've since started turning green. I read that the emerged plant has the purple and will turn green as it acclimates to being submerged. Any idea if there's a way to bring out the purple...
  11. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I am setting up a new brackish tank for a figure 8 puffer, and plan on trying some plants. I plan to try a few of the faster growing plants first to see how they do and will acclimate them from freshwater to brackish over at least a week or two if not more. I love planted tanks, and while I know...
  12. Plants
    I took a break after my cichlid died, as he was with me for 12 years. This time I have decided to add CO2 and go for a planted tank, and, as part of that process I have a flourite substrate, decent lighting, and a regulator / tank / etc on the way. The tank itself is a 29 gallon with a...
  13. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    Hi gurus, Question about my co2 level estimates… using API liquid tests and a drop checker 200l tank, in tank diffuser. Off gassed ph (tank water 36hrs in a cup) = 8.2 approx. Peak co2 ph (in tank) = 6.4 Big drop, isn’t it? Ph first thing in the morning before lights and co2 = 7.6 DC lime...
  14. General Planted Tank Discussion
    From what I've been told from family and friends vs this site, I'm unsure on what I need to do. For context, I have a 10gal. tank that has been set up for about 2 months. A month ago, I planted it and from what I can tell and see, the plants are healthy and growing. I have four baby black mollys...
  15. General Planted Tank Discussion
    After 6 months or so with my lilypipes + in line diffuser on my 55g along with many failing plants, I am going to mix things up a bit. I have installed a GLA reactor + full-length spray bar in my tank. Sample video of the setup here below. The water line is a little lower than I normally keep...
  16. Equipment
    I have a question regarding CO2 reactors and working pressures. So I have read in some other posts here on the forum that for reactors, you generally need less pressure to operate as the only pressure you need to overcome is the water pressure. How does one know if one has enough working...
  17. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I am considering setting up pressurized CO2 for my 10gallon and I want to do so with a 24oz paintball co2 tank. This question is about wether paintball CO2 is harmful in any way? I was looking to find a source near me (Maryland) that would refill my tank and the only place I found that will fill...
  18. Equipment
    1. I’ve seen others with diffusers placed lower in the tank. Will the CO2 reach the surface too quickly with the one I have, or is it ok? 2. Also, is the CO2 drop checker placed correctly? I wonder if it's too close to the diffuser and may artificially increase the reading. This is my...
  19. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hi, I started using a 24oz paintball co2 setup for my 5 gallon tank . Its my first co2 setup I have never done it before. On the first day the psi was around 830 but when I checked today it's showing more than 900 and the working psi is 50. Is it normal that the co2 setups show different...
  20. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    So guys. I didn't found post about overdosing your shrimps with CO2 in short time (not overnight) but more like extreme amount of CO2 in matter of minutes. It happened to me yesterday and it was really scary. How this can happen? I thought my CO2 tank is empty (gas stopped coming out) and I...
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