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DaleJr
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PostPosted: 2010.06.09(Wed)4:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fusion2002 wrote:
The upside down bottle is my CO2 reactor. It helps the CO2 dissolve into the water more efficiently so I don't loose a lot of gas. The actual CO2 line from my tank is going into the power head so the impeller chops up the bubbles before they enter the jar. The bottom of the jar has a scotch brite pad in it so it traps the larger bubbles in the jar so they disolve before exiting. I'll try to snap some closeups tonight.

I also need to do some cleaning and probably should have before I decided to snap pictures. The Cabomba is doing better but I cheated and purchased some new ones since the first batch died off. The new ones are doing much better.

I have considered a Pleco, I need to do some reading and make some decisions soon!



WOW dude you are pretty on top of this C02 stuff, LOL I take it THIS ISNT your first try with C02 HUH ...hahaha

I would like some more DETAILED info on your C02 setup, could you PM this?
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Fusion2002
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PostPosted: 2010.06.09(Wed)6:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually this is my first time with a CO2 system. I have spent a lot of time reading the forums here and reading different websites online to learn all about this stuff. It's really adicting! One thing I would add is that I really inderestimated the effectiveness of the Co2 reactor. I was running about 15 PPM without the reactor. Once I added the reactor my CO2 levels jumped to about 50 ppm! Its a good thing, since I was able to dial down the needle valve on my regulator but I was worried I'd harm the fish with CO2 levels that high. The plan is to keep adjusting my needle valve until I hit a safe 25 ppm or so.
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Caton
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PostPosted: 2010.06.09(Wed)13:31    Post subject: Reply with quote

40ppm is safe I assume, I heard from Tom Barr (Well known aquarist) that discus bred at 40ppm
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Fusion2002
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PostPosted: 2010.06.09(Wed)18:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

I made a quick video today of my tank. Please take a look if you have some time and send me feedback!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ty1_2t_fvWI

I also snapped a few more pictures.

Did the camera flash cause the red eye? Wink


School is in session


Can you spot the Otto? Smile
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Kaitswyn
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PostPosted: 2010.06.09(Wed)20:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, very detailed video! looks awesome
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rales12
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Location: Wyoming

PostPosted: 2010.06.10(Thu)0:41    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very detailed!! Nice. Smile

Do you fill your entire tank with R/O water?

I use those flakes as well. Wink

Looks good, man! Love those cardinals. Smile
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59FIFTY
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PostPosted: 2010.06.10(Thu)1:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

I liked the video! I see how the reactor really works now! and your tank must take forever to refill!!!
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PostPosted: 2010.08.20(Fri)17:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another update:

It has been a few months now. I had a lot of trouble getting my plants to gro at first. I discovered Tom Barr's Estimative Index dosing method for fertilizer and wow things have turned around. I'm dosing dry ferts now rather than premixed junk. My plants are starting to show explosive growth.

The Cabomba is starting to finally recovering, the needles aren't filling in on the existing ones, but I have nice green new ones coming in. The long one on the far left actually runs along the surface almost to the center of the tank.

I have not lost a single fish in months. I have massive pearling from my Val's and Amazon Sword.
I also picked up 5 Minor Tetras. My stocking list is :

24 Cardinal Tetras
6 Lemon Tetras
6 Rasboras
5 Minor Tetras
4 Otto's
1 Cherry Barb
1 Platy

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59FIFTY
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PostPosted: 2010.08.21(Sat)1:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow!!! Looks Great!!!
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Caton
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PostPosted: 2010.08.21(Sat)3:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fusion2002 wrote:
I discovered Tom Barr's Estimative Index dosing method for fertilizer and wow things have turned around.


Hehe, Not to rub it in but I am going to listen to hear him speak this September Smile


Great looking tank! That is some growth you have there! THAT IS A HUGE AMAZON SWORD!
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