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Old 06-24-2016, 11:23 AM   #191
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Took the plunge and hopefully ordered a co2 line splitter and two in-line needle valves. Tempted to get a ceramic diffuser for the second co2 line just to get it going. Took a look behind the tank and there is power cords going everywhere. Family have given up asking why I just don't get plastic plants.
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Took the plunge and hopefully ordered a co2 line splitter and two in-line needle valves. Tempted to get a ceramic diffuser for the second co2 line just to get it going. Took a look behind the tank and there is power cords going everywhere. Family have given up asking why I just don't get plastic plants.

Would a spray bar not have been a better option to get co2 distributed evenly?


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Old 06-24-2016, 11:08 PM   #193
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It's a good thought as have been thinking on this myself as no real internal powerheads on right side of tank. Did look behind the tank at the maze of electrical cords and will have to colour code them back to the timers in the cabinet I think. I may have to .... gasp ... remove .... choke ... something electrical from the tank to make it easier.
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It's a good thought as have been thinking on this myself as no real internal powerheads on right side of tank. Did look behind the tank at the maze of electrical cords and will have to colour code them back to the timers in the cabinet I think. I may have to .... gasp ... remove .... choke ... something electrical from the tank to make it easier.

Haha I feel your pain. Fill the room with a spray bar! Haha.


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New glass drop checker in. Nice and easy to read, liking it better than the fluval ones. Kept the fluval sticker though. Started off blue and gradually went to green (an hour before co2 shut off!).

I did get a few drop checkers so I'm tempted to put one on the other side of tank 4ft away. Not sure if that is just being geek'ish??

Tested potassium and got 75ppm. Test kit is out of date but always seems to read between 60 to 130ppm so idk.
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Potassium for your stems?


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Yes, they seem to really suffer if I reduce potassium so generally try to stick to my planned dosing even though it seems high. I should test tap water and see if I get any reading on potassium - maybe that will check the test kit is still working.

The drop checker seems to be staying green even when the co2 is off. I need to properly check this on the weekend though. The new drop checker is much easier to read but I'm using the fluval drop checker solution (new bottle) and just have a suspicion that it isn't changing colour much.
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Not much to report. Somehow spent 2 hours on the tank today and looking at it tonight I'm tempted to do some major pruning next week. There are a few small clumps of BBA that need eradicating and the internal filter needs a clean too.


The java fern and melon sword look like they might have decided to grow after all. I'm thinking that if these do work out then in September holidays I'm going to pull out the ambulia and hygro and swap to some plants that aren't quite so high maintenance. Still waiting on the CO2 line splitter to arrive so no rush.
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It's a killer when you spend money and time and stuff dies.

Just remember to hide the bodies...and propagate what decides to live.


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True, true - gone through lots of plants to find the survivors.
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