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Old 07-06-2016, 11:20 AM   #201
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The CO2 line splitter turned up (that was the good news). Unfortunately the barb in the end is too large and back to the drawing board . Lucky it was cheap.
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The CO2 line splitter turned up (that was the good news). Unfortunately the barb in the end is too large and back to the drawing board . Lucky it was cheap.

The perils of fish keeping.

The amount of redundant equipment I have lying around because it wasn't suitable for its intended use is ridiculous. Sending things back is such a chore!


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The perils of fish keeping.

The amount of redundant equipment I have lying around because it wasn't suitable for its intended use is ridiculous. Sending things back is such a chore!


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Lol - yes, it's not worth sending back so just goes into another drawer. So near and so far with that one. I was thinking I could cut the barb off but probably not worth the bother.

I guess I should clean out the drawers one day. I still have leftover gel capsules for diy root tabs that I hardly do anyone.

Switched off the co2 injection so I can see if the drop checker changes colour.

Do you know how long it should take for a drop checker to change from higher co2 to lower co2??
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I think the CO2 drop checker solution I have isn't working but would be handy to check. To me there is hardly any colour change? On the weekend I'll shift the drop checker closer to the CO2 injection point.


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CO2 on for 2 hours. I've looked at this drop checker a few times now at different times during the day and it just all looks green to me.



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When I had lots of limnophila and ludwigia repens at the surface and flow was impeded I got lots of algae. The algae formed around the bubble of the dropped checker and blocked adequate gas transfer in to the checker. The checker just stayed green all the time.

I haven't used a drop checker for a few weeks. After I culled the two aforementioned plants I thought things would improved (limnophila is a terrible weed) but it didn't. The plants looked sad so I upped co2 and they are happy again 🙂


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A few drop checker solutions were given to me over the week so I'm going to try them on the weekend.

But the rest of the family is going camping mid-week next week. So 'thinking' about getting half a dozen Java Ferns into the left side of tank. Then pulling out stem plants as the ferns grow.

Still to sort out a co2 line splitter. Going to try micro-brewery places on the weekend.
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A few drop checker solutions were given to me over the week so I'm going to try them on the weekend.

But the rest of the family is going camping mid-week next week. So 'thinking' about getting half a dozen Java Ferns into the left side of tank. Then pulling out stem plants as the ferns grow.

Still to sort out a co2 line splitter. Going to try micro-brewery places on the weekend.
Quite a sacrifice to try the micro breweries... lol

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Smart aesthetically but also practically, I have heard of mini cycles when removing large amounts of plant matter, had something of that nature happen to me but was a rather small tank. It is pretty amazing how great a job the plants do on processing the tank.
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A few drop checker solutions were given to me over the week so I'm going to try them on the weekend.

But the rest of the family is going camping mid-week next week. So 'thinking' about getting half a dozen Java Ferns into the left side of tank. Then pulling out stem plants as the ferns grow.

Still to sort out a co2 line splitter. Going to try micro-brewery places on the weekend.

Co2art.co.uk sell line splitters but I don't know if they ship to aus


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Co2art.co.uk sell line splitters but I don't know if they ship to aus

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Many thanks, I'll check them out. All the brewing shops stock gear for 6mm but I now know I need 4mm airline so any ideas welcome. Off to the fish shop tomorrow to look at plants Had to tough it out in the micro-breweries and stay focussed.
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No worries 🙂

http://www.co2art.co.uk/collections/aquarium-splitters

If you need larger tubing then these may be no good.

Why 6mm tubing btw?


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