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Old 07-29-2016, 09:35 AM   #241
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Yes, I must get started to finish

These plants in the tank centre are in for the chop. They just grow and grow - it's despicable.

But that is tonight's job list, prune plants and set up second co2 line
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The UK CO2 line splitter turned up from the UK. Exciting night.....

Check fits CO2 line - tick

Check fits onto existing fittings - tick

Turn on - gas leak

Re-check packet, find o-ring and better seal results - tick

Turn on properly - main valve now leaks

Fiddle around with o-ring and re-seat, try once more and all good

Now to setup the second CO2 reactor some time

Glad the UK came through for you! Good luck setting up the splitters. Hope it makes a difference.


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Thanks for the tip on this equipment store!

So glad I didn't throw out the packet before I saw the o-ring I don't know why the main solenoid connection to bottle played up. That O-ring looked fine.

So much nicer having needle valves too. All seems to work but I have to buy more co2 line today.

Filled a 10litre container with plants removed. Off to buy different plants today ( ).

Also removed the uv unit. The bulb was pretty old but I have left the power pack behind the tank for the moment just in case it was doing something and needs to be reconnected.

Tank looking very bare today.
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Tank is still pretty cloudy with all the changes and adding root tabs. Latest plant list below with two extra plant types (Aponogeton Crispus, Cryptocorine Balansae). They have some growing to do so fingers crossed!

The second tunze reactor is working fine. All looks setup ok there and was pretty quick to get it all going. There is an amazing amount of space in the tank now. It looks quite bare but at least next week I won't be pruning plants I'd say in the last few weeks about a 5gal or 20litre bucket of plants have been thrown out (that was tricky to explain how I was buying more plants after throwing out other plants ).

Re-planted some baby java fern plantlets. Hardly seemed worth the effort of small plant vs large fish but I thought I would try a few.

Plant list now:-
Vallisneria (narrow and broad leaf).
Ambulia.
Hygrophila polysperma.

Alternanthera reineckii (red alt)
Java Ferns (narrow leaf).
Melon Sword.

(Giant Hygro).
Rubra (stem plants)
Echinodorus augustifolia - Vesuvius (Corkscrew Sword)

Aponogeton Crispus
Cryptocorine Balansae
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Tank is still pretty cloudy with all the changes and adding root tabs. Latest plant list below with two extra plant types (Aponogeton Crispus, Cryptocorine Balansae). They have some growing to do so fingers crossed!

The second tunze reactor is working fine. All looks setup ok there and was pretty quick to get it all going. There is an amazing amount of space in the tank now. It looks quite bare but at least next week I won't be pruning plants I'd say in the last few weeks about a 5gal or 20litre bucket of plants have been thrown out (that was tricky to explain how I was buying more plants after throwing out other plants ).

Re-planted some baby java fern plantlets. Hardly seemed worth the effort of small plant vs large fish but I thought I would try a few.

Plant list now:-
Vallisneria (narrow and broad leaf).
Ambulia.
Hygrophila polysperma.

Alternanthera reineckii (red alt)
Java Ferns (narrow leaf).
Melon Sword.

(Giant Hygro).
Rubra (stem plants)
Echinodorus augustifolia - Vesuvius (Corkscrew Sword)

Aponogeton Crispus
Cryptocorine Balansae

Good stuff. Hope the new plants work ok. Let us know which do particularly well. I'm after some aponogeton crispus red for my tank but the supplier are out of stock.

Also keep me posted on the alternanthera. Had trouble with mine. Is this a new addition?

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I've probably had it for a year now but maybe grows an inch or two a month. After about 6 months I finally had to prune some so can't say it's been entirely successful. It has been trying to put out off/shoots and new growth but does suffer from low light at bottom of tank and GSA. Also small leaves but it hangs in there. Finally seems to have adjusted to the tank and older ones have put out rootlets.

Hoping with the extra CO2, I can try slightly more light. At the moment half the LED strip light is switched off still.
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Crypt Balansae should do well for you. It grows like a weed for. Me under low light. If you want to create new plants just place a rock on a leaf and the leaf will send new roots into the substrate where it is weighed down.

Tank looks great.
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Crypt Balansae should do well for you. It grows like a weed for. Me under low light. If you want to create new plants just place a rock on a leaf and the leaf will send new roots into the substrate where it is weighed down.

Tank looks great.

Thanks for the tip! Tempted to switch the second bank of LEDs on tonight but should measure par first.
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Noticed the Congo tetras are more flighty. I've lost one of the males Looked fine, I'm wondering if it ran into the glass as I've seen a few take off and bump along the glass.

Quite amazing, you would think 4ft gives a bit of length but not so for these.

Major water change and then check tank readings tonight planned.
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Water change went well.

The other co2(?) line splitters also turned up. The co2 line fits very well (had to cut it off) but they look a little too cheap (were only a few bucks each) and not sure if would handle pressure. Put them in the drawer with all the other junk
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