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A Rocky Garden

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Culprit3, Apr 24, 2017.

  1. Rachel Jo

    Rachel Jo Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I hope you are using some sort of regulator with your system Culprit3, as many of the pressurised cylinders contain well over 100 bar pressure, and you will need to reduce this pressure to around 1 bar or less for use with the Co2 system, otherwise you risk serious injury and damage to equipment
     

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  2. Culprit3

    Culprit3 Aspiring Aquascaper

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  3. Rachel Jo

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    Sorry Culprit3, that link is just bringing up a page on ebay, but I did see the item you posted a link to earlier, and yes, that is what you need, its called a regulator and reduces the pressure from the cylinder to a safe useable pressure
     
  4. Culprit3

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    Yeh Culprit3, that's exactly what you need, you may find that you need a second needle valve inline, on the low pressure side though, to control the flow more accurately to your bubble counter
     
  6. keithgh

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    Rachel

    Do you have a link where Culprit can buy a quality unit?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  7. Rachel Jo

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    I'm not Sure where in the world Culprit3 is, but in the uk, there is a company called Co2 Art. www.co2art.co.uk they sell quality equipment at reasonable prices
     
  8. Culprit3

    Culprit3 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I have two nice needle valves inline right now.
     
  9. ShadowMac

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    That is a good responsible decision. I would tell my younger brothers this or my young boys if they were your age as well. Hopefully by the time you have the ability to buy high end stuff you are well versed in growing plants and can really begin to expand your Aquascaping horizons.

    In regards to the regulator, it is hard to say since I have not used it. For the most part with diligence most equipment can work. The high end stuff provides piece of mind since it is much more reliable and usually not prone to various failures from things constructed with cheaper materials. For that price, if it were me, it wouldn't hurt to try it out ....particularly if your option is that or no reg with a solenoid. If you get something, let me know through PM and I will send you some parts to get you started. I have some atomizers and bubble counters that I do not use. Free of course ;)
     
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  10. keithgh

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    Culprit

    Looks like Shawn can certainly help you.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  11. Culprit3

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    Thank you so much! Its really encouraging to know that I am doing the right thing. When I get a little extra money in a week or two which I should be able to from doing extra work I will probably order it. Thank you again Shawn!!

    Time for an update on the dry start.

    Now that the baby tears has made the transition from immersed to emmersed, it looks super healthy and is growing roots very fast. The hydrocotyle is super lush and growing fast, and looks perfect in that section of the scape. The micro chain sword and dwarf sag aren't really doing anything but that was expected. The pictures don't do justice to how well its growing. Its actually very green and putting out lots of new leaves.
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  12. keithgh

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    Your plants are looking very healthy just make sure the higher substrate plants get sufficient moisture with extra misting.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  13. ShadowMac

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    roots are a good sign. Keep at it. DSM's generally fail because they are too moist, not too dry. Keep that in mind. As long as the soil looks moist and you have humidity on the glass you are in good shape.
     
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  14. Culprit3

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    Since those first two days I have had no more mold and that stuff I had went away. I air it out in the morning and at night and only spritz when it starts to dry out.
     
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    Its called look and listen to your tank it will tell you what to do.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  16. Culprit3

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    Got another pot of dwarf baby tears and planted it plantlet by plantlet. As soon as it settles in I'll have a carpet.

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    Looks good, i'd just say to jeep it well trimmed to keep the rocks from getting completely covered


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  18. Culprit3

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    Yeah, its amazing how much everything has grown! Especially the hydroctoyle. I need to do a huge trim on those .
     
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    Lucasgg is keep it well trimmed other wise you will lose all those rocks and it will just look like a mound of substrate with ground cover over it, not a good look at all.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  20. Culprit3

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    I trimmed the hydrocotyle way back.

    So I'm getting a canister filter. I have two options right now. 1. SunSun 602B canister filter from ebay. Max flow rate 105 gph. 2. Penn Plex Cascade 1000 canister filter off of craigslist that was used for saltwater. Max flow rate of 265 gph. Which would be better? The new sunsun or the used, bigger, penn plex cascade?
     
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