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Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Orlandog7, Mar 16, 2016.

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What size tank is this?

  1. 2.5

    9.1%
  2. 5

    36.4%
  3. 10

    45.5%
  4. 20

    9.1%
  1. J Art

    J Art Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Has come a long way. Looks good!
     

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  2. Orlandog7

    Orlandog7 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Hello everyone. My LFS only had blyxxa, no monte carlo :( hopefully next week. Here is an updated picture...
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    A plant a day keeps the algae away. Keep planting.
     
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  4. ShadowMac

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    I have a ton of blyxxa ID mail you for just the cost of shipping

    sent from tapatalk on my phone so auto correct and other errors are bound to happen
     
  5. Orlandog7

    Orlandog7 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thanks Shawn! That is very generous of you. But I'm good on blyxxa. Just need to get some monte carlo. Thanks again.
     
  6. ShadowMac

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    @lucasgg got my monte carlo...I don't have much anymore.
     
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  7. Orlandog7

    Orlandog7 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Does anyone have experience with the TwinStar? I recently purchased a mini version and noticed that if the disk is placed horizontally, air bubbles accumulate underneath and less mist is produced. However, if I place the disk at a 45 degree angle, the air pockets do not accumulate underneath the disk, they escape up and the mist coming out of the the disk remains constant. I believe that the accumulation of air bubbles underneath the disk reduce the disk's contact with water and the disk needs water contact to produce the mist.
     
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    Hello everyone. So I've done some researching on cleaning the TwinStar plate and saw a picture from the TwinStar website where they placed the disk at at 45 degree angle, so I think I'm good on the placement. Now that it is at a 45 degree angle, I do not see air bubbles under the disk. Good! However, I have noticed a reduction in mist production and have noticed that the grid seems a bit dirty. So now my question is how to clean it? From what I've read, scrubbing is a no no as it strips the platinum coating. Bleach or citric acid are the advised solutions on the TwinStar website. From the other forums, it seems that vinegar and other solutions strip away the titanium coating and render the disk useless--break the disk coating. I think I will first try a bleach solution and if that doesn't work, I will try a citric acid solution.
     
  9. keithgh

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    Orlandog7

    I have used Citric Acid powder in Bathroom cleaning and it will remove the most stubborn stains but it does require several repeats, I leave it soaking for several hrs.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    I use bleach.

    sent from tapatalk on my phone so auto correct and other errors are bound to happen
     
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    Shawn

    What is the name of the Bleach you use?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Standard store bought Clorox bleach. 1 part bleach ten parts water.

    sent from tapatalk on my phone so auto correct and other errors are bound to happen
     
  13. Orlandog7

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    Hello @ShadowMac how long do you soak it? Thanks.
     
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    15-20 min.

    sent from tapatalk on my phone so auto correct and other errors are bound to happen
     
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    Orlandog7 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I think we are looking for Sodium hypochlorite.
    Regular 8.25% hypochlorite household bleach (non-scented, no dyes, do not use a splash-less bleach). This is what is recommended for regenerating purigen. Though I've only been able to find 6.25 Sodium hypochlorite and it seems to work well.
     
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    Orlandog

    Thank you for posting that information.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  18. Orlandog7

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    Hello everyone. Just a quick update. I got tired of waiting for monte carlo to hopefully arrive this week and next week at my LFS so I planted 4 pots of dwarf baby tears... took me 3 hours!

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  19. keithgh

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    I am sure I would take longer. How is the slate retaining wall holding when all the rooted plants fill the tank that should also help.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  20. Orlandog7

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    Hello just a quick 1st week update after planting HC. Filled in some open spaces in substrate with left-over HC. Installed diy CO2 and TwinStar. Kept lights on for 4 hours daily first week, now the light is on for 5 hours a day. In two weeks, I'll increase to 6 hours. The substrate retainers are holding well @keithgh . No visible roots yet on the HC but the downoi seems to have grown a bit. There has been a bit of melting on all plants but they seem to be bouncing back. Added first small dose of Seachem Flourish yesterday. Will add another small dose next week. IMAG3964.jpg
     

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