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Re: [APD] Aquatic-Plants Digest, Vol 98, Issue 2

Hello Jeff,

If you've already got a co2 tank, do you also use a regulator or a controller to measure the amount of co2 you're releasing? If so, instead of forcing the gas through your filter intake, buy 2 large co2 diffusers and with a 3-way splitter, run them both on either sides of your aquarium. The diffusers have been working for me. Be sure to measure your water's current co2 consumption and then again after you've setup the diffusers.

If you're not using a controller, and have fish, you could accidentally overdose--but it's probably safe to say, you already knew that!

-Joshua Dean

DeanWaters (Aquabid.com) 

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Date: Fri, 18 May 2012 08:56:07 -0500
From: "Jeff Dafoe" <jeff at downtowndevelopmentplan_com>
Subject: [APD] Old tank, old list lurker, need CO2 advice
To: aquatic-plants at actwin_com


I've been on this list for what seems like forever.  I've also been feeding
bottled CO2 into my Eheim Pro 2's intake for what also seems like forever, on
a somwhat sloppily maintained 75g planted aquarium that is about 10 years old.
 The Eheim's seals have failed (I've replaced every seal inside and it still
leaks) and I have a replacement coming today.  I no longer want to feed CO2
into the Eheim.  I'm not sure what the best alternative is.  I did some
research and saw that the Rio 800 may work, but then I did more reading and
apparently it lets out a crazy strong stream of water.  I'm not trying to make
some crazy lush maintenance-intensive tank, but I do have a fair amount of
plants that I'd like to keep going.  I guess I'm just looking for some sort of
guidance as to what has become common practice over the last ten years.  My
setup is a 40lb CO2 tank with a Swagelok needle valve running into an Eheim
Pro 3.  I only have 110 watts of lighting but it seems to grow the plants I am
looking for, some of the plants are so old I can't even remember what they
are.  There's a Tropica fern that all I can remember was the variant was named
after the founder, some Crypts, a couple of varieties of Aponogeton, some sort
of dwarf sword.  Nothing crazy, but I think it's a fairly old tank for this
hobby and I'm pretty happy with it.

Thanks in advance,


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