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Old 04-03-2019, 02:21 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I dunno... you sure bout that? Couldn't resist...

Haven't posted here in awhile. This thank is 3 years old. Getting ready to tear down for a redo. It's a jungle!

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Looks pretty good to me! A jungle type tank doesn't appeal to everyone, including me, but that doesn't mean the tank is unhealthy due to too many plants. Your tank needs to please you, and that's the primary goal, perhaps after healthy fish and plants.
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Old 04-03-2019, 05:18 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Haven't posted here in awhile. This tank is 3 years old. Getting ready to tear down for a redo. It's a jungle!
This jungle looks good to me. Instead of tearing it down, you could tweak it a bit with new plant species, driftwood, etc.
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This jungle looks good to me. Instead of tearing it down, you could tweak it a bit with new plant species, driftwood, etc.
I am so honored that you like my tank! I made a screenshot to save for prosterity. ♡

Believe it or not, there IS a really big piece of driftwood in there! It's just completely covered in Java ferns. I don't even know how many Corys are in there anymore! And I have to prune mature crypt leaves in the foreground. Another reason I'm doing a tear down is the I don't like the tank and the stand anymore. It just doesn't look right in this house. And it's a tall tank and I'd like something more shallow with a wider footprint.

Didn't mean to hijack this thread. Most of the time you really can't have too many plants in a Walstad style tank. More is generally better!

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Looks good,very interesting
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A much better way to do this is to stick the CO2 line into the water pump input screen. That doesn't cause any suction, and just lets the natural pressure of the CO2 cause the CO2 to bubble into the pump, where the rotor will chop it up into much smaller bubbles - possibly with some noise.
This is how I get my DIY CO2 into the tank water.
I set it up in a similar way now, The pump with UV filter has a venturi air intake, and I placed its hose in the diffusion chamber of the bubble ladder (see [IMG]https://imgur.com/a/D9KkEgp[/IMG]).



So now every time a bubble climbs up the ladder, it causes a periodic burst of co2 through the outlet of the pump. Am I right in thinking that it has the same effect as your solution?

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