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Old 10-19-2010, 08:42 AM   #121 (permalink)
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Okay, so it's just more brute force then. I can do that.
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Old 10-19-2010, 03:03 PM   #122 (permalink)
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So.... no explosions, but I haven't had any luck either. I undid the regulator today, replaced the gasket and tightened it back on to the tank and for some reason I got it to tighten up now.

So I connected everything up (I cracked the tank beforehand and blew off a few fridge magnets 6 feet away ), screwed my little panel up and nervously starting things off. I turned the regulator knob back all the way, backed the needle valve right back, although I didn't reach a stopping point so I stopped because I thought the needle might fall out. Then I eased the main knob on the tank open.

I got nothing on the dial, until I started tightening the regulator knob down. The low side dial went up to 10 but I have got nothing coming out. Here is my setup:



The gas is going in the back of the Milwaukee solenoid, out the front, then it dips through the panel to the back of my Fabco, out the side of my Fabco and into my bubble counter, out through the check valve and off to a spare tank with just water and an airstone. I am getting no bubbles though my bubble counter. I hear no hissing. And yes, the extra knob on the left side of my regulator for open/close is open.

The high side dial reads only about 800 psi. Is that right? I thought it should be more. Anyone know what's going on? The tank weighs plenty so it must be full. Please don't tell me the regulator's no good.
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Old 10-19-2010, 05:04 PM   #123 (permalink)
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I started it up again and now it's working!

That happens to me lot... I something, it doesn't work, do it again and the 2nd or 3rd time it does!

The only thing I need to do now is the soapy water trick to make sure I don't have any leaks.
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That's great! Good job!!!

There is a leak testing solution that you can get a Lowes, Home Depot that works well, I've been told. But Windex, a soapy solution, etc works too.

The hose that came with your Concoa sure looks like it came in handy!!
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Old 10-21-2010, 05:12 PM   #125 (permalink)
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So I mixed up my 4dkH solution tonight and put the drop checker in my tank. I've also connected up the CO2 line to my tank. I'm not happy with my diffusion method and will probably do something about it this weekend. Here's what my drop checker looks like:



Hey! Get out of the way you dumb fish!!



I only just put it in and it has a green-ish tint already. Hmmm, I thought it was supposed to be blue when it starts out.
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Hi Gramazing,

It looks good, however your "bulb" is a little full. Next time just fill it until the "bulb" is 1/2 full. What you want is maximum surface between the indicator solution and the air pocket. That way the indicator solution will change color more quickly.
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Yeah, I thought that too.
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So... it's been a couple of weeks and the results have been pretty cool! Especially considering my method of diffusion is not the best.

My plants are pearling:


Every now and then one of my amazon swords will burp a big bubble.

This is my moneywort, which has been sitting there not doing anything except grow BBA. Now it's throwing out new shoots and new root hairs. The top 2-3 inches of each stem is new. I'm thinking of laying some of them them down in the substrate so the roots will take.



So thanks everyone for your advice, especially LeftC !
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Hi Gramazing,

It is amazing how much of a difference CO2 makes!
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Those are some very nice looking, healthy plants now. I love them bubbles! Controlled CO2 is great stuff.

Do you know what you call a big bubble that is released from an underwater plant? It's a part!
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