trimming and CO2 update


Posted on 12th September 2011 by King7 in Landscaping

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After running the 5lb CO2 tank for a little over a year, it required a refill.  Luckily, there is CO2 refill place right down the street.  ~$15 for a refill isn’t too bad (not to mention how quick it was for them to refill it).  Kevin from also came by to take a look at my tank and told me that I need to move my CO2 diffuser to the front of the tank cause you want the outflow of the lily pipe to hit it.  This way it will disperse the CO2 much better in the tank.   I also bleached the diffuser, yes BLEACH!  I was kinda scared to use bleach on anything that would go into the fish tank but the apparently this is a common practice.  The diffuser was covered with algae so the disk is no longer producing the fine bubbles.  I soaked the diffuser in 1 part bleach, 15 part water solution for a few hours.  After the disk turned all white again, i soaked the diffuser in SeaChem Prime solution (1 part prime, 1 part water).  This was so it will dechlorinate the diffuser, to make it safe for the fish tank again.  So far, so good!

I also decided to trim the tree a bit.  One lesson I learned… excel is some powerful stuff!!  I had some algae on the christmas moss so I dumped bunch of excel directly onto the moss during a water change.  Well….. the killed not only the algae but also the moss.  Since the moss was all brown, i decided to basically remove most of it and start the tree all over again.  Its ugly again, but hopefully it will fill out in a month or so.

angel view of the tank 9/11/11

Full view of the tank

side view 9/11/11

Moving the CO2 diffuser and bubble counter to the front of the tank

Tree 9/11/11

Hopefully this tree will fill out again soon...

tank 9/11/11

Another view of the tank

on another note, I had some BGA (blue green algae, cyanobacteria) issue.  Erythromycin does wonders!  3 doses of that and its all gone 🙂  I also learned that I need to use a small tube to siphon out the detritus below the grass, this may of been the reason for the BGA to develop.  Need to figure out a good way to do this when there are baby shrimp in the tank.