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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2006 3:56 pm Post subject: Re: How to jump start your planted aquarium Part.2 Reply with quote

 Thank  you  Trevor  -  very  lucid  and  clear  explanations...  Clapping
 
 Few  questions:
 1)  Do  we  use  teflon  tape  while  joining  the  components?  any  tips  for  preventing  errors  in  joining  the  components?
 
 2)  After  connection  everything  together  -what  is  the  sequence  to  be  followed  in  starting  gas  flow?   Will  it  be  as  below
 Close  regulator,  needle  valve  completely,  then  open  master  valve  completely,  adjust  regulator  to  get  about  1-2  kg  on  the  output  side,  then  open  the  needle  valve  to  adjust  bubble  flow
 
 3)  When  taking  the  cylinder  for  refilling,  do  we  disconnect  the  regulator  from  the  cylinder  -  in  this  case  will  there  be  a  problem  of  the  threads  wearing  out  when  repeatedly  fitting  and  removing  the  regulator?
 
 These  may  be  really  stupid  questions  but  I'd  rather  know  what  I'm  doing  instead  of  trusting  to  luck.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2006 5:42 pm Post subject: Re: How to jump start your planted aquarium Part.2 Reply with quote

 Hello,
 
 This  is  jackson  (Nickname)  in  IAH.I  am  a  new  member.I  need  you  suggestions.
 
 Is  thet  costly  keeping  a  planted  tank.I  mean  investment  is  high  and  is  that  necessary?
 
 I  thought  plants  is  just  to  keep  live  plants  inside  the  sand.
 
 I  have  a  2*1*1  impoted  tank  at  my  office  for  the  past  6months.I  am  not  at  all  satisfied  with  whatever  I  kept.Finally  I  have  decided  to  keep  live  plants  in  it.
 
 What  I  require  is  ,  I  just  have  a  tank  .I  need  you  guidance  or  suggestions  for  the  thingsto  be  purcahsed  from  sand,     pump,  plants(types)  and  ofcoure  fishes  to  satisfy  my  agony?
 
 Eagerly  waiting  for  your  reply
 
 Regards
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2006 9:54 pm Post subject: Re: How to jump start your planted aquarium Part.2 Reply with quote

                                                   
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Thank  you  Trevor  -  very  lucid  and  clear  explanations...  Clapping
 
 Few  questions:
 1)  Do  we  use  teflon  tape  while  joining  the  components?  any  tips  for  preventing  errors  in  joining  the  components?
 
 2)  After  connection  everything  together  -what  is  the  sequence  to  be  followed  in  starting  gas  flow?   Will  it  be  as  below
 Close  regulator,  needle  valve  completely,  then  open  master  valve  completely,  adjust  regulator  to  get  about  1-2  kg  on  the  output  side,  then  open  the  needle  valve  to  adjust  bubble  flow
 
 3)  When  taking  the  cylinder  for  refilling,  do  we  disconnect  the  regulator  from  the  cylinder  -  in  this  case  will  there  be  a  problem  of  the  threads  wearing  out  when  repeatedly  fitting  and  removing  the  regulator?
 
 These  may  be  really  stupid  questions  but  I'd  rather  know  what  I'm  doing  instead  of  trusting  to  luck.
 
 Regards,
 Venkat                

 
 You  are  spot  on.
 
 !.  Yes,  Teflon  to  be  used  on  permanent  brass  screw  threads.  P.U.  fittings  do  not  need  teflon  -  only  hand  tightening.
 
 2.  First  open  master  valve  completly,  then  adjust  regulator  to  1  -  2  kgs/cm2  output,  then  the  needle  valves  to  end  up  a  bubble  a  second  or  as  required.
 
 3.  The  regulator  is  disconnected  from  the  cylinder.  The  is  no  chance  of  the  the  threads  wearing  out  in  years  unless  you  tighten  out  of  alignment.
 To  avoid  this  problem  when  fixing  the  regulator  back  on  a  refilled  Co2  cylinder  always  hand  turn  the  coupled  regulator  nut  onto  the  cylinder.  Only  for   the  last  few  turns  and  final  tightening  use  a  spanner.  And  you  never  use  teflon  tape  here.
 
 After  a  couple  of  refills  you  get  experienced  and  find  there  is  no  need  to  fiddle  with  the  regulator  or  needle  vaves.  They  stay  constant  and  fixed.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2006 2:42 pm Post subject: Re: How to jump start your planted aquarium Part.2 Reply with quote

 Thanks  Trevor,
 
 Now  to  find  the  reducers  and  needle  valves.  
 This  is  interesting  stuff...  :-)
 
 Will  be  back  once  I  have  got  all  the  stuff  ready  to  assemble  Smile
 
 Regards,
 Venkat
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2006 9:00 pm Post subject: Re: How to jump start your planted aquarium Part.2 Reply with quote

 Dear  Venkat  
 
                           Please  let  us  know  where  you  get  needle  valves  in  Mumbai.
 
 
                           Thanks
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 10:31 am Post subject: Re: How to jump start your planted aquarium Part.2 Reply with quote

 The  needle  valves  are  used  in  every  industry  for  process  automation.  Heavy  engineering,  food,  packaging,  electronics,  automobile,  ships  and  airplanes  are  some.  
 You  can  select  according  to  your  budget  the  needle  valve  you  fancy.  I  always  put  forward  the  most  economical  one.  Many  of  our  aquatic  gardeners  use  expensive  needle  valves.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 11:20 am Post subject: Re: How to jump start your planted aquarium Part.2 Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 Ame:
 I  have  no  idea  where  to  get  the  needle  valves  but  will  find  out  soon.  Yellow  pages  should  help.
 Still  need  to  get  brass  reducer,  pipe  connectors(push-in),  needle  valve  and  most  importantly  cylinder  Smile
 
 Trevor:  I  assume  that  there  are  no  specific  valves  for  CO2.  Any  pneumatic  needle  valve  should  do,  right?
 I  just  got  the  regulator  yesterday.  The  output  is  a  brass  nipple.  not  sure  what  size  but  I  guess  it  is  larger  than  the  6/4  piping.  Now  I  need  a  reducer  to  bring  down  the  size  to  6/4.
 
 I  understand  that  I  have  to  unscrew  the  nipple  and  screw  in  the  brass  reducer  and  then  I  have  an  option  of  either  attaching  the  needle  valve  directly  to  the  reducer  or  attaching  a  pipe  connector  to  the  reducer  and  connecting  the  needle  valve  via  a  6/4  pipe.
 
 Would  you  know  offhand  what  is  the  size  specification  for  the  reducer  and  pipe  connectors?(I  have  the  same  regulator  that  you  do  ).  The  dealers  have  a  knack  of  asking  the  tech  specs  (obviously)  and  don't  really  give  you  much  attention  unless  you  are  able  to  rattle  off  the  specs  Smile
 
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 4:18 pm Post subject: Re: How to jump start your planted aquarium Part.2 Reply with quote

 trevor  your  are  really  good  Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2008 5:13 pm Post subject: Re: How to jump start your planted aquarium Part.2 Reply with quote

 hi,
 
 i  am  beginner  for  freshwater  aquariums,  having  a  18(L)x14(H)x10(W)  size  tank  with  23  fishes  (gold  fish,  angle,  gourami,  guppy  and  molly).  I  wanted  to  have  heavily  planted  fish  tank.  But  the  problems  are  1st  i  am  not  aware  of  what  type  of  filter  to  be  used  (currently  using  under  gravel  filter),  2nd  not  much  plant  variety  is  available  locally,  3rd  what  ever  the  plant  variety  i  have,  what  kind  of  landscaping  i  should  use/follow  and  for  plant  supplement  what  should  be  used.
 
 Regards.
 Shubhadeep  Dutta
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2008 5:44 pm Post subject: Re: How to jump start your planted aquarium Part.2 Reply with quote

 Heavily  Planted  tanks  do  not  need  heavy  filtration.
 Under  gravel  filter  is  a  strict  no  -  no.
 
 Use  only  plants  which  are  locally  available  in  your  beginner  planted  tank.
 
 Use  laterite  or  any  iron  rich  red  soil  as  base  whichever  is  locally  available.  Top  that  with  river  gravel  of  2  -3  mm  size.
 
 So  simple  on  landscaping.  Taller  larger  plants  in  the  rear.  Dwarf  ones  in  front.
 
 Proper  lighting.  Prompt  water  changes.  Forget  dosing  for  the  time  being.  Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2008 6:27 pm Post subject: Re: How to jump start your planted aquarium Part.2 Reply with quote

 Trevor,
 
 Can  you  tell  us  some  place  where  we  can  get  CO2  cylinder  refilled?  not  a  shady  joint  but  a  reputed/authorised  place  in  bangalore
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 8:52 pm Post subject: Re: How to jump start your planted aquarium Part.2 Reply with quote

 Dear  Trevor,  
 Thanks  a  ton  for  your  reply,  as  of  now  i  am  using  "Jaipuri"  marble  chips  as  substrate  as  suggested  by  the  dealer.  The  gravel  size  is  around  4  -  5  mm,  which  i  don't  think  is  good  for  plant  to  spread  roots.  Also  kindly  suggest  about  the  lighting,  presently  using  a  Havells'  8  Watt  6500K  CFL  (Not  sure  if  it  is  giving  full  spectrum  of  light  or  not).  And  also  let  me  know  if  i  can  keep  a  Single  betta  in  my  tank,  as  there  are  gold  fish,  angle  and  gourami  present.
 
 Attached  are  the  Pics..
 
 
 Thanks  in  Advance
 
 
 Shubhadeep  Dutta
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 Jaipuri  Marble  chips  will  be  the  waterloo  of  your  planted  aquarium.  Marble  chips  will  alter  the  PH.  No Way
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 9:47 pm Post subject: Re: How to jump start your planted aquarium Part.2 Reply with quote

 Hi  Subhadeep,
 
   Welcome   to  IAH
 Please  introduce  yourself  in  our  Self  Introduction  Thread  -  LINK  :  http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=15
 And  if  possible,  please  update  your  location  as  well  in  your  profile.
 
 
 Well,  where  exactly  are  you  located  in  Kolkata?  There  are  lots  of  planted  hobbyist  around  in  the  city.
 Try  to  meet  them  in  person  to  know  the  things  better.  Let  me  know  if  you  need  any  assistance.
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 Dear  Rocky,
 
 Thanks,  Well  I  am  located  in  Ballyganj  Phari,  Kolkata.  Kindly  let  me  know  of  places  from  where  i  can  buy  plants.  
 
 In  your  signature  there's  a  web  site  link,  is  it  owned  by  you.  the  address  is  of  Howrah.
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