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  1. sussex_cichlids

    Help stopping CO2 leak

    Hi Mortis Take your regulator & bottle to local plumbing shop some were like plumbase they should be able to pull you one off the shelf if you take all the kit with you they should help you find the right o-ring seal before you leave the store. I think messing with gasket sealant is just...
  2. sussex_cichlids

    Help stopping CO2 leak

    Hi Mortis Little trick for leaks is very soapy water make you self a cup of soapy water and use this to test all the joints thread any were there cold be a leak test all the treads on the regulator you can use a pipette or syringe and drip quite a bit around all the joint and see if it bubbles...
  3. sussex_cichlids

    regulator

    Hi Ste If you can put another £20 to it and you can wait a few weeks for shipping this would be perfect http://bit.ly/xovRvZ and only £55 with P&P no upgrading later all in one complete regulator and solenoid nice bit of kit for price and if afford this it would better option As for having a...
  4. sussex_cichlids

    Pressurised CO2 Regulator

    Hi Jaap Ive just looked at the picture in large and can just make out the main presure valve knob is located on the back of it and the needle valve is below the bubble counter this will do what you want perfect and is very a nice REG
  5. sussex_cichlids

    CO2 for newbie

    Hi Jason Have a look at this http://www.aquajardin.co.uk/product/158 ... le_bottle_ Has everything you need to get you started for just £99 some more here http://www.aquaessentials.co.uk/co2-equ ... cee376ecd2 I would also purchase a drop checker and some 4dkh with bromo blue...
  6. sussex_cichlids

    Pressurised CO2 Regulator

    Hi Jaap The VV one don't look to bad would do the job £66.99 Free P&P not bad The eBay one looks very nice and good for price £50 inc P&P this would also do the job more down to personal choice which ever one you like more they will both do
  7. sussex_cichlids

    Pressurised CO2 Regulator

    Hi Jaap It looks very nice and would do perfect looks very expensive you may find some cheaper alternatives on here And the thread size should all be one standard size so you should have no problems getting this to fit any size bottle or F.E.
  8. sussex_cichlids

    First time co2 user - regulator help

    Hi whinnie The ebay one would be perfect ive just looked at it and its features and its spot on actually looks very nice regulator and value for money at that price If you not ordered one yet that will do the job no problem
  9. sussex_cichlids

    How does this Solenoid work

    You could do that way But i removed one of my nipples from mine and fitted it direct to my regulator check the nipple on your regulator you should be able to remove it and thread the solenoid straight on to the regulator that way you don't need the second nipple and that's why that solenoid...
  10. sussex_cichlids

    How does this Solenoid work

    Hi Mike A solenoid works by using a electric magnet basically a magnetic valve connected to an electrode when the power is turned on it opens the valve by reversing the magnetic poles and when its off it keeps the valve closed most Solenoids only use a few watts of electric to work so the very...
  11. sussex_cichlids

    Paintball canister co2 setup

    Hi Clint Great bit of advice and thanks not having any experience with paintball your comments has been very useful i have herd that some F.E have a tube to the bottom too but Ive never used a F.E so could not be 100% sure on that but sure ive seen post about people opening there F.E up and...
  12. sussex_cichlids

    Introduction to CO2

    Hi Trev Cool i like Juwel tanks, i use a 6kg pub bottle at 3/4bps it last me about 6 months i never used an F.E but should be same as a pub bottle you just got squeezy leavers on an F.E I get my gas from a pub suppliers i just ring them when i need a bottle exchange you would be better to get...
  13. sussex_cichlids

    Introduction to CO2

    Hi Trev All depend on size of you tank most disposable bottle system have limits to tank size there suitable for small setups and convenient and easy if LFS stock refills A refillable bottle is better to see if you can find a re-filler first before getting it all to find you got to send it...
  14. sussex_cichlids

    Introduction to CO2

    Introduction to CO2 CO2 is used in a planted tank as part of the carbon cycle known as photosynthesis, plants, algae, and cyanobacteria absorb carbon dioxide, light, and water to produce carbohydrate energy for themselves and oxygen as a waste product. The Correct concentrations of CO2 in a...
  15. sussex_cichlids

    Paintball canister co2 setup

    Hi Dean What size is your tank do you have the pH, gH and kH readings a 6kg bottle last me about 6months on a 180ltrs @ about 2/3 BPS BOC cannot not fill them i'm afraid BOC will not fill any bottles but there own you also you have to have an account with them and you need to a minimum demand...
  16. sussex_cichlids

    Paintball canister co2 setup

    For paint ball refills you can get these done at you local paintball venue for small fee for F.E setup your need the basics there are other methods to diffuse the CO2 but this will be sufficient F.E or CO2 Bottle Regulator with needle valve (these have a standard thread size) CO2 Solenoid...
  17. sussex_cichlids

    Paintball canister co2 setup

    Hi Deno paintball set is just using a small standard 500g bottle there would be no difference apart from some paintball bottles have different thread sizes to the standard regulator thread but there are adapters but benefits of this you would be able to refill you own bottle at home if you get...
  18. sussex_cichlids

    Sticky 1 Way Valve ?

    May sound silly but have you tried turning it around Sound to me like you may have it on backwards and you putting so much pressure throw it till it fails that's causing you volcano of CO2 try turning it around if that don't work just replace it for few quid for a stop valve is better then...
  19. sussex_cichlids

    CO2 Refills...

    If your filling a Fire Extinguisher best place to start would be you local fire station they will know someone local that will do Fire Extinguishers Servicing And Recharging Pop in and speak to someone or give them a call and ask to speak with your local fire chief you can google the number for...
  20. sussex_cichlids

    Solenoid valve replacement.

    I was just about to say same thing there seams to be no spears or replacement parts available so if you just purchased this as a new item then i would return it straight away for ether a refund or replacement
  21. sussex_cichlids

    Solenoid valve replacement.

    This what you have
  22. sussex_cichlids

    co2 bottle fittings

    Excellent hogan i knew you can get
  23. sussex_cichlids

    co2 bottle fittings

    Hi bigal12 There are thread adaptors you can get for a standard bottle regulator take your bottle and regulator to a local plumb base or plumbing shop the will have a brass or steel fitting that should be able to do the job Next time you in LFS see if it tells you the thread size on the...
  24. sussex_cichlids

    CO² Regulator Problem

    Glad to hear you got it sorted now
  25. sussex_cichlids

    CO² Regulator Problem

    Did you put it all back together tighten it as tight as it will go with the spanner without over tightening it i was looking at your pictures of it in bits of the spring and the nut with the pin on it and thinking about it a bit more to close that value the pin will have to be all the way in...
  26. sussex_cichlids

    CO² Regulator Problem

    how you getting on mark did you work it out mate
  27. sussex_cichlids

    CO² Regulator Problem

    i wouldn't of undone it all the way just few turns to see if this had any affect on the line presure gage if there a spring in it put all back together as it came out tighten it up it dose look adjustable if it has a spring and a valve inside you just got to find whats closed and open going...
  28. sussex_cichlids

    CO² Regulator Problem

    Yea mine is Give it few turns just till you can feel it wont go any more that should be fully closed now
  29. sussex_cichlids

    CO² Regulator Problem

    try this if you unsure cut you cable tie holding the bottle open so that there only a small amount of presure try that big nut anti clock wise it dose look adjustable if it turns without hissing then follow the instructions above you will get it worked out eventually
  30. sussex_cichlids

    CO² Regulator Problem

    Grab a spanner to adjust the main valve turn that anti clockwise till its closed if it starts to rises turn the main valve clockwise till its closed Now open the needle valve all the way and turn on solenoid to dump the gas in the line you should see the regulator/line presure start to drop...
  31. sussex_cichlids

    CO² Regulator Problem

    You shouldn't get a jump of presure on the bottle presure gauge that should only move once the bottle starts to empty and it will drop slowly for such a sudden change in pressure it could be regulator problem if it was a leak or the length of pipe your using between the diffuser and bottle it...
  32. sussex_cichlids

    CO² Regulator Problem

    Are you initial setting the system up you will find first few days that there is fluctuations till you can get the right presure between the main valve and needle valve settled you got to keep tweaking the main presure till it sit at 2/2.5 bar over next few days if it wont already stay at...
  33. sussex_cichlids

    Water in my CO2 bubble counter keeps on decreasing

    Hi niru I have same thing around once every few month have to strip bubble counter off and refill it. i think that some evaporation takes place in the bubble counter when co2 is switched on the check valves will be open allowing any gases to escape the bubble check when water evaporates it...
  34. sussex_cichlids

    CO² Regulator Problem

    Hi mark it well flow fast for the first few mins it just were the pressure has backed up mine dose the same for a few min after it comes on after about 5 min it settles to the right amount set reg to 2/2.5 bar then with needle valve set to your required BPS (bubbles per sec) you shouldn't...
  35. sussex_cichlids

    White deposit's in dropchecker

    Re: White deposits in drop checker any photos of it? Is it on inside or outside of DC? Do you keep any snails? How often do you clean it and change fluid?
  36. sussex_cichlids

    Reliability of Drop Checkers

    Like this you can get these for about £100 with P&P great for using with CO2 just set the ph you want for you plants and it will dose your tank till the required pH is reached and then turn the CO2 off preventing the CO2 levels becoming to toxic this you leave on 24hrs a day and will keep a...
  37. sussex_cichlids

    Which diffuser?

    I know the idea of using this type of kit is to remove equipment from the tank but could you not run the reactor from its own submersible pump hidden away behind some decor. That way it wouldnt restrict any flow from the filter
  38. sussex_cichlids

    Reliability of Drop Checkers

    There's two type you can consider Traditional Chemical Test Kit Nutrafin Ph Wide Test Kit £7.99 From http://www.aquaessentials.co.uk Digital Pen Type (What i use cannot say anything bad about it must remember you will need calibration fluids to check it once in while) ph-009-ia pen...
  39. sussex_cichlids

    CO2 Refills...

    Hi antipofish Not sure i have my own 2kg bottles so was getting them refilled but now i just get 2x6kg from them if you give them a ring and ask them there very helpfull
  40. sussex_cichlids

    Reliability of Drop Checkers

    yea that can still cause your problem you could be removing to much ferts during your water change that would then make the co2 your dosing unusable to the plants and that's whats feeding your algae 2x 40% might be to much try doing 1x 50% or 2x 20% a week see if that makes a difference 80% a...
  41. sussex_cichlids

    Reliability of Drop Checkers

    everything sounds about right if your using EI method Like Ianho said above try 50% weekly water change also cleaning any visible bits of algae of rocks and leaves and glass etc You should see an improvment after few weeks
  42. sussex_cichlids

    Reliability of Drop Checkers

    What ferts you using and how much you dosing? What filter you got whats it flow rate? How often do you do water change and how much do you changing? What you Photoperiod on the lights?
  43. sussex_cichlids

    Reliability of Drop Checkers

    all depends what water your using in it I learnt bit about these other day I was using tank water in mine till other day when i found out that's not very accurate best stuff you can use in 4dkh water which you can make yourself using ro water and bicarb soda or you can by a premix bottle of...
  44. sussex_cichlids

    CO2 Refills...

    Co2 Refill in Sussex Area Cellergas 89, London Rd, Bexhill-On-Sea, East Sussex TN39 3LB T: 01424225403 £10 for 6kg No deposit They will deliver if they already deliver to a pub near you if not your have to collect from them Very reliable I call them and get a next day exchange at no...
  45. sussex_cichlids

    A couple of CO2 system questions

    Hi Chriss Thats ok mate Sometime the easyest and only way to sort the algae out is to have a full 4 day blackout that should help knock it on the head some members may have few other tricks you can try
  46. sussex_cichlids

    RO water for CO2 dropchecker

    well thank for clearing that up im now moving over to using 4 dKH Solution just order 100ml from Aqua Essentials cost me £7.99 with deliver Buy Yours Here
  47. sussex_cichlids

    RO water for CO2 dropchecker

    Why use RO water when tank water is fine i'm using redsea solution in glass drop checker the instructions for this says take 1ml of tank water and add two drops of checker solution alway worked ok given perfect readings Why over complicate the situation
  48. sussex_cichlids

    Which diffuser?

    Max Mix Reactor i like look of this anyone using one are they any good I'm currently using a rhinox 5000 diffusers but would like to get as much equipment out of the tank as possible Any idea on how much it cost were to buy from
  49. sussex_cichlids

    A couple of CO2 system questions

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    Help I need a scientist! Water changes, pearling and CO2

    because when you remove water below the drop checker is open to the air and will change to read CO2 levels avalable in the air it will take time to change back once the water level covers the drop checker again try this when you change your water keep drop checker below water level once you...
  51. sussex_cichlids

    Help I need a scientist! Water changes, pearling and CO2

    Great stuff think it should be made into its own sticky post
  52. sussex_cichlids

    A couple of CO2 system questions

    Ive been using PTFE tape on CO2 bottle thread for 6 years with no problem not sure how you can come to conclusion you shouldn't use it it designed for this use also if applied properly its trapped between two threads and cannot block the pipe never herd this or seen any problem with using PTFE tape
  53. sussex_cichlids

    A couple of CO2 system questions

    Also have you used PTFE (plumbers thread tape) on your threads i used this on every thread conection throw my whole systerm Try this you may find it helps you can get the PTFE from most place only few quid
  54. sussex_cichlids

    A couple of CO2 system questions

    ditch the spray bar that will be creating to much surface movment look at a glass lillypipe type pipe or push the spray bar well below surface reducing surface movment that should help give you higher co2 also do you have any air pumps running
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