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  1. sa80mark

    CO2 Regulator Problems

    Close the needle valve fully then adjust the main control knob to give around 2.5 bar then open the needle valve very slowly to get the desired bubble rate, if the pressure drops adjust the main knob again to give around 2.5 bar That should have you set up in the right area, dont be surprised...
  2. sa80mark

    New to pressurised CO2 - ready to purchase

    If it really is 2 stage and is a proper spring regulated diaphragm then it truly is the bargin of the century
  3. sa80mark

    New to pressurised CO2 - ready to purchase

    They vary quite a bit depending on brand but around £175 is the norm and then you need to add on for solenoid etc so could easily push £300 if everything was bought new My boc im going to be building will work out around £190
  4. sa80mark

    New to pressurised CO2 - ready to purchase

    Thats an interesting find and amazingly cheap for a 2 stage reg I would send them an email and ask for more details as that price is far to low for 2 stage The only thing I can offer in way of advice is thay co2 art are simply brilliant and I have experience with there solinoid which is one of...
  5. sa80mark

    Neutro bromo blue

    Is you jbl drop checker the one with the white strip inside ? If it is that could explain the visual colour difference, as for colour lime green is about where you want to be, almost yellow, I cant really comment on the shrimp as I dont know much about shrimp and co2 so hopefully someone else...
  6. sa80mark

    CO2 Art Dual Guage Reg w/Solenoid working pressure?

    Probably a good idea buying one from the uk makes it a lot easier to send back if it doeant work ;)
  7. sa80mark

    CO2 Art Dual Guage Reg w/Solenoid working pressure?

    30psi is approximately 2 bar I believe the co2 art regs are 2.5bar so it will be fine the only issue you may have is the same as many people on here as well as world wide and thats if the atomizer you by is genuine or fake, if this is the case its what gets said when someone has one that doesnt...
  8. sa80mark

    co2 in tap water

    Good to know the simple solution is the right one :) thanks guys
  9. sa80mark

    co2 in tap water

    Im just about to set up a low tech dirt tank and thought I had everything set, then I had the bright idea to test my tap water for ph and the results have me a bit worried / confused as to what to do about water changes Ph straight from tap 6.2 Ph after standing (12 hours) 7.6 Ph after standing...
  10. sa80mark

    will any tubing do for co2

    When researching regulators for when I build mine I came across a post that stats silicone tube shouldn't be used as its leaks co2, depending on the pressure it was anywhere from 5% - 20% it didnt explain anything in more detail so im not sure how accurate the figures or even the info, Mark
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    will any tubing do for co2

    Just replied on your other post I think im right in saying it needs to be Polyurethane
  12. sa80mark

    DC position in tank

    I agree with andy, im not convinced by drop checkers at all I use mine only as a rough guide, I think having it near the substrate is to give an indication of whether or not your co2 is getting down low enough, by far the best indication is the plants, if your low / carpet plants are growing...
  13. sa80mark

    Anyone recommend a good pressure adjustable co2 regulator?

    Theres a few people on here using them and I dont remember reading of any issues, tankscape is a really good company unfortunately there closing down hench the sales, one of our sponsors aqua essentials who in my opinion are truly superb, used to stock them but for some reason there not on the...
  14. sa80mark

    Anyone recommend a good pressure adjustable co2 regulator?

    Welcome to the forum :) this is the only adjustable one thats easily obtained that im aware of Mark UP Twin Gauge Adjustable CO2 Regulator - Solenoid - Needle Valve (A-165)
  15. sa80mark

    Yet another regulator thread: FE setup compatible with small aquarium

    As far as im aware no regulator sold for aquariums are dual stage, the co2 supermarket one is single stage but many people use them and have no problem with dumping Mark
  16. sa80mark

    Cheapest way to add pressurised Co2?

    Big clown is the man to confirm this (I hope ) bit I remember reading somewhere that 21.8x1/14 is indeed the right one I think/hope this helps DIN477 (DIN 477) German Standard Cylinder Valve Outlets & Connectors - FTI
  17. sa80mark

    Cheapest way to add pressurised Co2?

    Aslong as its din 477 then yes it will fit, im going to use pub gas bottles on my tank as there silly cheap :)
  18. sa80mark

    Cheapest way to add pressurised Co2?

    The co2 art ones fit no adapter needed ;)
  19. sa80mark

    Cheapest way to add pressurised Co2?

    I run a 2kg fire extinguisher on my 30l and its lasted well upto now I would expect around 12 months from it :) theres a few people who use the 500g and can last a few months but its kind of an impossible question to answer as it will all depend on your bubble size, bubble rate and so on, As...
  20. sa80mark

    CO2 and am confused

    Hi cj Co2 for me is an absolute must I love the challenge off high tech, co2 setups can be as cheap or as expensive as you wise, when it comes the mini setups they seem a good idea but the cost of refills is ridiculous I was spending £12 a week on co2 bottles for a 30l tank if you can I would...
  21. sa80mark

    Too much CO2?

    No, its fine just pump it in :) my 30l is just over 3 weeks old now and ive been pumping in co2 at a rate that can only be described as huge :) im getting great growth, no algae, no problems at all apart from hair grass blades browning off presumably changing to emmersed growth
  22. sa80mark

    Easy Aqua regulator fittings?

    If the fluval 88g is the same thread as the 20g fluval then no it wont fit, fluval use there own thread size that doesnt match anyothers, atleast thats what I discovered when searching for spare canisters when I was the 20g fluvals
  23. sa80mark

    Dual stage CO2 regulators for Aquaria- CO2 Art?

    Theres a couple of people on here using them, ive no experience of them so cant comment but you should be aware there not dual stage, there a single stage regulator confusingly refered to as dual gauge, there is a big difference Mark
  24. sa80mark

    Common problem with DIY FE?. Danger to fish and cylinder?

    As far as I know there a no dual stage regs made for aquatics the only way is to buy a welding dual stage reg and the fittings required such as needle valve etc as a rough idea you would be looking somewhere between £125 -£175 for a good reg modified for aquatics
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    Common problem with DIY FE?. Danger to fish and cylinder?

    This is known as end of tank dump theres 2 ways to solve this fisrt is to weight your new fe with regulator on and keep weighing it every few weeks / month once the fe weight has dropped 1.5kg buy a new one and replace it, the second option is to buy a dual stage regulator this will also pretty...
  26. sa80mark

    Aqua-medic Regulator turning up the pressure

    You cant adjust it, its fixed pressure 1.5 bar
  27. sa80mark

    Just how much C02 do you use!

    My 30l cube is running 5- 6 bps and im using 2kg every 12 weeks if I had less surface movement im sure I could lower bps and maybe double the 12 weeks but I would rarther use more gas and know everything is happy
  28. sa80mark

    CO2 regulator dead

    If the solinoid is going on and off and allowing co2 through you can 99% rule that out as the problem in nearly all solinoid failures they completely stop working, again you can almost certainly rule out the regulator again for the same reasons so personally id check the needle valve but I...
  29. sa80mark

    CO2 regulator dead

    Is it the solinoid thats died or the regulator ?
  30. sa80mark

    co2 diffuser

    I soak mine in 50/50 bleach and warm water for 15 - 30 mins then rinse under warm running tap then ive got a 50ml syringe with a 1 inch length of airline tube on and just keep squinting water through the diffuser until I cant smell the bleach anymore, also you can connect the syringe to the...
  31. sa80mark

    Two-way splitter

    Or pop one in the post and send it my way lol :)
  32. sa80mark

    Cheap pressurised CO2 system DIY guide

    Yes that will do the job, for a cheap solinoid there actually really good, put it as close to the regulator as possible the shorter the tube between the solinoid and regulator the better Mark
  33. sa80mark

    Diffuser Choices

    For me provided you tank isnt to big a glass diffuser is the way to go, It kind of comes down to personal preference I like the look of a diffuser in the tank other people prefer not to see them
  34. sa80mark

    Ebay CO2

    The reg you have chosen would need modifications such as adding a needle valve and idealy a solinoid, if your looking for a cheap easy set up look for a reg made for aquarium use as most of these come with needle valve and solinoid, it might be worth looking for a second hand one to keep cost...
  35. sa80mark

    Ebay CO2

    There is a how to guide on here somewhere, fe is definitely the way to go it will save you so much money in the long run, I staryed off with 20g and 95g co2 units and on average was cost £14 a week in refills on a 30l tank my whole fe set up was less than £90 and im expecting it to last approx 8...
  36. sa80mark

    calor weldcraft regulator

    Palm tree you absolute star how I never came across that post I dont know, that is perfect :)
  37. sa80mark

    calor weldcraft regulator

    Good find :) the bit im finding hardest is the needle valve theres so many out there and with no experience trying to find the best one out there is near impossible, searching google for reviews and feedback there are so many varying opinions its not very helpfull, so I do wonder if in the...
  38. sa80mark

    Co2 reg

    Thats great thanks big clown that might help me fine one now
  39. sa80mark

    Co2 reg

    Does this mean you can use pretty much any regulator for co2 aslong as we use adapters or change the fittings ? I was lead to believe from the research I did that you could only use co2 regs for co2 as the co2 will degrade the diaphragm ?
  40. sa80mark

    Are pub co2 bottles ok to use?

    Yes they are, a damn site cheaper than fe to :)
  41. sa80mark

    Cheap pressurised CO2 system DIY guide

    Mine is 700mm and wouldn't fit in you unit 700mm is 27.5 inch
  42. sa80mark

    recommend me a regulator

    Just type in google diy aquarium regulator theres a load of links with tons of info, from what ive learnt the most important part is a good needle valve
  43. sa80mark

    calor weldcraft regulator

    Thats perfect :) just had a quick look and the prices arw pretty good burkett solinoid is cheaper than I found in America once shipping is factored in
  44. sa80mark

    recommend me a regulator

    I agree with big clown diy a 2 stage reg, it will work out a bit more expensive but will give a reg that will last years and years and be so much more accurate and trouble free, a good diy reg can be achieved for less than £ 125 and you will never have the worry of end of tank dump also a good...
  45. sa80mark

    calor weldcraft regulator

    Hi big clown Its still sat in my cabinet ive been looking at needle valves and solinoids but no progress yet, ive been working away for the last 2 weeks and am this afternoon going to buy a new tank so this will be getting sorted soon Mark
  46. sa80mark

    can you have to much co2 ?

    Yes That makes sense Thanks
  47. sa80mark

    can you have to much co2 ?

    Thanks for the reply ceg The tank is a 30l dennerle nano cube and is filtered with an eheim classic 350 rated at around 600lph im using a spray bar but have the filter throttled down slightly, its turned up so every plant is swaying and if I turn it up just slightly more it starts to lift the...
  48. sa80mark

    can you have to much co2 ?

    Ive got a small amount of what I believe to be hair algae I think this is due to me very stupidly dosing 1ml ferts a day instead of the 3ml I should have been dosing so as ive got no livestock and am running a high dose of co2, bright yellow on the drop checker, ive uped the ferts to 3ml I...
  49. sa80mark

    recommend a good nano diffuser...

    Ive just bought a nano glass diffuser and it is fantastic I will pm you where I got it as there a none sponser
  50. sa80mark

    co2 diffuser blowing off

    :) good stuff always nice when its any easy fix
  51. sa80mark

    co2 diffuser blowing off

    Have you been removing it for cleaning ? The co2 tube can stretch and needs cutting back a little to fit snuggly again
  52. sa80mark

    Interested in FE

    As far as I can make out the only potential major difference is the price, for what some of the aquatic co2 setups cost you can buy a fe a good regulator and you have a wide choice of diffusers etc In short you get a whole lot more for your money when you go the "diy" route
  53. sa80mark

    Interested in FE

    Imo when it comes to aquatic equipment thats what you pay for, you pay a premium for kit thats labeled aquarium a fire extinguisher is a much cheaper way to go for what is pretty much the same thing Thats just my opinion im sure others will give there views
  54. sa80mark

    calor weldcraft regulator

    Ive just been searching the net for info on metering valves, solenoids etc and came across a topic on another forum about using a nitrogen regulator for co2 and the answer the bloke got was yes its fine, I was always under the impression a nitrogen reg was for nitrogen and co2 reg was for co2 ...
  55. sa80mark

    calor weldcraft regulator

    Good link definitely worth looking into :)
  56. sa80mark

    calor weldcraft regulator

    Well its done ive bought it :) as youve both said its easy to upgrade should I need to The burkert 6011 seems to be what alot of people are using ( mostly in America ) so this seems to be the ideal choice the only thing im struggling to find is the needle valve any recommendations ?
  57. sa80mark

    calor weldcraft regulator

    Thats great thanks for the help Mark
  58. sa80mark

    calor weldcraft regulator

    Yes thats the same one ive been offered its brand new still boxed and half that price, thats whats tempting me. Ive got no problem building my own thats why I was thinking of going down this route. Just am unsure if its considered a good reg and worth converting if not then the boc 3500 seems to...
  59. sa80mark

    calor weldcraft regulator

    Has anyone had any experience of the above ? Ive been offered one for a good price and as im looking for a new regulator I thought it might be ideal Thanks in advance Mark
  60. sa80mark

    drop checker size

    Yes that makes sense, I suppose I was working on the thought that it shows you a result rarther then it shows you a guide to co2 levels, this being my first proper planted tank with co2 I guess im taking the info I read to literally rarther than as a guide, :)
  61. sa80mark

    drop checker size

    Ive been looking at the hang on ones but im not to sure on them as I was under the impression that you should try to have the dc low down near the substrate having said that I guess if the flow is good the dc could be anywhere as you could be quite certain that enough co2 is getting down low
  62. sa80mark

    drop checker size

    Just what I was hoping to hear Thank you
  63. sa80mark

    drop checker size

    Im searching around the sponsorers sites because im looking to get a drop checker and have just had a thought, Does the size of the drop checker matter ? Im wanting one for a 30l cube tank so dont want a big one but are the smaller ones as effective or is the surface area important to get...
  64. sa80mark

    Easy Aqua Double check valve

    Have you tried blowing through it ? If you can blow through it then thats the direction of flow if that makes sense
  65. sa80mark

    Very confused!

    Cga 320 wont fit standard British fe from what ive read
  66. sa80mark

    Very confused!

    I know very little about fe set ups but just c9me across this co2 info Have a look at the second one down something about 320 being an American standard and is not compatible with uk standard. I may be way off the mark though but hopefully it will help
  67. sa80mark

    Up Atomizer problem

    Are you using the ribbed fluval hose ? Ive read that co2 can get caught in the ribs then once the bubble grows it releases as a big bubble instead of a mist
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