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    Re: A newbie on a 2 ft tank

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    CO2 is desirable only for serious hobbyists who have a lot of plants in their setup, eg aquascaping Such hobbyists are more like 'aqua gardeners. If one's interest is in that area, by all means use CO2 equipment. Then fishkeeping would become a secondary consideration.

    If one's interest is in fishkeeping, then the well-being of the fish should be of paramount concern. This is because fish and other life forms eg. essential bacteria, in a tank needs copious amounts of oxygen to thrive well. The presence of high CO2 content in the environment then becomes detrimental to their survival.

    Thus it s important to consider one's priority and preference in the hobby before embarking on the use of aquatic equipment, bearing in mind that fish and plants in a TANK have conflicting needs as.mentioned.



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    I agreed with ACG too. Safest is to get new regulator if budget is not much of a concern. Don't play play with co2 tank, it is a gas bomb that could get someone killed if not handle properly.

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    @ACG, DreamerX5521

    it's has been bugging me too.
    but I'll bring it over to NA today to check. If they have the slightest doubts about the regulator I'll throw it away.
    Selling it away would bring risk to others it's against my morals.
    If they say everything's fine I'll make the decisions from there.

    Base on the experience I had from the "accident" I think it might still be ok,
    the "explosion" is caused by mishandling as I deliberately unscrew the parts that I'm not purpose to.
    The bonnet takes more than 10 revolutions to unscrew and with the piston and o-ring intact, it's very hard to unscrew it even by hand.

    So I'm thinking if I plan to reuse it, I would tie a sponge around the bonnet for safety, then I'll check it once every 4 days for a 2 month.
    If i detect the bonnet is unscrewing by itself causes by the pressure, even by 1/8 of a revolution in 4 days it's going to end up in the bin.

    I'll update you guys later on the outcome.

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    @tetrakid, thanks for the reminder.

    the tank is not going to be a fish-only tank so I think the co2 tank is definitely a must have.
    As for the set up, it's still pending as I'm still exploring every possible theme that might interest me.

    I'm in no rush to get it up and running asap as I do not want to regret after 2 months for not picking the theme that I really want.
    gathering equiments 1st is important to me because once I've decided what I want, I'm able to start immediately.
    but of cause the equipments have to be related to a planted tank aquarium.

    meanwhile I will continue searching for the answers I seek.

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    Just came back from NA, Chan told me it's safe to use. He said that 1000 psi is not powerful enough to unscrew the cap on it's own, at most there's gonna leakage. He told me to observe the reading for 12 hours, if there's no dropping in working pressure then I'm good to go.

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    Re: A newbie on a 2 ft tank

    good to hear that! maybe you can add in some white tape before screwing back?

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    @Fireblade,
    Can't do that now as the regulator is already mounted on. Unscrewing will cause the same thing to happen. Future refill when I dismount the regulator I will add in the white tape. ^^

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    Like what UA has mentioned, you can dismount the regulator from the cylinder by:
    1. Turn off cylinder tank main valve
    2. Switch on regulator to release the remaining co2 gas in the regulator
    3. When the pressure readings drop to zero, then you can dismount the regulator from the cylinder.
    This is what i'm doing for my co2 set too.
    Since you are in special case, i think you should observe the reading before and after turn on the cylinder main valve, after you mount the regulator. It should be a change in reading. Else, better check if the pressure guage is working correctly.

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    After almost 24 hour, the reading seems normal : 1000psi left, 45 psi right. I'll gonna put it aside until needed.

    @dreamerx5521,
    I a bit scare leh lol!
    Its like the Chinese saying : once you seem a ghost, you'll be afraid of the dark. Maybe I do it next week.

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    Re: A newbie on a 2 ft tank

    Do post some pictures of your fish tank soon.



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    @tetrakid,
    okie

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    Re: A newbie on a 2 ft tank

    I'll like to update some progress that I had made today:





    With the blessing of my wifey, I went on a solo adventure of some rock hunting at 40 Jalan Lekar.
    I took home total of 16kg and I paid $16. what a steal!

    I'll like to thank bro urban aquaria for telling me the place.
    If not I would have paid premium price for the same thing.

    On my way back I met up with bro james for his fertilizers.
    some I'm not sure if it's needed, but he's selling everything for cheap,
    I brought it from him. I'll resell those that I don't need.

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    Good progress, JC! Should be very exciting process right now!!!


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    hey jc, the rocks looks good.

    Thank you for your support for the fertilizers. If not for you it may be kept in my storeroom for very long.

    I just started this hobby this year march and still learning, but this hobby got the shuang and happy feeling when the plants start to grow.

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    Re: A newbie on a 2 ft tank

    wow !! nice purchase on the rocks!! too bad that time when I was there no gray rocks for sale...

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    Do note that those rocks **may** alter the PH of your tank water. You can do a quick test by using some white vinegar on the rocks, if it fizzles then it'll likely make your water hard. They are still usable, just that you have to be aware it will happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivan Choo View Post
    Do note that those rocks **may** alter the PH of your tank water. You can do a quick test by using some white vinegar on the rocks, if it fizzles then it'll likely make your water hard. They are still usable, just that you have to be aware it will happen.

    Just to ask, by hard means alkaline?

    Thanks.

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    @jamesmj yes, by hard I mean increase your PH, as the rocks may leach calcium into your water column. Generally this is a non-issue unless your PH is at extreme ends, or if you're keeping plants or fauna that prefers soft water.

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    @Jackychun,
    Now that the rock purchase are done, the rest shouldn't be too psychical demanding.

    When at CCK, I managed to get hold of the book you recommend at the library, "The prefect aquarium".
    that is one of the "better" books out there, it explains things in great details, even list out the pros and cons of each items.
    most books just give you general answers without explaining too much.

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    @fireblade, jamesmj,
    next day when I woke up whole body ache lol.

    bro thanks for selling, now I'm able to test out different fertilizers without paying retail price.
    Next week when I'm free I'll go check out those LFS you recommend.

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