larch's low tech setup

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    As you can see from the pictures they are happy and healthy, but thanks for your concern. :)
     
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    Looking awesome bud, where do you get the bamboo that you put in the hob? Love the idea!

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    Most Chinese malls sell them.
     
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    Got this today will set it up this weekend:

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    You doing the citric + bicarb version? Mine's sitting here. Waiting for me to set it up :fail:
     
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    Need to find a place that sells citric in bulk though...

    I have unlimited access to sugar/yeast since my wife bakes a lot.
     
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    After selling my HOB I had no way to put back my Chinese Bamboo into my tank so a boer made a plan:

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    Pick n pay sell citric acid at R18 for 100g. So you will need 200g= R36 and it should last 2 or 3 weeks

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    So I set up the entire thing last night using Citric Acid/ Bicarb will take pictures this afternoon only finished up late last night. Few things I noticed:

    1. Investing in the DIY kit was well worth it, for the R250 I get way more control and I can now control the bubble count.

    2. My normal sugar yeast mix lasted me around 2 weeks. And unlike the Citric Acid/ Bicarb there is no way to stop the reaction or put it on pause like with this mix so it should last me more than a month since I can just close the turn off valve.

    3. I just just miss the 1 bar of pressure needed to run a proper diffuser, so I am sticking to using my DIY method which thus far has worked perfectly fine.

    4. 1KG Citric Acid is about R 40 which will last me about 5 months and Bicard about the same. So the entire system should cost me around R240 a year to run. Which isn't too bad.
     
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    Good info. Are you using any special bottles for the setup? I really need to pull my thumb out my butt and do mine.
     
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    Also, now that you've set up yours, what would you say is the smallest size bottles that can be used effectively? 500ml? 1litre?
     
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    Anything smaller than 1 litre won't work as the mixture requires 200 grams of baking soda and 600 mils of water.

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    Just standard 2 liter bottles.

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    Great, thanks!
     
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    You're also in Centurion, right? Where did you end up buying your citric acid + bicarb from?
     
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    Bakers Bin, they do big quantities of all baking products. The system has now been running for a week with no signs of slowing down.
     
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    Thanks! That's very close.

    How's the growth going? Better? Same? Worse?
     
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    Well, most of my plants are slow growers low-tech plants, but I will post progress pictures tonight.
     
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