larch's low tech setup

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    On a side note my Nerite snails arrived today, if they do well in my setup I am thinking of buying more for breeding purposes:

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    Those are nice little guys. Very cool
     
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    Yeah they all have survived the travel so I am happy will make a great addition to my cleanup crew.
     
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    I had an identical CO2 setup and just sold mine. In my 180l tank a single mixture was lasting about 10 days. Maybe I had leaks.

    How many BPS are you running yours?
     
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    70 days give or take so two months and a bit running at 1bps per second. I am trying a new mixture each time to see if I can extend it for longer. But at two months I am extremely happy so far.
     
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    That's really interesting! I'd love to know what mixtures you're using. I'll pass it on to the buyer of mine. Hopefully he'll have better luck than me, then.
     
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    Bottle A
    200g Citric Acid Powder.
    Mix with 600ml Water until dissolved.

    Bottle B
    200g Baking Soda
    Mix with 200ml Water until dissolved.

    But I am guessing you had a leak somewhere, also I switched mine off during the evenings.
     
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    Seems identical to mine so I must have had a leak. Thanks :)
     
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    When you say you switch it off how do you ensure that there isnt a build up of pressure in the bottles? Or do you stop the chemical reaction?
     
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    When you close off the valve the banking soda stops mixing with the citric acid so the reaction stops producing CO2. Once you open it the reaction starts again. The highest pressure I got on the bottles was 3 bar. But it never ever got past that point.
     
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    Thanks. Seems interesting. I have a paintball canister but have never tried to hook it up to a tank. Maybe I will add it to my "to do" list.
     
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    CO2 makes a big difference, even a small DIY setup like mine. Once I have enough money I might go a proper setup. But currently its a bit much for someone on a shoestring budget.
     
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    Bought some Zebra Nerites over the weekend:

    [​IMG]
     
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    Looks awesome
     
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    Lots of colour in the tank! I'm particularly jelly of the crinums :)
     
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    Looking really great. That crinums really is stunning
     
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    Had a rough week so did not do a lot of maintenance:

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    Still looking really good. The butterfly pleco camos well in that substrate
     
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    Still looking great. You must tell me if your crinum has babies :D
     

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