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Re: Black Algae

Postby cousin it » Sat Oct 18, 2014 7:35 pm

I only use aquarium systems and could not give any advise about using a fire extinguisher bottle.
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Re: Black Algae

Postby MartinC » Sun Oct 19, 2014 10:35 pm

I think I will stick with the sodastream bottle for now and if everything is OK then upgrade to a decent size cylendar keeping the ss bottles for when I need a refill.
Next stage will be to automate the fertilisers, any suggestions? I've set up a system for making water changes easier, no carrying buckets of water for me, I spend the time saved cleaning the tank and "gardening"
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Re: Black Algae

Postby cousin it » Sun Oct 19, 2014 11:10 pm

I use a kamoer 3 pump dosing unit to automate fertiliser addition to my tanks. It has been very reliable for several years now although the £200 initial purchase is a little high.
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This is a shot of the cabinet of one of my tanks showing the dosing unit, external co2 reactor and fertiliser containers along with dawn to dusk led controller.
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Re: Black Algae

Postby MartinC » Tue Oct 21, 2014 11:14 pm

If that make/model works well and you can recommend it then I will probably go for a similar set up once I have the CO2 sorted, sounds expensive but then you usually get what you pay for! Though i have been promising myself a decent external filter for a while now so that might be higher on the shopping list.
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Re: Black Algae

Postby Carylnz » Wed Oct 22, 2014 12:24 am

It does not pay to skimp or go cheap on the important stuff!
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Re: Black Algae

Postby cousin it » Wed Oct 22, 2014 6:23 am

A good quality external filter is a very good investment, the eheim filter in that picture is about 14 years old and has given perfect reliability so far, I have other eheim external filters that have been running for 20 years and that are still going strong.
The kamoer dosing pump is a bit expensive, but has proven to be accurate and reliable, I have just purchased another 3 pump dosing unit for £90 which I will be testing in the next few weeks to see if it is also a potential option, I have read good reports about it so decided to give one a try, I will post more information once I get my hands on it and do a comparison to the kamoer and also the aquatronica aquarium computer dosing unit I have on my main tank.
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Re: Black Algae

Postby MartinC » Thu Oct 23, 2014 3:30 pm

I look forward to reading your review as you can't beat a good review for prospective purchases.
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Re: Black Algae

Postby cousin it » Mon Oct 27, 2014 8:02 pm

I received the dosing unit on Saturday, once the pygmy chameleon eggs I am hatching in the aquarium cabinet ( the temperature in there is about perfect for them ) hatch I will set the unit up and give it a good test.
I purchased This unit and early impressions are good, it appears to be well built.
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Re: Black Algae

Postby MartinC » Wed Oct 29, 2014 9:41 pm

any updates while your testing will be read with interest :)
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