8 Tips and “Must Knows” for your CO2 Regulator and Cylinder!

Don’t just remove your CO2 regulator when it’s time to refill. Before you remove it from the cylinder, make sure that you relieve the working pressure from the low pressure gauge. This prevents future damage to the low pressure gauge when you re-install the regulator onto the cylinder. Vent your CO2 cylinder for 1 to 2 seconds after you fill or refill it, before installing any components to the cylinder. This removes any debris that may be lodged in the cylinder valve. Preventing debris from entering the solenoid of your CO2 regulator and prolonging the life…

Still a little fuzzy when it comes to the drop checker!?

Check out our blog article about how to properly use the drop checker, and learn the science behind it. Most importantly, when using a drop checker in your aquarium, you should know what the color of the indicator solution means for the CO2 levels in your aquarium. Accurate color observations can be made approximately 2 hours after initial placement of the drop checker in your tank. BLUE —> too little CO2 or low CO2 levels —> increase the rate of CO2 GREEN —> proper CO2 levels —> no action needed YELLOW…

New Elos Test Kits – pH, GH, and KH

Check out our newest Elos Aqua Test kits, pH, GH, and KH, all made specifically for freshwater aquariums. For under $20, each kit offers more than 50+ precise tests, is batch validated using NSIT samples, and features aquarium “safe reagents”. You should never have to guesstimate your water parameters. Regular use of pH and alkalinity test kits is the only way to spot trends and problems that need to be immediately addressed. Significant pH changes can be fatal, and can be prevented with stable alkalinity (also affected by GH & KH)….

Where do you get your aquarium Inspiration?

As planted tank hobbyists, we are always looking for aquascaping inspiration. Sometimes this inspiration comes when we are least expecting it, and sometimes it comes from the most obvious of sources, nature itself. During some of our most recent canoe trips in Florida, we found a wealth of natural inspiration. Excellent, vivid ideas and aquascapes for our planted tanks. We would like to share some of it with you. In an effort to organize canoe trips with our friends and future friends, we occasionally post trip announcements on our forum…