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

  1. 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.
  2. 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 of your CO2 equipment.
  3. After you fill or refill your CO2 cylinder, make sure the cylinder reaches ambient room temperature before re-installing your CO2 regulator. This ensures that the pressure in the cylinder has equalized so that your regulator can take accurate pressure readings.
  4. Don’t forget to put your seal between the cylinder valve and regulator. When using a permaseal, hand-tighten only, a wrench is usually not required and may damage the permaseal if used.
  5. When you are ready to install your regulator to the cylinder make the connection as tight as possible. Use a crescent wrench or CO2 wrench to ensure maximum tightness, so there are no leaks or loss of CO2.
  6. Never over-tighten the bubble counter on your CO2 regulator. Doing so may damage the components that protect your regulator from contamination, or cause the bubble counter to break off.
  7. Don’t forget to use a check valve. To protect your CO2 equipment, install a check valve in your CO2 tubing, close the the aquarium but not in it. This prevents water from creeping out of the aquarium through your tubing, and towards your regulator.
  8. Last of all, if you ever have any questions or problems with your CO2 regulator ALWAYS contact us. Never attempt to diagnose or repair your regulator without prior consultation.

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 —> too much CO2 or high CO2 levels —> decrease the rate of CO2

Products to make your aquarium life a little easier…

Cultivation Ceramics

These Cultivation Ceramics in four shapes and sizes save you time and effort when planting moss and riccia. Quickly place the moss between the mesh screen and ceramic plate, then watch it grow. No more string or tying needed. Purchase the ceramics individually for under $8 each, or get the complete set (pictured below) for $23.99.

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).

The Elos precise colorimetric pH kit measures a usable pH range of 5.8 – 8.3, specifically designed for freshwater aquariums. Additionally, the Elos pH kit features a color chart calibrated with RealColor technology for accuracy and ease of use.

GH (General Hardness) and KH (Carbonate Hardness)test kits measure dissolved mineral content in your water. Use GH and KH test kits to determine how hard your tap water is. Proper hardness creates the appropriate environment for your aquarium life, and affects pH stability.

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 (Aquatic Plant Enthusiasts). Please let us know if you are interested in joining or organizing an outdoor adventure, such as canoeing or kayaking. Wherever you may live, we would love to get to know you.

Help inspire other hobbyists by emailing us a photo and/or description of what inspired your planted aquarium. Also, make sure to include a pic of your aquarium too (if you want to, of course). Just reply to this email or send to news@greenleafaquariums.com. We will feature all of your inspirations and photos in one of our future newsletters.