Don’t break your Lily Pipes when fitting filter tubing!

I know this can be tricky and sometimes, yes sometimes they break and this is a painful lesson to learn I am sure you will agree. It’s frustrating and expensive and rather inconvenient too…

But it’s actually quite easy to fit filter tubing onto glass pipes, and you just need a top tip and that is:

hot water

by dipping your tubing into just water that has recently boiled, it makes the filter tubing very supple. But watch my YouTube clip below and it should all make sense.

You can see how easy it is now and the tubing slips on very easily. Similarly when removing them, once again the tubing can be quite stiff and the secret to that is to twist the tubing off and not pull. Pulling tends to create a pressure point on the glass and invariably you angle it a little too much which can break the glass.

Does this help?

Bubble Counter Fluid – no more evaporation…

I like bringing new products to hobbyists and this one is pretty cool. There’s been a complaint for years with bubble counters that you have to continually top up the solution  as the water which they are filled up with, simply evaporates. If you have an external bubble counter that sits on the side of your tank, a half filled counter can look a little untidy. This is where AE Design Bubble Counter Fluid comes in.

The non toxic formula is for use with external bubble counters only and does not evaporate.

This means no more work for you and once you have filled your counter up, it stays filled up. In addition the other major benefit is the accuracy of this fluid. When using water, if you wanted to count 2 bubbles per second, it can be a little tricky. With the AE Design Bubble Counter Fluid counting bubbles is as easy as 1,2,3 :). The fluid is much thicker than water, making counting bubbles very easy.

All in all a pretty useful product – don’t you agree?!


Drop checkers and their importance

Actions speak louder than words – I hear what you’re saying! So I’ve done another YouTube clip for you which briefly explains the importance of a drop checker in a planted aquarium when you are using pressurised CO2.

I recommend the AE Design Drop Checker with Bromo Blue Solution and this piece of equipment will save you so much stress, providing you hit the green target which indicates 30ppm CO2 (which is perfect!)

Are you using a drop checker? If so which type?

Need a CO2 regulator for your fire extinguisher?

Well look no further because I have exactly what you are looking for. Not only that but I thought a YouTube clip might help explain the reg a bit more and I also show a pretty cool feature on it which you will find out when you click below.

Using a CO2 fire extinguisher is one of the best ways to use CO2 in your planted aquarium. You can also use pub style CO2 bottles as they also have the DIN477 connection piece. Ensuring plentiful CO2 is a major reason for hobbyists to have successful planted aquariums, and if you make it limit you (because of the cost) you will always struggle. By using cheap gas cylinders you will ensure the correct CO2 levels at all times (at very little cost).

Let me know what you think as all questions are welcomed. And if you want to see the product click on this link which will take you to the correct page on our site

Super duper CO2 atomiser – seeing is believing…

This is a really neat and compact atomiser which has it all. Easy Aqua produce some nice gear and this one is no exception. Below are a few details and why it’s different from a traditional diffuser. Atomisers sure are the way forward.

The Easy Aqua 4 in 1 Super Atomiser has an extremely compact CO2 plate which means that when CO2 is forced through it, the bubbles are really tiny. As a result they ‘hang’ in the water, floating around doing their business. The longer the CO2 stays in contact with the water, the more it’s absorbed. This means you need less CO2 and makes having a decent ceramic plate all the more important. Traditional (cheaper) diffusers have basic ceramic plates. CO2 can be pushed though them very easily but the bubbles are larger and shoot to the surface. This means they aren’t absorbed and you need much more gas. As the bubbles pass through a glass diffuser plate, they can make a high pitch, irritating noise. Because atomisers have a much tighter plate, you don’t get this noise.

The bubble counter is visible on this atomiser so you don’t have to worry about a separate one elsewhere in your tank. Whilst a bubble counter is important, don’t base everything on it – your drop checker is the key to your CO2 levels and if you need to increase the dosage or not. However, it’s a good indication and you know what 2 bubbles a second looks like for example.

The check valve has double safety mechanism so there really is no chance of it not working. CO2 tubing has to be connected to the atomiser by a locking mechanism in order for it to keep it in place.

All in all a great CO2 diffuser and to top it off, if you drop it, it probably won’t break. Result 🙂

super diffuser

Planted tank inspiration

Our good friend Mark Evans has created yet another inspiring aquascape and a beautifully presented video as well. I love watching clips like this, especially first thing in the morning as it sets the tone of the day immediately.

Mark is a hard worker. He tries a lot, experiments and this is proof of the hard work that he has put in and his dedication to the hobby. He’s doing wonders for the UK market and I hope it inspires you. If it does, tell me what you think!

HUGE Planted Aquarium, ADA style…

Once in a while I stumble across amazing videos on YouTube and today I have a real corker for you. Even though I’ve been dealing with planted tanks for 15 years, I’m staggered at what I have seen below in terms of scale. Takashi Amano, aka ADA really pulls this one out of the bag. I only wish there were subtitles.

I would really love to know what you thought about this clip – does it inspire you? How big an aquarium would you go? Have you ever seen rocks or wood so big that are suitable for an aquarium? I sure as hell haven’t 🙂