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I'm a massive planted aquarium fan sharing my knowledge. I've added stacks of information over the years on this blog and it's all 100% planted aquarium based. Crazy heh? If you've had a question, I can almost bet I've answered it on here so search through the posts before you ask. Check out the Ask Dr Richard section too.

Maintaining a 7m long planted aquarium

Everyone dreams of having a big planted aquarium one day. Just think of what you could do, the choices you would have, the plants you would grow. Just think about the impact it would have. Truly wonderful right?!

But have you ever guessed how long it would take to manage a huge tank? Maybe a few hours a week? Maybe more…

Not only that but the tools you would need to have for maintenance. For eg, most tools like scissors are about 30cm long, but what would you do if the tank was over 100cm? How would you trim those foreground plants? Sure you could put on a mask and dive in, but it’s not really practical. So have a look at the clip below and see how the pros maintain a tank which is truly jumbo in size

Who’s inspired by this? Leave a comment if you are!

Is it difficult to pay too much for something you really like?

I wanted to share a few thoughts and ideas I have regarding pricing of products. This isn’t something I would normally discuss, but thought I would this time, as I find it a very interesting topic. And after listening to a great podcast by Zig Ziglar, I thought I should put some words down.

Now price effects everyone all the time. As Aqua Essentials is an online business, price is a factor and a reason why some people buy and some don’t. Not everyone is price focused but some are, and those are the customers need to be dealt with differently. Their thoughts are different.

Due to the nature of running an online business, I don’t always get the opportunity to talk to my customers. Most transactions are done online in the comfort of people’s home. So I  have to do a lot of reading between the lines as to why people don’t buy. If I can talk to my customer about a product that they may be umming and arring about, then invariably they will purchase. After all that’s what they wanted to do in the first place (hence the call) and then need guidance about a product and why it’s right/wrong for them. However, sometimes the right choice for them costs more and some may feel the price is too much.

So is it difficult to pay too much for something you really like? Here’s one thought:

I think you can pay too much for something – I’d like a Bentley but it doesn’t mean I’m going to give you 100k for one…

It’s a fair comment. But the great thing about asking this question, it gets the ball rolling and the customer is now thinking about the subject, and the item they are considering. But let’s not forget one thing, the fear of loss is greater than the desire of gain.

and here’s something that I say to my customers when they are concerned about cost:

Now you’re going to be concerned about price only one time – that’s when you buy. But you’re going to be concerned with quality during the entire lifetime of the product…

 

Wouldn’t you agree that it’s better to invest a little more than you had planned instead of a little less than you should?

If you invest a little more than you had planned, you’re probably not talking about that much more money – maybe a few quid. If you invest less than you should and the product doesn’t quite cut the mustard, then you quite literally lose everything don’t you?  And that’s really what I’ve built Aqua Essentials on, buying/selling good quality products that work well and are effective. I don’t sell cheap and I don’t buy rubbish for the same reasons. I want my customers to feel confident in what they are buying and like anything in life you get what you pay for don’t you.

There’s a famous saying by Jon Ruskton about price:

it’s unwise to pay too little – when you pay too much you lose a little money – that’s all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything because the thing you bought was incapable of doing what it was bought to do.

 

The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot – it can’t be done.

Food for thought heh?

 

 

Aquarium plants dying

Sounds familiar?

It is to me. But then I am on the receiving end but if you go onto forums you’ll see this sort of statement all the time. I often here the same reason as to why aquarium plants are dying and it’s normally due to the fact that they have algae. They’ve been told (normally by shops) they need to starve the algae. Advice like this is sooooo old school yet the message is continually advised from shop owners who in my opinion clearly don’t know what is best.

So hobbyists follow the advice given to starve their algae and totally stop the nutrients they are putting in. Algae dies back a little and plants totally disintegrate – the reason why is simply

you’ve just starved your plants to death…

My advice to anyone who is looking for advice is speak to experts, like us (and a few others) who know what is best, and not generic shops which peddle out these toxic messages. If your plants are dying you need to first work out why. First, are they actually aquatic plants? Sounds a funny thing to ask but there are still a lot of shops that sell non aquatic plants! This only adds to confusion to hobbyists who may be doing everything else right. Below are pictures of a few non aquatic plant – looks nice heh?

 

problem is they will last a couple of weeks then start breaking down. These plants should live in your garden or conservatory, not in your tank. So if you have a plant that looks like these (normally they come without plant labels for identification), remove them and start again.

Secondly, are your plants getting the right nutrients? I’m recommending Neutro T for non CO2 tanks and Neutro+ for CO2 infused tanks.Your plants need no other nutrients with these ferts below.

neutro t aquarium fertiliser

neutro+ aquarium fertiliser

You add these ferts daily because that’s what plants want. Just like us, they want feeding every day – not so crazy is it? Feeding weekly is nuts and just marketing spiel to make it appear that the fertilisers are more economical then they actually are.

Are you providing your plants with carbon is gas or liquid form? If not, why not? Carbon is the backbone of plant growth and without it, your plants will suffer. Try Neutro CO2

neutro CO2 aquarium fertiliser

Are you performing weekly water changes of at least 30%? Plants need clean water unless you want to grow algae and I’m guessing you don’t.

If you follow these very basic steps I guarantee that you will have success with the majority of plants. Some that you might struggle with are advanced one’s but we’ll get onto that at another time.

If you’re still having troubles, reply to this post and let’s talk 🙂 Call us on 01363 774 787.

The Best Aquarium Plant Fertilisers – Guaranteed

Another bold statement isn’t it. That’s because it’s true. These new fertilisers are THE BEST and I personally guarantee this.

These ferts have been a long time in the making. Feedback has been taken on board and the range has been simplified. After all keeping a planted aquarium is meant to be simple, uncomplicated and enjoyable. The last thing anyone needs is too many bottles of fertilisers in their cabinet and not remembering if you have dosed the right bottle or not.

So I proudly introduce the new range called Neutro. It’s simple and very effective and I know you will just love it. 3 different bottles, all available in sizes small (500ml), medium (1000ml) and large (2000ml). Details are as follows:

Neutro T – this is a trace element fertiliser that provides all the essential nutrients that a low tech planted aquarium would need. By the definition of low tech it means plants which are not injecting with pressurised CO2. If you dose as per recommended, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the results. Add 5ml per 100L every day and you won’t go far wrong.

Neutro+ – this is a complete fertiliser that provides both trace and macro elements (NPK) and is designed for those who keep high tech planted aquariums. High tech by definition is CO2 injecting with moderate to high lighting. The great and most simple feature about this fertiliser is that all your nutrients are in one bottle – this makes dosing a dream. 10ml per 100L every 24 hours.

Neutro CO2 is a liquid source of carbon for the planted aquarium.For those of you not familiar with it, carbon is essential for all healthy plant growth and can be provided via gas, or  liquid. The liquid form is not as potent as the gas but is still very effective. It won’t make your plants pearl (this is when you see O2 bubbles coming from the plant) but it will help them grow. Plants that have access to liquid carbon will do far better than those without.

In addition to this, if you over dose Neutro CO2, it can have a negative effect on algae (it helps reduce it). However you need to take care when overdosing, and increase it slowly. Perhaps 25% extra, then monitor the results. We do not recommend more than double dose.

It is also possible to spot treat plants or wood that have algae growing on them. Simply by using a pipette and extracting some Neutro CO2, squirt the carbon onto the plant or wood when it is outside of the water. Wait for 10 minutes then put it back into the water. You can also do this when performing a water change (it’s easiest that way). Dosage is simple, add 5ml per 250L every day. It doesn’t matter what time of day you dose this product, but it does need to be added every 24 hours.

So it’s really simple. For low tech tanks (not using pressurised CO2) all you would need is Neutro T and Neutro CO2. For high tech tanks (those injecting with CO2) use Neutro+ and Neutro CO2. That’s all there is to it.

Hair Grass…Elocharis acicularis? Which one is it?

Both actually! If you’re looking for what is commonly known as Hair Grass, then you’ll find there are a few varieties. However the Latin name to this lovely plant is Elocharis acicularis. And whilst we’re on the subject, I thought now would be a good time just to detail it a little.

Now this plant has been around for donkeys years and there’s good reason for it too. It’s a really lovely plant. Typically the pots are full as well – meaning that it grows quickly for the commercial growers. In fact I was only talking to them about it the other day and I was double checking the conditions that it needed (or rather the conditions they grew them in). Lots of light and high humidity. So if you give it that, guess what?! It grows like a weed.

But in the aquarium, to get it to grow fast and healthy you need to give it 2 things (imagine only needing 2 things in life to be happy…):

  1. Lots of CO2 – and don’t be tight here. You need to see you tank like a glass of champagne. I spoke to a customer today who was using a CO2 system with a 95g bottle. He could never get his drop checker to go green and he didn’t want to add more CO2 as it was costing too much for the 95g bottles. Answer, get a new reg and buy a big, cheap refillable pub style CO2 bottle. Pick up a 5kg bottle for less than £20. Then crank the CO2. WARNING. Restrict CO2 levels and you’ll grow algae, not plants.
  2. Lots of ferts. When adding pressurised CO2, you need to add trace elements and macro nutrients (NPK). WARNING. Restrict fertilisers and you’ll grow algae, not plants (Catch my drift here?! :))

When you do plant Eleocharis into your nutrient rich substrate (notice I am not suggesting pea gravel), give it a couple of weeks at least before you start trimming. If you go hard at it with the scissors from the beginning, it won’t be happy. Start trimming when you see new shoots growing – that’s when the time is ready.

Apart from that it’s an easy plant to grow. Carpets very very well in high lighting and will make you very happy if, and only if you give it what it wants.

and here’s a sweet video how to trim it

This mistake cost me £23,525.89

Only joking but I did lose money. What am I talking about? Tropica 1-2-Grow! plants. Now I’ve been tweeting about this and a good friend of mine who runs APFUK knows about this too (check out his excellent website). But I wanted to share the love as they say and pass on this information. I’m probably helping out my rivals here but what goes around comes around…

If you receive your 1-2-Grow! plants and you’re not ready to plant them, you might be wondering what you can do with them to keep them fresh. I wasn’t sure and just left them on the shelf with some other dry goods. Some of them were perfect and stayed in great shape. Others didn’t do very well which was slightly depressing (especially in the heat). You see if plants are not in 100% health, they’re not sent. So yes we do lose money and I did lose a few bob on the 1-2-Grow! plants. Rather than just take the loss, I had to find out more. A short email to Claus at Tropica and he suggested I should put them in the fridge. Cool heh.

nice fridge…

So that’s what we do. My loss rate on them has dramatically gone down. One species in particular doesn’t seem too keen on it but the rest are A OK. So next time you’re wondering what shall I do with my Tropica 1-2-Grow! plants, stick em in the fridge.

4m long, 1.7m tall planted aquarium – got your attention yet?!

I was hoping this title might catch you eye. The fact you are reading this post, shows it did. Result!

Ultimately this hobby is about inspiring people and being an online shop, it’s hard to get that message across. But there’s nothing quite like a YouTube clip to get your juices going. Takashi Amano is an absolute master in all things planted aquarium, and he was in fact one of the reasons I got into this hobby.

So if you feel a little low or need a pickmeup, then click on this link below which shows HUGE tanks. It’s just totally inspiring. And if you like the clip, perhaps you could write a brief comment why it inspires you.

Stop fairground fish from being won at the fairs

This is something I can very passionate about but I’ll keep it brief. Goldfish should not be won as prizes at fairs. They are a pet after all, not a spur of the moment idea. More often than not they will die terrible deaths as the new owners are not prepared to give them an appropriate home.

Therefore I am asking you to sign this petition if you agree with me:

Aquatic bulbs – they’re sooo easy to grow

Ever struggled with your aquatic bulbs? Ever wondered if they might be tricky to grow? The short answer is that they are SUPER EASY TO GROW.

They need so little really. I mean we keep ours in water with no substrate, no nutrients and they still grow quickly and easily. But it gets better though…

Many people want plants that will cover up their filters which is totally understandable and bulbs will do just that. On the whole they tend to grow fairly large so if there is something you want covering up, then aquatic bulbs could be just the ticket. When planting them, make sure you only half plant them – this means half in the substrate and half out of it. If you totally bury them they’ll rot.

Find all of our aquatic bulbs by clicking here.

Not another drop checker?!

Indeed!!! I know how much you love your drop checkers and I also know how much you love your brands. After all people trust brands, especially big ones. So I would like to introduce to your the:

Fluval CO2 Indicator

So what’s different about this one? Not a lot to be brutally honest but then, who cares? It performs the job it needs to and in a planted aquarium (which uses pressurised CO2), a drop checker needs to become your best friend. You need to pay a lot of attention to it and see what colour it’s changing to.

Drop checkers work by monitoring your pH (not CO2 as most think). You see pH levels are effected by CO2 (which is an acidic gas). The more CO2 you pump into your aquarium, the more the pH drops. A drop checker shows this change by the colour reading. Yellow = too much CO2, Blue = too little CO2. Green = PERFECT!!

Your goal is to maintain a lovely green colour so change your CO2 flow rate to suit. When you achieve that magical green colour, it indicates you have the desired amount of CO2 in your water (30ppm = 30 parts per million). Plants love this level of CO2 so give them what they need.

monitor your CO2 levels with this drop checker

 

Tropica Premium and Specialised Fertilisers – which one for my tank?

With the launch of Tropica’s new range of products, I felt this would be a great time to introduce their fertilisers which I might add have always been of excellent quality. Using Tropica does not guarantee you results but it’s certainly a positive step in the right direction.

So to avoid confusion, if you have a planted aquarium that does not use pressurised CO2 you need

Tropica Premium Fertiliser

This recipe is based on aquariums that have a reasonable amount of fish relative to the number of plants. The liquid is orange and you need 5ml per 50L of water every week.

If you have a tank which used pressurised CO2, you need

Tropica Specialised Fertiliser

This fertiliser (coloured green) ensures it provides macronutrients, nitrogen and phosphorus into your tank which are key nutrients plants need and a high tech set up. Remember high tech = pressurised CO2 being used. Use at 5ml per 50L on a weekly basis but this is only a guide so you will need to tweak your dosage to suit.

Have you tried the new Tropica fertilisers yet? Let us know the results 🙂

 

My tank has hair algae – how do I get rid of it?

Does this picture look familiar?

Don’t you just hate this stuff?!

I can almost guarantee that you will have probably seen this at some point in your aquarium. It’s a frustrating algae because it looks awful and can be hard to get rid of. But don’t panic, as I can solve your situation. PHEW! *wipes brow*

Let me first sort out an old wives tale and set some of you straight:

It has nothing to do with excess nitrates or phosphates

Now I’d like to quote some text from UKAPS which is an excellent forum for those who do not know. Clive, who writes a lot on there has a real knack for words and I just love what he wrote:

Hair algae has absolutely nothing to do with high NO3 or high PO4. Hair algae is strictly associated with poor CO2. My tanks always have super high NO3 and PO4 and they never get hair algae – until something goes wrong with my CO2.

Just because you are adding CO2 it does not mean that you are adding enough. Do not fall off the wagon. Do not look for other reasons. Only try to realize the truth. Moss is a low light plant, so when you pummel it with high light it suffers more than other plants if the CO2 is not excellent. Therefore the moss is telling you that it is suffering too much light and not enough CO2. You think your CO2 is good but your moss disagrees. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter what you think, it only matters what your moss thinks.

Step number 1 is to reduce you lighting intensity significantly by 50% if possible. This will reduce the environmental pressures on the moss.

You also need to increase your CO2 levels without killing your fish. If this cannot be accomplished by gas injection rate increase then you need to add more liquid carbon and this has to be done daily, not once or twice a week. The liquid carbon is hostile to CO2 related algae and at the same time it delivers CO2 to the plant. You can use the bottle recommended daily dosage or you can multiply that by 2X or 3X assuming that you don’t have plants that respond poorly to liquid carbon such as Riccia or liverworts/bladderworts or assuming that you don’t have fauna that are sensitive to liquid carbon such as some shrimp.

Increase you number of water changes per week for a few weeks if this is possible.

As you lower the growth demand via reduction of the light intensity, and at the same time improve the available CO2, you’ll find that the mosses and other plants will respond positively and will grow faster. The hair algae will subside. Use a toothbrush in a spiral motion to remove as much of the hair as you can.

This advice is soooo good and so honest. Let me know what you think. Have you suffered from hair algae or maybe you are suffering right now from it. Either way, let me know!

Tropica 1-2-Grow! plants. Have you tried them?!

We’re delighted to announce that we are stocking the Tropica 1-2-Grow! plants and they’re looking awesome. The plants really are perfection in the making. And they may look small but don’t be deceived, because the sheer number of plants in them in staggering. Each container is jam packed full of incredibly healthy plants, just waiting to be chopped into smaller pieces by you and planted into your aquarium.

For those that don’t know, 1-2-Grow! plants are grown in labs in tissue culture. That means there is never any chance of algae, snails or pesticides of any sort – it’s simply impossible. Perfect for sensitive fish or shrimp.

You can find our range of Tropica 1-2-Grow! plants on our website by clicking here. As you will be able to tell it’s quite diverse already from mosses to stem plants. And because they are grown by Tropica, you know the quality and consistency is always 100%. It’s a really brave move by Tropica to introduce these sort of plants on a commercial scale. I know they feel it is the future of aquatic plants, but the question is do you?

Have you tried these plants yet? Do you think they are good value? Perhaps there might be a reason why you don’t want to try them and I’d love to hear why!! Reply below!

120cm tank aquascaping video

Here’s another cracking YouTube clip that I just have to share. I say this time and time again but ADG are just the best at these vids and their aquascaping is A1.

If you’re looking for inspiration then these guys should be your mentor. And don’t forget you can use any wood and rock combo to get the same effect. Be creative.

notice the 50% water change too. Take note peeps. Are you doing your 50% water change weekly?

Maintenance tools for your planted tank

Making sure you have the right tools for the right job is imperative – having the wrong tools is just a pain and hinders your work. Maintaining a planted aquarium can be a little tricky and the Easy Aqua Plant Tool Set could be just what you are looking for.

Handy tools for planted aquariums…

So what are the used for?

Scissors – perfect for trimming plants. The curved tip makes them particularly suitable for foreground plants and you get a great angle for trimming plants that are normally hard to reach.

Tweesers – really useful when you need to plant up. Pushing your fingers into the substrate is cumbersome. Tweesers will not disturb your substrate making your work easy.

Sand & Gravel Scraper – once you’ve finished maintaining your tank, use this to gently move the substrate back to where you want it to be.

Lastly you can trust the brand Easy Aqua to be reliable so you know you’re also investing in tools that will last. Although these tools are available separately, if you go for the set you save yourself about 10% 🙂

Atomiser, bubble counter and double check valve in one? Amazing!!

Here’s another YouTube clip for all you folks who prefer to watch videos. It’s one of the best diffusers on the market in my opinion, and like the Easy Aqua atomisers, it produces tiny CO2 bubbles. The Easy Aqua 4 in 1 Super Atomiser is a doddle to set up to, but check out the clip below:

It’s really simple as you can see and made very well too. I know you’re gonna love this one.

Does 4 jobs in 1!

Why bother with Glass Lily Pipes?

Simple answer! Because they look a lot better than plastic one’s and ultimately when you are aquascaping you need to ensure the focus remains on your plants, and not on equipment. I mean, who wants to look at ugly green pipes anyway? I sure as hell don’t.

For those of you who don’t know, Lily pipes are glass designed to replace the plastic pipes that are fitted onto the end of your filter tubing. They’re much more stylish and easy on the eye and work great too.

But Lily Pipes also have another function that quite a lot of you may not even realise. Do you ever get scum build up on your aquarium surface? A lot of people do and go to extreme lengths to get rid of it. It’s actually caused by a lack of plant nutrients (I’m sure I’ve done a blog post on that…) but if you place your lily pipe outflow fractionally below the surface, a vortex will be created and it will suck in and spit out your surface scum! It’s great and so satisfying to watch.

So treat yourself today and try out a glass Lily Pipe – you won’t regret it 🙂

better than plastic...

World class aquarium potted plants

It’s a bold statement isn’t it? I mean what truly is world class and how do you really know? So I checked out t’internet and this is what it said:

1. (adj.) world-class
ranked among the world’s best; of the highest caliber:

I believe this is Aqua Essentials for a few reasons. I know my standards are really high and the feedback we get from customers to the quality of the packaging, the plants themselves, the quick despatch and the free advice we give day after day in the quest to help hobbyists with their planted aquarium. World class isn’t just one aspect in my opinion, it’s a number of factors based over a period of time and compared to others in the field.

Top of the range potted plants
Amazing plants delivered to your door
Our classic mixed box of aquarium plants

We only send out plants that I would be happy with. No point in sending out anything substandard – no one wants to be disappointed when what you were hoping for ends up not being quite what you were…hoping for. You just pull this expression then 🙁

We’ve been there, done that and didn’t enjoy the experience…

So the plants we send out are World Class. Kept hydroponically just like the growers. They get nice and warm air with plenty of O2 and ferts, and guess what some even flower. Not only that but because we keep them hydroponically, they ship really well and will take to your aquarium much quicker.

What’s more is that most of our plants now cost only £2.99 each and if you buy 5 or more this price drops to £2.69. Not bad heh for world class?

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 http://www.aquaessentials.co.uk/easy-aqua-twin-guage-regulatorsolenoid-p-6179.html

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