Now that the CO2 system is in place I’m keeping an eye on the drop checker. I took a wild guess and initially set the bubbles per second to eight. The CO2 drop checker started turning yellow which indicates that the CO2 levels are too high. This makes sense since the aquarium is still in the process of establishing and equalizing. The plants I recently added are also still adapting so CO2 utilization might be a little low. I reduced the bubbles per second to two and will wait and see.
While down at Aquarium Co-Op getting some supplies for the 60 gallon project I couldn’t help but get a few more fish.
2 Cardinal Tetra
1 Reticulated Siamese Algae Eater
The AquaClear 70 extension tubes finally arrived. This lowers my intake strainers and pre-filters to the desired height closer to the substrate.
One of the intake tubes were damaged during shipping so Amazon is sending out a replacement free of charge. These plastic extension tubes have pretty thin walls and the envelope they ship them in do not provide much protection.
I'm not really a fan of plastic parts, however, it seems most everything made these days are indeed made of plastic. I wish Hagen used a thicker plastic for some of the parts. Another gripe with the AquaClear is its clear plastic body and lid which I believe will easily scratch over time. I guess it’s a compromise you make for a filter that does really well in the filtration department.
Fin was gifted this stuffed wolf by my parents when we first got her. It was her very first toy which she loves to suck on, something I’ve never seen a dog do before. We hide it because Wolfie is notorious for ripping apart stuffed animals so in order to protect it we let Fin play with it when supervised. She finally realized it was on the window sill.