As I don't yet have a drop checker, for now I need to rely on bubbles per second to set the amount of CO2 injected in my aquarium. It is 95g, and I don't have any fish yet (the drop checker will come before the fish) so no risk if I inject too much.
You will need to increase the BPS but if there are fish or shrimp or snails in the tank go easy and tweak a little every few days.
I have more bubbles than I can count [gave up at about 15bps] going into the clear housing of the Cerge's reactor that is on the 180 gallon tank but it isn't a stream. Covered tank and sump with a low turbulence Herbie type overflow and loads of surface ripples all the way to the other end of the tank.
Drop checkers are so slow to react I will take pH readings from tank water if I am concerned. I take a pH reading before the gas goes on and every 15 minutes or so after it goes on. Interesting to take water from different areas of the tank too to see how good circulation is overall. That is the starting point, likely there is a more of a drop than that needed for a good CO2 level.
I'm assuming the CO2 test solution they are referring to is the 4kh whatever I keep seeing over the forum here?
Edit: Considering I see people here selling the exact same thing with the extra solution, I guess not. Looks like I'll be ordering from here.
The drop checker will be fine, if you want to purchase that one. The second link does not work, but seems to be moot since you will be purchasing from the forums anyway.
4 dkH reference solution can be made easily if you have access to a scale and some basic measuring cups/graduated cylinders. Or you can go full out with an analytical scale, reagent grade chemicals from Sigma, and made in a volumetric flask
I'm confused about what to start it at for my shrimp tank. I don't want to gas them. My DIY Co2 on a good day puts out one bubble every 2.5 seconds! PH is lowered from 7.6 to 7.4-7.5 at this rate lol. So yeah, I am upgrading. I'm going to get a drop checker but I just worry that I will start it too high and by the time the drop checker kicks in (I think I read it takes 4 hours? Or possibly I am delirious and recalling incorrectly) everything has died.
So it looks like the trick is to start it low and check the PH every 15 minutes?
Watching ur livestock is the best indicator.. barring that once youve done that for a while measuring ph accurately will generally give u the concentration u desire.
With shrimp. Less is widely accepted as better, a lot of them are very sensitive. As far as cherries go, ive never seen that to be true, but they are practically bulletproof
1.5 ph drop is huge
1.1-1.2 is about 30 ppm
1.3 is about 40
1.4 is about 63
1.5 is about 80 i think the more the change in ph the more u step up in co2.
its not .1 ph equals 5 ppm. its increasing in value more than that or this would be a whole lot easier to contrl