Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Minneapolis, MN
OK! In my 55 gallon tank I have a 3:1 flourite substrate, and I have 2.75 wpg ( but am going to have ~ 4wpg after I overdrive my 40 watt strip). My dKH is 14 (measured today) and my pH is 8.2 (measured today). So by 3.6*14*10^-1.2, I have 3 ppm of CO2.
Obviously, this isn't enough. I have a powerhead/gravel tube/filter floss CO2 reactor. There is nearly NO surface agitation in my tank. My filter is a Emperor 400, could the biowheels be causing the CO2 loss? Bubbles do escape from my reactor, but not too many. I am hoping to get a pressurize system for Christmas, or I am buying one with my saved up money, but for now, what should I do?