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Drop checker color

Since this is my first go at co2

How is the color of my drop checker looking?
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If the color is green. Which it looks like it is. Your Co2 is good in the tank. I would not change a thing.
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Perfect thanks! It was lighter or darker depending on the angel. So just spindle checking!
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Perfect thanks! It was lighter or darker depending on the angel. So just spindle checking!
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mine's yellow
green doesn't always mean go. you may need more if you have more light
but based on your picture, it still looks like it has a little blue. if ur shooting for the gree nthat everone else does.. i'd add a little more co2 to to the mix
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how long does the drop checker take to change colors? presumably a 20g tall.
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The lighting is 2x54w t5ho 20-24" from the substrate


It's a darker green from the side view or lighter from the front with the suction up as the background. Defiantly now blue
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how long does the drop checker take to change colors? presumably a 20g tall.
the drop checker will take about 2-3 hours to respond no matter what size the tank is
the size of the tank just determines how much gas you will need to inject, and what kind of flow you need to have
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Drop checker color

Not sure about his flow but mine is a fx5 turned down running at about 75-80% on a 84g tank
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-05-2013, 01:05 AM
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I would only use the drop checker as a indication thatthere is co2 in the tank. Relying on it for accurate co2 readings i would not recommend. Always watch plants. If they are lovin it, ur good
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i get the best results from my tank with my drop checker at a much lighter green, starting to get into the yellow zone.

of course, watching your fish is always prudent...

if that were my drop checker, I'd be bumping up the co2 a bit, but that's just me. you're obviously out of the blue zone, so you're doing it right. and it's all a balance with your light, as has been stated...
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