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Old 04-02-2013, 11:40 AM   #1
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CO2 combo?


What about using DIY CO2 and Flourish Excel? Good idea or bad idea?
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There isn't really a need to use Excel if you are using CO2.
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There isn't really a need to use Excel if you are using CO2.
Depending on the rate of diffusion and the actual water CO2 concentration, this may be the case.

To me, it sounds like you're overcomplicating things a bit and asking for trouble.
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nah.. i would rather choose one...now
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It won't do any harm to use both, but it will cost you much more than necessary. If you are trying to get rid of some BBA you might want to use both until you kill off the BBA, but I don't see much benefit otherwise.
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Depending on the rate of diffusion and the actual water CO2 concentration, this may be the case.
That's what I'm worried about, the whole diffusion thing. How do I know if I'm getting enough CO2 distributed throughout my tank.
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That's what I'm worried about, the whole diffusion thing. How do I know if I'm getting enough CO2 distributed throughout my tank.
The cheapest way is to use a drop checker, and move it to different points throughout your aquarium.

Of course, a drop checker is only an approximation of the amount of CO2 that is being diffused into the water column, and not a precise measurement. For that, you would need a CO2 meter (expensive).

Another (cheap) alternative is just to watch your plants.
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