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Old 08-18-2015, 06:42 PM   #1
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Bubble Count for 40b


I got my CO2 ready to roll, but my drop checker has not shown up yet.
Is there a way to estimate? I have 40 gallon breeder, dirted with a 100 watt CFL and a 100 watt LED "bulb" in 10 1/2 degree reflector gizzies and about 30 plants.
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Old 08-18-2015, 10:07 PM   #2
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You can use a freshwater ph test kit.
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I just moved my co2 over from my 29 gallon to my 40b like 3 days ago and just kept it at 1bps. So far no issues. PH test kit in the meantime should get you figured out tho. Test it at night or early morning before the co2 comes on, and then again about half way through the co2 period. 1 degree drop in ph is what you want.
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I just moved my co2 over from my 29 gallon to my 40b like 3 days ago and just kept it at 1bps. So far no issues. PH test kit in the meantime should get you figured out tho. Test it at night or early morning before the co2 comes on, and then again about half way through the co2 period. 1 degree drop in ph is what you want.
Therein lies the problem. If I test with dip strips, which I've been told are less accurate, I get around 6.5-6.8, if I test with my liquid test kit from my API master test kit, I get 7.8 to 8.2.

Is there a way to check a liquid test kit?
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Either wait for drop checker or start slow and ramp up. Ive never used a bubble counter, I also have a 40b. Just test kh and ph every hour co2 is on to get an idea. Also watch fish for gasping.
Took me a couple days to get the ideal levels.
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I ordered another drop checker. For the $8 - if the other one ever gets here, I'll have a back-up.

I wish the LFS were still around, the only option is PetSmartCo, and they only carry the basics.
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I ordered another drop checker. For the $8 - if the other one ever gets here, I'll have a back-up.

I wish the LFS were still around, the only option is PetSmartCo, and they only carry the basics.
It may be coming from china or somewhere near, mine took almost a month to get.
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