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Sparkling water?

Does anybody know how good sparkling water (i.e. water that's been hit by co2 for drinking purposes) or club soda would be for an aquarium in terms of adding in carbon dioxide? Probably pretty silly of me to ask, but somebody mentioned something to me about sparkling water as I was filling up the Brita pitcher, and now I'm curious about adding in sparkling water as a co2 supplement (obviously not mine since I don't like sparkling water, but if I can grab a bottle from work and take it home with me every day...)

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Actually that's an interesting question. Looking forward to some input.
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Years back before I started using DIY CO2, Grocery Outlet had a sale on 24 count boxes of 2 liters of a small Napa Valley bottler of 'Geyser water' seltzer, that they enhanced by adding more CO2. Forgot the name of the company, it wasn't Calistoga.

In my first planted aquarium, I would pour a half cup or so of this daily and it bumped the Rotala's and Java Fern's growth a bunch. I think the added minerals also helped.

I can't imagine that it would be economical to do this today, but back in the 90's I used it for nearly a year because the seltzer was cheap, and we drank lots of seltzer in the summer and early fall. I'm pretty certain you would have to meter it in measured amounts. I think my application probably swung the pH quite a bit.

Not recommended and sugar/yeast DIY would be cheaper by far.

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I have done it many times, and still sometimes do it and it works. The only thing to consider is that this may be an option for a small tank, but not for big one.

FYI, if you add same daily amount, say when your lights turn on, there should not be any drastic swings in parameters.
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This is not economical. Save your pennies and get a quality CO2 regulator. Set it and forget it. Refill the tank every once in a while (months to years). Much better than constantly pouring stuff into your tank (be it Excel or sparkling water). Save the sparkling water for yourself.
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This is not economical. Save your pennies and get a quality CO2 regulator. Set it and forget it. Refill the tank every once in a while (months to years). Much better than constantly pouring stuff into your tank (be it Excel or sparkling water). Save the sparkling water for yourself.
Haha you make it sound so easy! Maybe that's why I'm cruising low tech for a good long while before going for it with a Dutch scaped 55 gallon.

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Amano talks about this in one of his books.

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I think likely the biggest challenge, aside from $, is making the CO2 flow consistent. I feel like you'd be prone to too many short bursts of CO2, leaving you with huge algae problems.
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The downfall with co2 is if your Reg goes out high end or not you risk losing your whole stock of fish, one reason I haven't switched + the cost, sugar and yeast in a string 2 liter bottle with a valve is good

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id say go for it
a few people mentioned having success with it, so why not give it a try?
if your work gives them out for free, theres no cost to you

maybe start with a little bit at first and progressively add more so you don't risk something happening in your tank?
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One thing to consider is the rate of CO2 loss. Every gas will be in balance in and out of water. That is why it is bubling: co2 will come out of the water and keep the balance with the atmosphere co2. If you are curious try Henry's law on Wikipedia.

Not saying you would not enjoy some results with it. It is just not practical.

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