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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-03-2018, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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Aeration and easy carbo

Hi all,

I've read that turbulent water or bubblers can strip the water of Co2, I have tried to reduce this in my tank as I don't think the plants are getting enough Co2. I have done this by only using my bubblers overnight when lights are out and I have my spray bar submerged so it only ripples the surface - not breaking the surface. My problem is my Angelfish keep gulping for air.

My main question is; If I set my spraybar to break the surface to help increase the O2 levels, will the easy carbo be enough of a carbon source for my plants with the spray bar potentially depleting some of the tanks natural Co2?

Also; is the Co2 dropper responsive to easy carbo?

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From what I can tell, Easy Carbo is just a carbon substitute, much like Flourish Excel.

It will not (directly) affect CO2 levels of your aquarium. Your angelfish gulping for air would be unrelated to CO2/O2 levels. Similarly, surface aeration will not affect the concentration of Easy Carbo. The amount of 'natural' CO2 that is in water will not be significantly reduced if you have strong surface agitation.

Finally, a drop checker will not respond to Easy Carbo.


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