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Slow release co2 24/7....thoughts?

Hey guys,

I got a 45g fluval co2 kit and set it up last night. I had it on 1bps and turned it all the way down (at least tried, the thing won’t turn any further) after a couple hours and it still is diffusing a very very small amount of co2. Literally a bubble every 10 seconds or so.

I’ve seen people have used co2 24/7 in small doses before from looking through the forum a bit but wanted some more advice. If I kept it at this level would it be safe to keep it how it is? Only two fish in there now and the fish seem totally unbothered. Tank is less than a month old and basically completely cycled. My lights are timed, they go on after I leave for work and sometimes go off before I get back so the slow release idea would be really ideal to kinda just set it and forget it.
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Hey guys,

I got a 45g fluval co2 kit and set it up last night. I had it on 1bps and turned it all the way down (at least tried, the thing wonít turn any further) after a couple hours and it still is diffusing a very very small amount of co2. Literally a bubble every 10 seconds or so.

Iíve seen people have used co2 24/7 in small doses before from looking through the forum a bit but wanted some more advice. If I kept it at this level would it be safe to keep it how it is? Only two fish in there now and the fish seem totally unbothered. Tank is less than a month old and basically completely cycled. My lights are timed, they go on after I leave for work and sometimes go off before I get back so the slow release idea would be really ideal to kinda just set it and forget it.
YES, it is ok to run co2 24/7.

Run it at a low setting.
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Hey guys,

I got a 45g fluval co2 kit and set it up last night. I had it on 1bps and turned it all the way down (at least tried, the thing won’t turn any further) after a couple hours and it still is diffusing a very very small amount of co2. Literally a bubble every 10 seconds or so.

I’ve seen people have used co2 24/7 in small doses before from looking through the forum a bit but wanted some more advice. If I kept it at this level would it be safe to keep it how it is? Only two fish in there now and the fish seem totally unbothered. Tank is less than a month old and basically completely cycled. My lights are timed, they go on after I leave for work and sometimes go off before I get back so the slow release idea would be really ideal to kinda just set it and forget it.
YES, it is ok to run co2 24/7.

Run it at a low setting.

Thanks!!
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I use 24/7 co2 in 5 tanks, all around 1 bps (tanks range from 7g to 17g) they all do very well with minimal algae and the fish / shrimp are fine, just make sure you have some surface movement of you water and make sure the rate of co2 is slow. Keep a good eye on the bubble rate for the first day or so, also cheap regulators can loose the bubble rate so that is something to consider you dont want it to get faster without you realising.
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I use 24/7 co2 in 5 tanks, all around 1 bps (tanks range from 7g to 17g) they all do very well with minimal algae and the fish / shrimp are fine, just make sure you have some surface movement of you water and make sure the rate of co2 is slow. Keep a good eye on the bubble rate for the first day or so, also cheap regulators can loose the bubble rate so that is something to consider you dont want it to get faster without you realising.
Thats great to hear! I have a penguin 100 filter that definitely gets the job done as far as surface movement/oxygen. I have considered getting a different regulator if this gives me any problems. As of now, it has been on a steady 1 bubble every 9-10 seconds for over 36 hours so at least I know its holding where it was set for now. Do you have any recommendations for a better one (that preferably isnt too expensive)?

I am going through what feels like the worlds longest cycle ever. I was originally going to go for a fishless cycle but the guy at the lfs suggested otherwise...my ammonia and nitrites have maintained .25 for a couple days so I'm trying to be patient for the cycle to finish its course before adding more fish. Hopefully this thing can hurry up because I'm getting antsy!

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