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Drop checker question

I've run my CO2 for a couple of days now. I made a 4Dkh solution, installed the DC with the solution and about 2 drops of the Ph solution. After 8 hours of CO2 at about 2bps (which, btw is really difficult to count two different timings at the same time ) I'm still not seeing ANY change in the color of the solution. It's as blue as this fish ->

What's going wrong?
Can I verify the 4dkh with my KH test kit (n0ob question)
Would the Ph solution be inaccurate if it was old, about 2 years?

I'm going to bump up the bps for a few days (cause there's no livestock yet) and see if that helps.

Any other thoughts on why it's not registering?

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farrenator commented on my journal as well regarding this question. due to me having a sump, I may need to cover the sump to keep the co2 from off gassing as well. Sounds like a great point. Does anyone have any experience with this. The difficult part will be cutting holes for the tubing and especially sealing/dealing with the float valve (stem and float). I'd love to hear ideas how to accomplish that if you have any

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Almost any sort of covering will work, such as a sheet of plastic, and duct tape all the edges and holes.
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i duct tape mine weekly during my water, and filter pad change. works great

downside, the drain is always sucking in air so ur sump will force air out of a corner where the duct tape is attached the least, this will blow out a good portion of the co2 ur trying to save, just keep that in mind.. its the reason many go to a durso or herbie drain setup

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