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side effects to too much co2?

I just got my drop check in. It says i have too much CO2. Plants and live animals in the tank seems to be doing fine. Should i leave it or should i reduce the CO2? Are there any side effects to too much co2?
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Gasping fish at the surface.

My drop checker is ALWAYS yellow. I also have a decent amount of surface agitation in the tank which lets me know that there is also a good amount of o2 in the tank aswell.

DC's are a good tool to get your co2 levels where they need to be but if you have a good co2 setup then after you find that level you can almost take it out and just watch the tank for signs of sucess.

What is your setup BTW?


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Did you use 4dkH water, or tank water in the drop checker?
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Excellent question, didnt even think of that.

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Did you use 4dkH water, or tank water in the drop checker?


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i used whatever came with the drop checker kit.
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Its quite possible it was just indicator solution
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The readings you have are false then. I have no idea why the DC manufacturers tell you to add tank water. What you need to do is search 4dkh solution and either make some (not worth it to me) or buy some. With that and the indicator solution your drop checker will exhibit the colors that represent the cartian co2 levels at the correct time. Blue- not enough green-adequite yellow-now the plants are really happy!


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Also make sure you don't have the drop checker right in the flow of your CO2 (or above a diffuser), you will get a false High reading.

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I am using the solution that came with the box with i believe is 4dkh as it's labeled "solution." It's placed away from the diffuser. The color i have closely resemble the first color of too much co2 using this chart http://www.greenleafaquariums.com/co...ble-check.html.
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Buy this then put 4-5 drops of the ph reagent in it then you will have a proper reading.

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I am using the solution that came with the box with i believe is 4dkh as it's labeled "solution." It's placed away from the diffuser. The color i have closely resemble the first color of too much co2 using this chart http://www.greenleafaquariums.com/co...ble-check.html.


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i dont think i have a faulty solution. This is straight out of the box cal lab equipment and solution.
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Cal aqua does give proper solution. Isnt it called "reference solution" or something like that. I cant remember. What kind of DC did you get from CA was it a double or a regular?


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i got the double. One solution is labeled reference while the other is solution.
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Well then your all ready to go since Cal Aqua gives you both proper solutions.

Just like I said in my first post, watch for gasping fish or other behavior that is not natural for them.


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