Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Carmel, Indiana
Another CO2 lesson learned (almost the hard way)
I did my first real big trim on my 20H in order to start planting my 75g. I have a large amount of fast growing plants and apparently they eat up a ton of CO2. I trimmed 2 days ago. I was out most of the day and when I got home around 4:00pm, all the fish were gulping air, the shrimp were barely moving on the substrate, and the otos were laying on their sides!!!
I immediately shut off the CO2, did a 30% water change, removed the glass top, and added 2 air pumps (one 10g pump, one 100g pump).
Fortunately for me, I only lost 1 baby cherry shrimp (that I have found). It never occurred to me to adjust the CO2, although it makes perfect sense.
I am saving up for a pH controller just for another layer of safety!
Thanks for reading. I hope it helps someone else.