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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.
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We've all been there. I use a drop checker, but my CO2 was adjusted very gradually.
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Close one....
I love my pH controller.
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What brand do you have lee? how reliable are they? Are they easy to use? How much is a good one?
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Mine is branded "Onsta", seems to be a generic Taiwanese thing really, picked up at an LFS here - in the US you guys would have more choices I would say.... it takes a standard pH electrode, and controls a power outlet that you connect the solenoid to.
Has been running 12hr per day for the past 7 months, no problems.
Easy to use - set the pH you want, set a hysteresis level and it does the rest.
Every 4 weeks, I soak the electrode in a cleaning solution and then a storage solution overnight, and then calibrate in the morning.


It comes with a caveat - you do have to know, and keep an eye on your waters KH. I test the KH after my weekly water change, just to be sure my water company isn't changing things on me.
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