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Co2 drop checker color never changes

My 55g has been running for 2 weeks now. 4 days with the co2 system. Currently set at 1bps at 22psi. Fluval drop checker with the Fluval solution. It started blue and after a few hours turned green and has remained there. I turn the co2 on 1hr before the light and off 1 hour before the light turns off.

My drop checker never changed though ever since it went green. Day, night, morning it's always green. Shouldn't it turn back to blue over the night? I moved it so it's in better flowing area but didn't help. Fish are fine. Dosing seachem ferts right now but just ordered all the EI ferts from green leaf aquariums to start that.

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Which water are you using in the drop checker?
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Dont know much about Co2 yet but just taking a guess, maybe try turning off the Co2 when the lights are on ( like more than 1hr), see if it goes blue then.

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Honestly I just threw my drop checker back in my tank and it is always yellow/green. I run a pH controller and get large swings in pH from surface agitation / the CO2 gassing off after the lights go out. The thing is still green in the morning.

On a side note 1bps in a 55g is a very small amount of CO2. How much surface agitation is on your tank?


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Take him out of water and should by blue in 2 hours,in tank during off gassing period he never get (mostly) blue he'll need lot more time.In 55 gallon tank you'll need more bps to get yellow/green.
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Drop checkers

Drop checkers will seldom read accurately. There usually behind , in whatever your ph actually is. I have purchased the best money could buy , tried them in different places in the tank. They never read accurate for me. And 1 bps will do absolutely nothing for a 55 gallon tank. I have mine going into my 60 gallon so fast , I cant even count the bubbles. I am using a ph controller and a co2 reactor. I get a 1.0 drop in ph and it holds steady all day. If you can , get a ph controller. The drop checker will drive you insane.


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Drop checkers will seldom read accurately. There usually behind , in whatever your ph actually is. I have purchased the best money could buy , tried them in different places in the tank. They never read accurate for me. And 1 bps will do absolutely nothing for a 55 gallon tank. I have mine going into my 60 gallon so fast , I cant even count the bubbles. I am using a ph controller and a co2 reactor. I get a 1.0 drop in ph and it holds steady all day. If you can , get a ph controller. The drop checker will drive you insane.
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I was using just an in tank diffusior, but just finished building a reactor that will go inline with one of my Fluval 306 canisters. I will install it tonight or tomorrow.

Ill look into a PH controller. Any suggestions on a good one?
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