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How many bubbles?!?!?!

I have installed a DIY CO2 injector and I am terrified of hurting my fish. The count is currently holding steady at 1 bubble a second, but is this enough? What is a safe compromise between the fish and plants?

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Flora: Wisteria
Fauna: Long finned Diano (Blue and Zebra)
Tetra (Head and tail and Neons)
Bristlenose Pleco
Speckled Cory
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A lot of people use drop checkers to register their CO2 levels. Best to go ahead and get yourself one. Look for fish gasping at the surface or laying lethargic on the floor as a sign that there is too much CO2 in the tank.

Start slowly and work your way up. Some people also turn it off at night as plants do not consume CO2, but rather O2.
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I assumed I would see physical symptoms if anything went drastically wrong. Is there any pet store chains that you know of that carry the drop checkers or do I have to order one?
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Nevermind on that question, I figured out how to make a DIY drop checker. New question: The solution is made from R/O water, baking soda and Bromothymol blue correct? What is the easiest way to get ahold of Bromothymol blue? Where is it sold?
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Bromothymol blue is the indicator that goes from yellow --> blue with an acidic --> basic change in pH. It's the one that comes with 99% of pH test kits. If you've got one you probably already have the stuff.
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Yup Yup, its the solution that is found in your drop testing equipment. If you don't have some, maybe your local fish store does testing in that manner. All the chains like PetCo and PetSmart tend to use dip sticks (not gonna work and useless anyway) See if they will shoot you a bit.
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Thanks all!
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