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Ph and DYI Co2

My DIY Co2 is doing well...well enough to where my ph has went from a consistent 7.4 for well over 18 months to 6.8-7.0 hard to differeniate between the greens. My fish are are still doing okay though...
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Sounds like it's working fine. As long as it's staying consistent and you're not getting algae, I'd say you're good

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How are you turning it off? If at all?
My DIY CO2 helped my tank a lot. But I had to turn it off at night or it would drive my ph way too low. I was using an internal reactor driven by a Power head. When off the CO2 burped up & out the powerhead.
It does work but many tricks need to apply for any consistency in ph & CO2. A digital ph meter tells what's really happening but the regency will pretty much ball park you & tell if your dropping or rising in ph.
I do feel that it is not healthy to burp the gas into the room. I was actually feeling very sick for awhile . I felt it was the CO2! I decided to run on pressurized & see what happens. I felt better almost immediately.
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In general, DIY CO2 cannot be turned off, but there are other ways to prevent accumulation of CO2 in the aquarium when it is not needed (i.e. at night), such as by using an air pump on a timer.

The small amount of gas that is produced by DIY CO2 is probably fine to off gas into the room; there is no dangerous byproduct, and it is unlikely you are living in an air tight room.

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at night i add airstone...good enough?
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at night i add airstone...good enough?
In all likelihood, you won't even need an airstone.

Provided that you have sufficient surface agitation, it is unlikely that CO2 will build up to dangerous levels.

You did not mention what size aquarium you have as well, but with DIY CO2, it is difficult to overgas as well.

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