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Turning off DIY co2 at night?

I heard it was inefficient to leave co2 on at night. I am gonna start running a DIY co2 system with soda bottles and a chopstick or something to diffuse. How do you guys control when it runs and doesn't?
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Have the same set up with the chopstick. I just leave it on at night...
Just let it run and run and run. if you want you can take it out and stick it in a cup or water or something. Did that at first, but then didn't even bother. Shrimp and fish are fine.


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thanks mizu, always answering my awful questions.
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Haha, no problem. And no question is awful.
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if youre worried about a CO2 overdose in your tank at night you can always add an airpump/stone. surface agitation will release CO2 and the O2 will dissolve for your fish & shrimp
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Install a check valve on the tubing of the DIY CO2. When you want to "turn it off", just unplug it from the check valve. When you wake up, plug it back in. It'll take a couple hours to get enough pressure to see bubbles diffuser though.

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if youre worried about a CO2 overdose in your tank at night you can always add an airpump/stone. surface agitation will release CO2 and the O2 will dissolve for your fish & shrimp
its a good thing my hang on filter makes a lot of agitation. my waters been cloudy for the past three days since switching to ADA Amazonia 2 substrate. Should the white cloudiness be gone by now? Know I'm off topic but I don't want to start another one .
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probably a bacterial bloom. it should go away once the substrate has cycled
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