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DIY CO2 - 48ppm- What to do?

**only plants in this tank NO fish**

I made a DIY co2 system last night for my 10 gallon tank. I also added on does (1st does) of excel. I followed the guidelines using the 2 liter bottle etc for the DIY co2.

It worked great. too great I guess... I tested my ph and kh and with chucks calculater I have 48 ppm. I know this is too high. What is the best way to lower it? Should I put the plants in a different tank till it goes down?


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You have a lot less C02 then you think....

The C02 Chart isn't reliable


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A high CO2 level (which I agree with naja and fishsandwitch that you don't really have) affects fish before it affects the plants. As long as there is some O2 in the water, they would be fine at a very high level.

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Ok, I guess I should have mentioned that my ph was 7.6 when I started the co2 and 6.4 several hours later.

And like I said, I don't have fish now, but at some point I would like to add some. Is there anyway to stabilize the DIY co2 any more than that? Maybe I should go with 1/2 a teaspoon of yeast to 2 cups sugar in stead of a whole teaspoon?

Is there a diy drop checker?

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The best way to get stability with DIY C02 is to use 3 bottles and swap the oldest one out each week. Stability is as or more important then quantity--you need both.

Just use the 1.0pH drop method for the moment...less variables to go wrong. Meaning if your pH is 7.6--you want to shoot for 6.6 or below. Highly recommended to get or make a DC (drop checker).


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Is there anyway to stabilize the DIY co2 any more than that? Maybe I should go with 1/2 a teaspoon of yeast to 2 cups sugar in stead of a whole teaspoon?

Is there a diy drop checker?
All you need is 1/4tsp of yeast. More causes the mix to ramp up faster and die off faster. Less creates a slower ramp up and a longer lifespan. With 3 bottles one will be ramping up, one will be ramping down and one will be around peak production. Stability.


Google-diy drop checker site:plantedtank.net


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Thank a lot! I mixed a weaker solution (1/4 tsp) instead and it works great!

And I'll look into bulding a drop checker. It looks harder than the CO2 though.

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Here is a very long thread about drop checkers, including how to make a few. It is in a different forum though, but I notice you have posted the same question there too.
http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...ad.php?t=32100

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ok the 1/4 tsp is producing almost nothing now. Can I just add another 1/4 tsp of yeast to the mixture in the bottle? Or do I have to remake it?
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As long as the mix was made properly--it will just take longer for it to ramp up and extend it's lifespan. If you are going with 3 bottles--then you want each one to last ~3wks. More yeast will just produce faster--and burn out faster.


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