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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-03-2006, 02:52 AM Thread Starter
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Question ADA Nano-CO2 Kit for ~6 gal Nano-tank

I am setting up the ADA nano-CO2 Kit thanks to a great sale price.

This tank (and its occupants ) has not had any CO2 injection prior. So my question now is...
What do others find (or think) is a good "___bubbles per ___seconds" count to start off with for this size tank? I don't want to waste all the CO2 prematurely since the CO2 cylinders are so small and pricey.

I know I am going to adjust it depending upon it's affect on the pH/KH (and my fishes' gasping/shrimp dieing), but to start-off, what have you guys, that are using the ADA kit, set your bubble count up for? ...how many bubbles per how many seconds?

I've seen 2-3 bps (I think it was ) is common for a 55 gal. But what about for a 6 gal nano-tank?

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Start with about 1 bubble every other second. Slowly increase if you don't get pearling and everything else is in check. Back off a bit if the fish start hanging out at the surface gasping for air. Note that if you are running this 24/7 you may not want to go as high. If you are shutting it off at night you can ususally get away with a little higher bubble rate without stressing the fish.
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The tank size is not the only thing to consider. How effective is the dispersion method?

Are you using a stone? Droping the co2 line into your filter? Planning a mini reactor?

Each will vary a bit depending on how effective they are. With co2 the best advice given is take it slow. Don't get pissed if the plants don't pearl. Just as long as the plants are happy and the algae is at bay.

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