Citric Acid CO2 - Lots of questions!! >_<
I'm trying to learn about injecting CO2 in my tank. I still have a lot of questions, so please bear with me and please help out where you can!
If my light is only providing medium light, do I still want to have 30 ppm of CO2 in my tank? Will DIY CO2 provide that much? If I run a longer photoperiod (8 or more hours), will that be beneficial or harmful?
I'm planning on using a drop checker and a bubble counter to measure CO2 levels. I have a ceramic disc diffuser. Where is the best place to put the diffuser? Near the intake (so that the bubbles go into the canister filter), in the back bottom under the spray bar? The water movement in my tank is in a circular motion from front to bottom to back to top to front again.
I don't have a solenoid or a regulator of any sorts, just a needle valve to control CO2 amounts and a pressure gauge. Can I just set it and forget it? Will fish suffocate at night? 1bps, 2bps, 3bps?
Sorry for all the questions. There's no one place that any of this is addressed. I'm in no rush to start, but would like to gather enough information so that I don't kill of my fish or have a huge algae outbreak. As you can tell, I'm a total n00b to CO2. TIA!
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