Whoops! Almost gassed my fish...
So the used regulator I bought was a waste of $58... According to a LFS worker, the diaphragm was blown on it, and was spewing co2 all over the place. So, defeated, I decided I'd just go buy a brand new one with my next paycheck, because I have too many things I need to get with this one.
I made up a new solution of DIY co2 last night (which I had been holding off on for the last two weeks), then forgot about it. My new drop checker I installed out of excitement a few days ago was a dark blue when the lights turned out. This morning, when my lights turned on, all my rainbows were at the top, gasping. The corys and otos seemed just peachy, but they did race up to the top a few times and gulp some air (glad I have an open top). The drop checker was pale yellow! I quickly dumped a half gallon of RO water (all I had, no car to get more at the time), and placed an airstone about 4" into the tank.
Everyone seems much happier now. The males are all back to "fighting" with each other (I bought two more females earlier this week, making the ratio 5m/3f. They have to re-establish the pecking order). If the males have the gusto to be flaring and nipping at each other, and I think they'll be ok. The fry that are in the tank are just peachy.
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
- Rita Mae Brown
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