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Drop checker color Q.

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I have been running my co2 for about 4 hrs now and the drop checker color is like a dark green. Is this normal and when should I expect to get the proper color, lime green, I guess.

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Sounds about right. When CO2 is at optimal levels, it should turn a lime green/yellow color. Depending on your tank and the how fast you're running the CO2, it should take several hours to get to that point. Mine usually doesn't turn yellow until about two hours before the lights turn off.

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Thanks legomaniac89. It's been 7 hrs now and the green is a little lighter now. I just started using co2 and will keep a low bubble count and watch the creatures for now. Over the next few days I'll increase the bubble rate. I am running about 2.8 b/s in the 55g and the 30g. For the 10g I am running about 6-7 bubbles every 10 seconds. Fish and rcs are doing fine.

Oh, how long do you have the lights on ?

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That looks good, but do you have 4 dKH water, made from distilled water and a tiny bit of baking soda, in it? It almost reads like you have tank water, which will not work.

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That looks good, but do you have 4 dKH water, made from distilled water and a tiny bit of baking soda, in it? It almost reads like you have tank water, which will not work.
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It's the all in one solution ("co2 indicator solution") that comes with the GLA's Water Plant Drop Checker. I've put 10cc inside as per instructions and it was blue for about 2-3 hrs.

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Hi,

It's the all in one solution ("co2 indicator solution") that comes with the GLA's Water Plant Drop Checker. I've put 10cc inside as per instructions and it was blue for about 2-3 hrs.
Does it have that greenish color right before lights out? If so, you can still up the co2 a bit more


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That looks good, but do you have 4 dKH water, made from distilled water and a tiny bit of baking soda, in it? It almost reads like you have tank water, which will not work.
This ista checker from GLA comes with an all in one solution that has 4dkh and brom blue mixed.

I've checked it and compared it to other 4dkh standards and results were identical.
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Does it have that greenish color right before lights out? If so, you can still up the co2 a bit more
Hi,

Yes, in fact I did look to see if it changes color. I'll up the co2 a little but, I want to do it slowly. This is only my 2nd co2 day and I am a bit nervous + my wife will kill me if I manage to gas the Goldies.
What color should I expect to see in the morning ?

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This ista checker from GLA comes with an all in one solution that has 4dkh and brom blue mixed.

I've checked it and compared it to other 4dkh standards and results were identical.
Good to hear that. I wonder from were can I purchase just the solution.

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I do not know of anyone that sells just the solution. You do have 4dkh solution though and you could premix it with the other brom blue you have. Just add it slowly till it is a nice medium blue.
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Yes, in fact I did look to see if it changes color. I'll up the co2 a little but, I want to do it slowly. This is only my 2nd co2 day and I am a bit nervous + my wife will kill me if I manage to gas the Goldies.
What color should I expect to see in the morning ?
In the morning it should be a deep green. It could be a blue color if you are really not using much throughout the day. The way you are doing it is the best way though, slowly but surly. The solution color gets really light green bordering on yellowish, that's when you are right on the cusp of too much co2 and only give yourself a very small window of error.


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I got mine in today and its the same. I figure I was running mine a little high (intentional) and it turned from blue to green-yellow.

I took that as too high so I backed off a bit and now its the same color as your picture.
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Look at it this way - if your CO2 gets to a yellowish-green by the time the photoperiod ends (and your fish aren't showing any signs of being really upset with you), you've pretty much maxed your CO2; there's nothing more you can do. That takes care of CO2, and since you shouldn't be messing with your CO2 until your lighting is in place, the only thing you have left to worry about is fertilizers. 2 out of 3 variables down makes it far easier to balance your tank.
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So is the color changing for you guys overnight just because you turn your gas off?
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