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drop checker says good fish are gasping

i have a 40b with injected co2 the drop checker says water is perfect even a little light on c02 but i have 2 cherry barbs that are hanging on surface i put air stones in a t night to try to help any ideas guys
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How is your water surface...is it "still"

Point a powerhead to ripple the surface of the water.


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...DIY co2 sucks
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Do any rescaping or have a fish die lately? Could just be an ammonia/nitrite spike
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Cut back the co2 a little bit - who cares what the drop checker says if the fish are dead. Your plants may still thrive and better yet, your fish will be alive.
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What's perfect?
My lone cherry barb reacts to CO2 while he others don't. I added a little surface movement while the CO2 is on. That helped. I use a powerhead for that but you can raise your spray bar up a bit.


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Go with your fish's reaction first and foremost. the drop checker is just a rough guess at how much co2 is in your tank, your fish will let you fine tune it.


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Are you using 4dKH with your drop checker? If not, your drop checker is merely a decoration

Some fish take a little while to get used to co2, maybe you could turn it down for a while and then make it come back up slowly.
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i put an air stone in last night and now its on a time to turn on when the co2 and lights stop all fish seem to be back to normal
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If u ripple the surface it will help a lot day and night


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...DIY co2 sucks
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Have you been running CO2 for long? Some fish need to get used to CO2. Also, your drop checker takes an hour+ to react to changes in the CO2 levels but the fish react right away. My fish get sluggish, school in a bunch near the bottom of the tank, respirate more noticeably, and refuse food when CO2 is too high. I always address the CO2 at this stage rather than waiting for them to gasp at the top.

Also, what is your wather ph gh and kh? If you start out with really low pH water, then lower it with CO2, that could be a problem.

To help my fish, I lowered my water temp to 74 to allow more O2 and C02 dissolve in the water.

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I have been running co2 for about 4 months and the fish have been in there all the while. All of the fish are very active and never really we not, they all storm the top of the tank at the first sight of food. My ph is 6.6-6.8. the fish never really got slughis or showed signs of destress. they may have been mistaking the air bubbles at the top for food, while still being kind of new to this im not really sure what a gasping fish looks like.
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Easy test: gasping fish will not eat. They swim lethargically in one place at the top of the tank, they will not leave until you fix the problem or they die.

Your fish could become more sensitive to CO2 if the water parameters have changed (less O2, lower ph, mini cycle, etc).

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