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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-20-2012, 12:25 AM Thread Starter
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learned my lesson the hard way

I learned my lesson about making adjustments to pressurized co2 systems this weekend. I recieved my new up aqua in line co2 diffuser in the mail Friday, I got it all hooked up and just kinda left my flow where it was before this new diffuser, drop checker stayed about the same color. Next morning, it was blue, so ok, I crank it up a few times throughout the day Saturday and by the end of the day my drop checker was a dark green. I'm shooting for light green so I give it one more tweek and promise myself to check on it before bed one more time. Needless to say, I forgot to check it and woke this morning to 3 dozen dead neon tetras and a dozen cardinal tetras. I managed to revive my cory and my two ottos. Terrible terrible mistake on my part. I originally ran an airstone at night in this tank, I don't have a solenoid. I had my old setup dialed in where I didn't need the airstone at night. I totally forgot about the airstone and needing it during this tweek time with the new inline diffuser.
I'm pretty upset about losing all my pretty fish. I don't know how I managed to save the ottos and cory cat.
I hope maybe by reading this any newbies out there working with pressurized co2 will learn from my mistake and have something in place to keep from killing the fish at night, whether it be an airstone on a timer or a solenoid on a timer.
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Sorry to hear about what happened to your fish. Getting ready to set-up my tank for the first time. Thanks for the heads-up.
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These things happen. I was at work (big chain pet store) and usually fill up the sump with water where dechlorinating the water right away isn't a big deal since the amount of water going in is small compared to what is in the system. I went to a display tank, which isn't connected to the main system, and changed out the water. I stupidly forgot about dechlorinating the water and had to have a customer tell me that the fish weren't acting right. I saved some of the fish but some others weren't so lucky. We just have to learn from our mistakes.

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I had ran into the similar problem. I have a Rex Reactor and I saw my algae in my tank building up so I decided to crank up the CO2 while I left for practice, Came back all of my fish was swimming up side down.....
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another thing that I have noticed is on a larger tank (say 55 gallon and larger) the hole bubble counter thing is almost irrelevant. When you use a reactor or any typle of diffuser other than say one of those little glass ADA jobs you are going to go well beyond the 4 bps that everyone talks about. I have a regulator that will push 100psi on the low side and it takes around I guess 10 bps to get anything going with the in line diffuser. Pretty much the bubbles are going through the counter so fast you just basically listen to the frequency of the bubbles popping in the counter and regulate it from that.
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100PSI? u have a leak somewhere if ur using an inline diffuser. or ur needle valve is turned way down. u shouldn't need more than 40 psi to get it going under worst case scenario

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Well I meant that my regulator will go to 100psi on the low side. I don't have it set for that, I have it on 35psi. I guess I worded that wrong in my previous post, sorry.
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Sorry for your loss.
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