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Major tank crash :(

Man what a crappy evening. I came home to see all my fish either dead or gasping for air. I scrambled to find out what was wrong and after some research I found out my CO2 controller/solenoid had been stuck on! pH was down to 5.4. I quickly scooped the fish I could into a quarantine tank but I doubt they'll make it. I unplugged and replugged the solenoid a few times and it started clicking again, it must have gotten stuck....

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yikes, sorry to hear that

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Oh dear! give your fish some time, I've had some bounce back from that before....good luck with your remaining fish. I'm sorry about your tank...I know how that feels, it's one of my worst nightmares!
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run an airstone they will recover quickly.
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I did, some recovered by this morning. The tank seems to be ok now.

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Great!!! Glad your tank came back and your fish seem to be doing well.
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I'm glad to see that your tank came back from the brink of death. Are all of the "dead" fish actually dead, or did some of those come back as well?
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I'm glad to see that your tank came back from the brink of death. Are all of the "dead" fish actually dead, or did some of those come back as well?
A few bounced back, most died unfortunately. The part that sucks is theres really no way for me to avoid this from potentially happening again since the problem occured in the solenoid, unless they make a timer for air lines.

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I heard of many folks that run CO2 24/7. WHy did you have a problem?
Doesnt your spraybar provide enough surface movement? I never run an airstone, but I have two spraybars going. Do I need to learn more here to prevent a problem?

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I heard of many folks that run CO2 24/7. WHy did you have a problem?
Doesnt your spraybar provide enough surface movement? I never run an airstone, but I have two spraybars going. Do I need to learn more here to prevent a problem?
I guess if your gas output was slow enough you could run it 24/7 and maintain a specific pH but that seems like a scary option to me. My gas line runs a bit higher to get the pH level adjusted quickly. The only problem is if the solenoid does get stuck then it keeps dropping the pH to dangerous levels as it did.

Some people run airstones, some don't. I run an airstone at night only and a powerhead 24/7. Neither output of my filters come into the tank via spray bar as I want to avoid surface agitation durring the day, I want the co2 gas to remain in the water.

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