New to C02, Looking For Advice
Hello all, I recently decided to make the jump to high tech and purchased a GLA regulator and have been running Co2 on my 125 gallon for about three weeks now. I'm always researching the questions I have but have a couple I thought I'd throw out to maybe get a fresh perspective.
125 gallon 72x18x22
2x Eheim 2217
1 row Finnex Fugeray
2x Hydor inline 200 watt heater
3x Hydor 450 powerhead
GLA Ultimate regulator with atomic inline diffuser
Ferts- changed from PPS Pro to EI two weeks ago when I added more plants, root tabs.
Tank has been running since April
Started with 4-5 bubbles per second, on one hour before lights on, off one hour before lights off. Took the co2 indicator 4 - 5 hours to get to lime green, I know there is a lag but this seems too long. This week I changed the timer to turn on 2 hours before lights on and pushed it to 6 bubbles per second, not seeing a big difference in the time it takes on the indicator. Did this partly because I felt I needed more co2 in general but also I believe I'm starting to see what I believe is BBA, short black fur forming around leaf edges however nothing on rocks, wood, substrate or glass yet. Research says up the co2. With my size tank what BBS and timer schedule would you have? I'm tempted to start running the co2 4-5 hours before lights on.
Also, I'm confident about the advice I received in setting the co2 system up but am wondering if it is optimal for my tank set up. The co2 is injected from the right outlet in the corner so I'm concerned if the 2 eheims along with the powerheads are enough to move the co2 from one side of the tank to the other and fully saturate the water column. I feel like I get decent circulation throughout the tank yet while really liking the Eheim 2217's the turnover isn't the greatest. My temptation is to add a third filter and inject the co2 in the middle. Does the right side appear healthier than the left? Some yes, some plants no, probably too early to tell. I don't want to jump into that temptation yet because what I've learned with my other hobby, woodworking, the joy of buying a new tool isn't always necessary. Would love to hear your thoughts on this.
Sorry for the long post, try and make them short and sweet yet they turn into paragraphs. Appreciate the responses.
Last edited by joeyNdana; 08-22-2013 at 01:58 AM.
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