It makes it much harder to adjust your CO2 level without a bubble counter. Your drop checker takes time for the two solutions to equalize so you could be blasting the tank with CO2 and it would be awhile before you'd know it. (I guess one way you'd know it is all your fish would be at the surface but you do NOT want to do that.)
KATHY, this is exactly the opposite of what we told you to do this weekend at this sfbaaps meet in order to figure out how much co2 to put in the tank. what other way have you figured out to determine if the water has adequate co2 in the tank? drop checkers are ok, but aren't as effective monitoring the fish. when the fish gasp, turn down the co2. bubble counters are useless when you use fish as the canaries in the coal mine.
pittiepride, new non ada-tank setup? here is how i would go....
2.fill tank with water from an established tank on first fill to get some bacteria and ammonia in there..
3.use an established filter.
4.do as many wc's as you can till your ammnonia is down to 0 for the first few weeks, maybe even charcoal in the filter during this time.
5.blast co2 till the plants start growing, lights on 6hrs per day minimum, increse light as plants start growing.
6.when plants are obviously growing, now its time to add fish. start slow, maybe only one at first. adjust co2 so you see no fish gasping for a week while still seeing good plant growth... then add more fish.