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Starter CO2 set

Hi guys,
I've got a very basic CO2 system running. It is nothing more than a CO2 gas canister, a length of pipe which has a non return valve half way along it, which finally connects to a open ended chamber which is submerged in the tank. I fill with the chamber with CO2 and it dissolves into the tank.

The trouble is I have no way of knowing how much CO2 to add to the chamber.
Would a drop checker help? I'm not sure it would!
Surely the CO2 must dissolve at different rates as the level moves up the submerged chamber.

I kind of reckon the is a rubbish set up' but it's all I can afford at the moment.

Cheers! any help/advice would be great
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While with a drop checker, you will be able to estimate the CO2 levels in the aquarium, I do not think it will be of any use to you anyway.

This is because what you have described is a passive CO2 diffusion method (i.e. like an inverted bell). This is an extremely inefficient method of CO2 diffusion, so you are not likely getting a very high level of dissolution into the water column anyway.

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While with a drop checker, you will be able to estimate the CO2 levels in the aquarium, I do not think it will be of any use to you anyway.

This is because what you have described is a passive CO2 diffusion method (i.e. like an inverted bell). This is an extremely inefficient method of CO2 diffusion, so you are not likely getting a very high level of dissolution into the water column anyway.
You have confirmed my thoughts, thanks for the reply
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