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Getting out of the co2 business...

So, I come home today to find that all of my fish, except for a select few are dead. Apparently my bubble counter was up to high and the fish suffocated. I had adjusted the bubble counter last night to a good speed but apparently it wasnt stablized well enough. I just cant do this anymore. I cant deal with the heartbreak of all my fish dying. Yes I know that it was a accident and that it probably wouldnt happen again but Im just sick of the overall maintance of the 3wpg planted tank. The weekly water changes and the daily ferts. I just want a tank that is focused mainly on my fish instead of plants. I am truely heartbroken. I lost two beautiful angels, 1 bristlenose, all of my harlequins and 3 SAEs. Thank you everyone for all the help. Im going to keep all of my equipment in case I decide to go high tech again. I will still have plants, just low light and low maintaince. I just wanted to share my experience.

100g tank:10 small angelfish, 1 harlequin rasbora, 2 albino cory, 2 clown loach, 1 rubberlip pleco, 1 bristlenose pleco and 1 apisto borellis.
Rena Filstar xp3, 2x32 and 1x96 watts with no co2.
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Sorry to hear that. Hopefully you'll find the right setup for your current state of mind.

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sorry for the loss... Nothing wrong with a low tech tank.


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sorry you lost your fish.
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thank yall. It was just wierd because my angelfish's eyes turned cloudy after they were dead.

100g tank:10 small angelfish, 1 harlequin rasbora, 2 albino cory, 2 clown loach, 1 rubberlip pleco, 1 bristlenose pleco and 1 apisto borellis.
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I'm so sorry I know how sad it is to just lose one fish!

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I had the same thing happen to me before and did it ever suck. Everything looked so good when I got home almost my whole tank was lost. I think it is the ghost of the fish past that like to play tricks on us. My CO2 was cranked way up and by the time I got a air stone going I had lost a couple more. Sorry to hear about it.

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Sorry to hear the bad news. It's never easy losing fish, especially when you feel you had a hand in their deaths. Been there, done that as well.

I'm pretty much all about low tech myself these days.
I may change my mind someday, but for now I just don't have the time needed to maintain much more than that. I'm content with having tanks I can actually spend more time looking at than being in elbows deep daily.

Look at it this way maybe...You get to go fish shopping...lol
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A technical point to be sure. But you can't adjust a bubble counter. You adjust a needle valve. The bubble counter is merely the means by which you can tell how much you have adjusted a needle valve.
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Sorry to hear it RP.
I've almost been there myself (the Mrs had an insomnia thing that night and noticed the fish acting "weird").
Trust me, on a large tank, low light, and low maintanance gives you more time to enjoy the tank.

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yeah i just want to enjoy the tank more than feeling like its a job. I am so busy now a days and I just want to enjoy the fish now. thank you everyone for your comments.

100g tank:10 small angelfish, 1 harlequin rasbora, 2 albino cory, 2 clown loach, 1 rubberlip pleco, 1 bristlenose pleco and 1 apisto borellis.
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BTW, what causes some of the fish to survive and some to die? Are some just stronger than others as far as tolerating co2?

100g tank:10 small angelfish, 1 harlequin rasbora, 2 albino cory, 2 clown loach, 1 rubberlip pleco, 1 bristlenose pleco and 1 apisto borellis.
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So, I come home today to find that all of my fish, except for a select few are dead. Apparently my bubble counter was up to high and the fish suffocated. I had adjusted the bubble counter last night to a good speed but apparently it wasnt stablized well enough. I just cant do this anymore. I cant deal with the heartbreak of all my fish dying. Yes I know that it was a accident and that it probably wouldnt happen again but Im just sick of the overall maintance of the 3wpg planted tank. The weekly water changes and the daily ferts. I just want a tank that is focused mainly on my fish instead of plants. I am truely heartbroken. I lost two beautiful angels, 1 bristlenose, all of my harlequins and 3 SAEs. Thank you everyone for all the help. Im going to keep all of my equipment in case I decide to go high tech again. I will still have plants, just low light and low maintaince. I just wanted to share my experience.
I understand your feelings, I've lost plenty playing with Co2, but this problem is very simple to rectify.

1 Milwaukee SMS 122 PH Controller would have kept this from happening.... :-/

As for fish surviving or not, some have higher tolerance and some, such as many catfish species, can get there air from the top of the tank.

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Lighting: 1x96W Current USA CF - 2x96W Generic CF
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Plants: Pogostemon yatabeanus, Foxtail, Bacopa, Egeria najas, Anubius, E. 'Ozelot Red', Ranalisma rostrata, Hornwort, Rotala Indica, Ludwigia Repens, Vals, Cabomba, Lilly, MoneyWort
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i did have a sms ph controller but could not use it because my substrate caused my ph to lower to the 5 range so there fore my controller wouldnt even allow itself to cut on. I just had the co2 on a timer to come on during the day and off at night.

100g tank:10 small angelfish, 1 harlequin rasbora, 2 albino cory, 2 clown loach, 1 rubberlip pleco, 1 bristlenose pleco and 1 apisto borellis.
Rena Filstar xp3, 2x32 and 1x96 watts with no co2.
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