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co2 emergency(updated)

hey i just got home from my football game high off our huge win in the first round of playoffs to find diy co2 sucked into my tank! the tank is quite cloudy and im just pissed because all the time i put into the tank and something like this happens. and to top it off I have homework to do and weightlifting at 645 am tomorrow so i cant be up late with this.....please help me! will the filter get it out? what can i do to prevent this again....if it doesn't completely wipe out my tank, in that case I will have a total melt down.

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For now, do a large water change


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Do at least a 75 percent water change to get rid of the bad yeasty sugar stuff.

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if i dont have time tonight would it hurt to wait till tommorow im swamped in hw and i have to get up at the crack of dawn
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to prevent it happening again, I would add in another empty bottle after your DIY bottle, with the CO2 tube going into the lid, and another coming out of the lid, with the extra bottle acting like an empty reservoir. If it is the same size as the yeast mix bottle, then you cant get into the same trouble again. I haven't done this before, and the only downside to it that I can see is that you have more dead space to fill initially with CO2.

Here is a link where the reservoir is smaller than the yeast mix bottle, but you get the idea.

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yea thats a good idea thanks, but can i wait till tommorow for the w/c anyone??
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What gallon is it. Just do a w/c now instead of posting

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75 gallon im doin an online hw assignment now and checking in btw but im out i guess it will have to wait thanks for the help.....critter tropical fish, bigstick....
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Do several large water changes. Never wait. The sugar solution can cause conditions in the tank that are toxic to fish.
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hey I'm doing about a 55-60% w/c right now, should I do another w/c after that? and if so how long should I wait. thanks
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is it possible to buy a backcheck for the tubing? I have been concerned about this problem myself
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I would do at least two large back to back water changes.

Well you can get a check valve. But it doesn't prevent mix from getting into the tank.
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