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CO2 tank ran out - can't get to LFS

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I have a high tech extremely dense-planted tank that runs CO2. Unfortunately my tank just ran out and a massive snow storm smacked the Pacific Northwest and I can't get out of my driveway. It's going to take a couple days for me to get the tank refilled, so I was wondering what I should do in the meantime? Should I just keep my light cycle the same and dose gloc? Or would this be the time to do a blackout until I can get it refilled? The tank just got established and was beginning to grow into the scape I want, and I don't want to crash it. This tank has a Ray II over it and you can't see the substrate with all of the plant mass.

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Cut your light way back.
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If you have ambient light, it should be fine if you turned off the tank light. Otherwise, you should cut the photoperiod down significantly. Keep your plant selection in mind if you do this.
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as a side note: id look for a welding supply shop to fill the tank. It may be cheaper than the LFS


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If you have ambient light, it should be fine if you turned off the tank light. Otherwise, you should cut the photoperiod down significantly. Keep your plant selection in mind if you do this.
Yeah I basically just dosed gloc and cut it back to a 4 hour period. BBA is showing on the substrate (slightly) so I'm guessing the swing in CO2 is being noticed. I was able to get out today and am going to run it over to the shop - I'll do a water change tonight and hook everything back up. Thanks a lot.

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as a side note: id look for a welding supply shop to fill the tank. It may be cheaper than the LFS
My LFS only charges $1 per pound so I think it's affordable. Plus the LFS is a mile away and the nearest welding supply is about 10.

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look for any places that provide "medical gas" as well. I run out to a joint called "mac's medical gases" for my refills.


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Do nothing. Two days or even a week without co2 isn't going to do squat to your tank if it's densely planted and has ample ferts.


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Reduce your water surface agitation. Don't turn on the light at all. Just allow the ambient light to light up the tank. If you have excel, you can dose it for the moment.


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Thanks all for the responses. I enjoy how diverse the suggestions are. I just reduced the photoperiod to a few hours and will have the tank up and running tonight after a water change.

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Ive had cases where I went out of town for 2 weeks and just shut it off and never had a problem. Still ran my lights the same, didnt want to gas my fish while I was gone. Plants just stop growing, you may get a little algae but nothing that wont be cured by the time you get the co2 running
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