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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-12-2008, 01:08 AM Thread Starter
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strange drop checker results - why aren't my fish upset?

I finally bought the KH4 solution and a glass bulb style drop checker. I cranked up the CO2 last night to about 4.5 bps. The color in the drop checker was almost completely yellow (still a little green). The AP pH test kit showed full yellow. Yet none of the fish seemed disturbed. No gasping - no "drunk behavior". The plants were pearling like crazy - really beautiful. How can this be?
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bump the bps down..
Maybe your tank is well circulated.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-13-2008, 05:50 PM
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That drop checkers going to show yellow if your at 40ppm or 80ppm, maybe you were on the lower scale of the ppm. some people use a 5dkh solution so when they hit the 40ppm there drop checker will be green, trial and error i'm sure some fish are more toleratable, it's just a good estimate of your ppm without testing the kh.

Noticing your fish behavior is the best way to figure out if you got too much co2 or too little.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-13-2008, 05:55 PM
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It will also depend on the kind of fish you have. My rainbows will be gasping and looking drunk while my rummynose and serpae tetras are swimming around normally.
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