How long before pressurized Co2 changes the PH?
Well I just got my Co2 injection system hooked up and running yesterday. got a 10lb tank with a Rex regulator with a Red See reactor. The reactor at first displayed a "tornado" inside the chamber but now doesn't show anything inside it. I have about 3 bubbles per second right now going.
Anyways I found my tests to be kind of surprising today.
My test results a week ago (dosing flourish excel) with no pressurized Co2
Which was 5.35 ppm carbon for my 30 gallon, a bit low.
Now today I tested again having the Co2 running since last night and it's had all day to run.
Ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate all 0
PH 7.6 (unchanged, expected to see at least a slight drop)
Which results in only 3.7ppm carbon.
So yeah, bit confused on why I have a lower carbon reading AFTER hooking up a Co2 injection system. Does it take a few days for it to show up in the water chemistry? Should I crank up the Co2 more?
The tests where with liquid drop tests so as far as I know they are very accurate.
Any tips would be great!
After thinking about it for a minute...in regards to there being no tornado in the reactor...it seems the reactor needs a certain amount of co2 input to keep a steady vortex. Now I put it up to about 5 bubbles or so a second and it's keeping a steady vortex. But on the other hand with 3 bubbles per second there was no vortex after a while BUT I didn't see any Co2 bubbles escaping so I assume it was getting mixed into the water. Just a thought. Maybe I'm overthinking this and just need to give the system some time to do it's job. Not sure if I should expect any changes in just one day.
Last edited by qwiksilvertrav; 08-23-2009 at 02:42 AM.
Reason: thought of a possilble solution