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  1. Equipment
    1. I’ve seen others with diffusers placed lower in the tank. Will the CO2 reach the surface too quickly with the one I have, or is it ok? 2. Also, is the CO2 drop checker placed correctly? I wonder if it's too close to the diffuser and may artificially increase the reading. This is my...
  2. Equipment
    So, I'm new to using CO2 in my aquarium. I have a Green Leaf Aquatics system with a paintball cannister set up and running successfully with all the important parts, including a solenoid. Right now, both my lights and the solenoid are plugged into a timer to run 8 hours a day. I've read that the...
  3. Equipment
    I thought I understood this chart but one point of confusion to me is that the PPM numbers for "too little CO2" in yellow can be very high, while the PPM numbers for "too much CO2" are very low. Is this chart accurate? Is this just how the chemistry works? I have a Seiryu rock in my tank...
  4. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I recently set up a CO2 system for my tank, measuring the levels using a drop checker and pH test. Apparently a 7.0 pH will mean I have 30ppm CO2. KH is 10-11 The trouble is that whenever I seem to get near that 7.0 pH the puffers seem like the CO2 has taken a toll on them. Maybe it is a...
  5. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I have a drop checker for my nano tank. At the moment the checker is basically yellow so CO2 is pretty high but the fish are not showing any signs of CO2 poisoning. They don't gasp at the surface and they swim normally like they did before I added CO2. Is there actually any point in me keeping...
  6. Equipment
    Hi, I built a co2 set up with a regulator/solenoid/paintball bottle along with a reactor from pvc and got a drop checker. Everything was great for the first 2 months while my bottle lasted and I managed to get the checker to go to green, plants grew and black beard algae was under control...
  7. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I just bought a CO2 indicator for my planted 1.5 gallon cube. However, I'm wondering if I just wasted my money (though it wasn't much). I do not use a pressurized CO2 system but I do dose with API CO2 Booster and I'm wondering if the indicator will work with this or if it HAS to be gaseous CO2.
  8. Equipment
    hey so my co2 drop checker flooded. I set everything up yesterday, bubbles were going fine. Then it turned itself off for night time with a timer, this morning the drop counter is flooded, and I don't know how to fix it. When I try to unscrew the cap to get the water out water keeps flowing...
  9. Equipment
    Just received my cheap Chinese standard eBay issue drop checker, and realized it only came with the reagent, but I'd have to make my own 4dKH solution. (my tank water is 7dKH, and I have the API kit). So there I was, looking up various DIY recipes and testing various water sources in my house...
  10. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    I have a 40-gal breeder set up as a planted, turtle tank. There is about 22-25 gal of water in the tank. I have a 5lb CO2 tank with solenoid and pH regulator hooked up to a diffuser in one corner of the tank. In the opposite corner, I have a CO2 drop checker. I just cleared up an issue with my...
  11. Tank Journals
    Hi folks This is sam from India, and I am excited to share my new 60P project with you guys. Recommend if anything is required and want you guys help in suggesting some hard scape and Plants Below are the stuffs I ordered and received from ADA Japan ADA Cube Garden 60P ADA Cube Garden Mat Do...
  12. Equipment
    I knocked off my drop checker and the co2 indicator solution spilled inside the tank. Shall I be worried? I use a Cal Aqua nano drop checker with Cal Aqua indicator solution. The website says "The indicator solution is a combination of KH Standard / 4 degree KH (4 dKH) and pH indicator...
  13. Colorado
    I have CO2 drop checker reagent available if any one wants. Its available free of charge but if you can trade me for some plant cuttings or shrimp I would appreciate it. Solution is 4 dKh with bromothymol blue pH indicator. Its similar to what you get from other vendors. Light green = 20-30 ppm...
  14. General Planted Tank Discussion
    For some reason I'm not getting an accurate reading on 2 of my drop checkers I tried useing the tank water then tap water still nothing also my pressure CO2 system if I run at 2-3 bps no bubbles come out my diffuser I have the glass diffuser on both my 70gal and my 20gal. My 20gal shows I'm over...
  15. Fertilizers and Water Parameters
    A little while ago I set up a pressurized CO2 system, consisting of a 5 pound CO2 tank, a Milwaukee regulator with bubble counter and solenoid, a ceramic disk diffuser, and a drop checker for good measure. For the first little while (over a couple of days) the drop checker stayed blue. I kept...
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