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Week long vacation... CO2 or no CO2?

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For spring break I'm going to do my usual thing and head over to Sam Houston National Forest. I'll be camping out in the less traveled spots, collecting insects by net during the day and by Hg vapor light at night. I've been running CO2 (paintball system) in my 20gal 24/7 since I can't be bothered to switch it off at night. I'll be gone for five days and I want to leave the lights off to nip a growing hair algae problem before it gets bad. Figured five days would be pretty good, but I'm wondering if I should shut off the CO2 during that time. I'm running 3bps at the moment, and I've got lots of red ludwigia, a partial carpet of HC, an amazon sword, hygro and moneywort. I am overstocked and only one of my fish is a labyrinth fish.
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All problems are solved with $5. And even with my 5lb tank and CO2 in "bulk", I would make that back in a month or three. I've only briefly seen paintball setup info, but at the cost of CO2 for those... you're just throwing money away.
Paintball tank fills are only $4 and can last months (at 8 hrs/day).

So yeah, a $5 timer cutting your output from 8 hours of useful output per day plus 16 hours of useless output, to only the 8 hours of useful output, that should make a paintball tank last triple the time and pay for itself within a few months no prob. Just over one saved fill and you pay for the timer.

Not a huge amount of money no matter what, but it seems silly to dump unneeded co2 16 hrs per day into the atmosphere.
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