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Art wrote about CO2 Test Kits:
So I have 3 possibilities that I can think of:
A:- My test kit is defective
B:- My CO2 concentration is extremely high (over 80
C:- I dont' know what the hell I am doing.
The plants that I have in the tank were not showing
any sign of growth for the first 2 weeks I had them,
in the almost 4 days since CO2 started, they are
showing new growth in the form of new leaves and
shoots coming out at various spots. So the question
is: Is my CO2 really that high? I would have thought
that such a high concetration would kill my fish, but
they seem very happy, no deaths, no stress that I can
see.(4 Guppies, holding there until tank cycles). I
called Big Al's from whom I bougth the test kit
(Plant Care Mini-Lab Test Kit from Red Sea) and they
were very ---helpful.
IME, the Red Sea kits are pretty useless. I have
this same kit and was never really able to figure out
my CO2 from it. I bought a LaMotte, which is much
better. (I think I would have been better off buying
a pH meter from the begining and using that and my
cheap Aq. Pharm hardness kit to determine CO2 from
My advice is to ignore the Red Sea kit and obtain a
reasonable KH (carbonate hardness) test kit and a
good pH test kit. Then use the CO2 vs. KH / pH table
or elsewhere on the net. Also, I was never
able to obtain results from the Red Sea Fe test kit
that comes with the "Plant Care" set... I am happy
with the SeaChem one I bought to replace it. YMMV etc.
Hope this helps!
-Tony in Philly, where it is almost _70_ F_ !!!!!