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Funky Clown Loaches and C02
Gasp. Well, that's loyalty for you. Paying for their owner's misjudgments <g>
I have four in the 120, and there they stay. So I run a Vortex for an hour or
so each day. No big deal. But to each his own. I just happen to think there
is a valuable trade off here for me.
I'm about to jump off into the unknown once again and would like to receive
the collective list wisdom on the following.
Saturday when my Bioplast regulator etc arrive, I'll be hooking up my CO2
system for the first time. I'm aiming for 10-15 ppm of CO2 and will probably
start the perking at one or two bubbles a second. Reasonable? Or am I totally
off in left field here?
With the following tank parameters, what can I expect regarding pH and
hardness changes. (I'll be turning the system off at lights out)
pH - 7.0
NO3 - ca 2ppm
dkH - 4.0
dgH - 3.0
PO4 - 0 to 0.5 ppm
Fe - .2
100 percent Flourite substrate
Temp a constant 80 F
light -- moderate fish load
Eheim 2228 Filter with occasional Vortex augmentation.
275 watts of 9325k PC lighting, 12 hours per day staggered to emulate
changing intensities of a *normal* day. Not trusting them darn tables, I
went out and bought a Sera CO2 test kit.
Am I correct in expecting a .5 drop in pH to circa 6.5, and how will this
affect gH and kH? I learned a bitter lesson early on, and I am loth to add
ANY chemical to the water column unless absolutely necessary, and I mean
BTW the Indian Red is doing spectacularly well as the tank's off center
centerpiece. Measuring from the top of the substrate, the leaves are 15
inches tall and spreading up and out. It resembles a huge Rubin. Can't wait
to observe how it and the other swords react to the added hit of CO2.
Thanking the list in advance