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Co2 While Using A Sponge Filter

Discussion in 'CO2 Enrichment' started by Mike Y, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. Mike Y

    Mike Y New Member

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    Greetings,
    I am running a planted 75 gallon and just decided to bump it up with some CO2 to see what this garden can do. I run a canister filter with a cerges reactor and also have a sponge filter in my tank as a working back up or for the quick cycle to another tank. I am up in the air on a couple things and am looking for some help.

    I know my 1bpm is getting eating up with the eheim air pump but would love to keep the sponge in there as my last connection to "simple". I realize that I should probably either up the bubble significantly or put the sponge on a timer.
    I am wondering:
    >if I put the sponge on a timer will having it not run for 10 hours hurt the biology or will it be ok since the outflow of the canister is still circulating?
    > or if I should up the bubbles and leave the air run

    also, just to spice it up, I have a basic glass canopy that I use to control the evaporation. how will this affect the use of CO2 in the tank. Will this mess with the gas exchange cycle in any concerning way or am I good to just role with it?

    Thanks for help in advance and if I missed this topic somewhere I apologize I'm no pro with the search engine.

    -Mike
     
  2. Chad

    Chad Member

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    I use sponge filters in my 20 gallon tanks and ceramic diffusers for the co2. I don't seem to have any issues with my co2. You will just need to up the bubbles to a point where you can't even count them. I do ~3 bps for my 20 gallon tanks. Just up your co2 and watch the fish for a couple hours.

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  3. Mike Y

    Mike Y New Member

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    Thanks for the reply. I’ll bump up the bpm to see where that takes me.
     
  4. Mike Y

    Mike Y New Member

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    ahh your tank looks way better on my PC then my cell phone...good stuff
     
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