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rick4him

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So last night something happened, I'm assuming I bumped something against the needle valve, but when I came home the co2 was pretty much coming out like a million bubbles a second. (I'm assuming the needle valve some one got bumped when I was cleaning, and I didn't see it happen.) - co2 poured into the tank.

When I came home last night every single thing in my tank (except, believe it or not 2, or 3 amanio shrimp) was dead and up at the top. There was a ton of foam in my tank, and the plants didn't look good at all.

I took all the fish out, and did a 50% water change. The drop checker went back up to clear yellow right away again. I did another water change today and it looks like it is in the green area now. I added some card. tetra's, but my plants still don't look well today. There is some sort of alega on the leaves of the plants, and they look not to well. (not dead or anything, just like they got an over dose of co2 yesterday)

What should I do? Do I just keep everything as normal, and the plants will "fix" them selfs, as long as the drop checker stays at the green color?

Did I hurt my plants yesterday? Is the alega from a HUGE over dose of co2? Did I hurt my canister filter because of all of the co2 that got sucked into it? The pressure doesn't seem to be as strong today coming out of the spray bar.

Just wanted to get some advice.

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Be careful; with the CO2, that's about it.

Things should be fine once the ppm's are down

Regards,

Tom Barr
 

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Long before any plants would be harmed by excessive CO2, all of the "animals" in the tank would be dead. So, I wouldn't worry about the effect of the high CO2 on the plants. The filter isn't harmed by CO2 - some people use the filter as a CO2 reactor by injecting CO2 into the filter inlet. The algae wasn't caused by the CO2 either. You probably already knew all of that, but just in case, I offered it.
 

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Another reason to use a more natural way to grow plants maybe?

No more CO2 problems!

Bill
 

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VaughnH;23923 said:
Long before any plants would be harmed by excessive CO2, all of the "animals" in the tank would be dead. So, I wouldn't worry about the effect of the high CO2 on the plants. The filter isn't harmed by CO2 - some people use the filter as a CO2 reactor by injecting CO2 into the filter inlet. The algae wasn't caused by the CO2 either. You probably already knew all of that, but just in case, I offered it.

actually certain sorts of algae can be caused by inconsistent co2. I believe the bba that I got on my plants are a result of the massive amount of co2 yesterday.

Also you can mess up your filter with to much co2, you can airlock the filter, because it is sucking in so much co2.

And also on my post I'm not sure if you read - but all of my plants did indeed die.