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Old 09-11-2006, 11:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all, I was wondering if running co2 24:7 all day long would work out cheaper than say 10 hours a day

The reason I ask I see some people do 1 BPS and leave it running 24:7 so it's always in the water column. That would be around 84,000 bubbles a day

If you compared it to people who run it say 2 hours before the lights come on, and run it for 8 hours. 10 hours a day at a rate of 4BPS, they would be using 144,000 bubbles for 10 hours. 3 BPS 108,000 for 10 hours

I'm thinking if you leave it on 24:7 you can get away with a lower bubble rate? And if you turn it off overnight you have to crank it a little bit more throughout the day.
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Hmm you logic is sound, however when people are using a lower bubble rate, that usually means they aren't getting the optimum amount of CO2 in the tank.

Having great levels during the day, and no CO2 added at night is the better way to go then a lower level all around. Plants use the CO2 when lights are on, so it makes sense to provide it at the time.

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Use a pH meter to control your CO2 flow and the CO2 level will be maintained at an appropriate level. This approach costs a bit more but lessens your work load and danger to the fish. It will result in CO2 being injected only when it is needed.
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