01-14-2012, 01:47 AM
Join Date: Jan 2012
| | Re: API KH test kit - Anyone with experience? Measuring CO2 Amounts
Originally Posted by AheartlessFish
hmmm...my plants dont really pearl like i see riccia pearl. I use to own riccia and when they pearl its pretty obvious. beautiful fields of bubbles. The only pearling that i ever realize (noticable) is when i do my 50% water changes...usually after i do it, it seems as if a buncha bubbles are comming out of the gravel (or maybe plants)...but never do i see the actual plant pearl as if riccia pearls...
But thanks for the inputs...protein build up sounds like a good answer haha.
Thanks everyone for all of their inputs ive learned alot this week.
Don't worry too much about plants pearling or precise CO2 levels. Consistency is far more important than specific levels, and plants pearling isn't necessarily a positive thing(often damaged tissue leaking gas can be mistaken for pearling.) So long as you have consistent growth without problem algae CO2 is likely fine. The film in your drop checker could be a variety of different things but none I can think of are necessarily problematic outside of unsightliness. It could be an anaerobic bacteria taking advantage of a favorable environment, a fungus that is feeding on some excess mineral, or protein/lipids working their way out. With proper water changes all of these should work themselves out over time, and if it becomes too unsightly or blocks the gas exchange keeping the checker cleaned out periodically should fix the problem over time.