Hello! first, i'm sorry if this is the wrong place for this thread, or if my questions have already been answered before. I've been reading old posts for a couple weeks, but i still have some questions. Thank you for any input given.
I recently set up my first planted tank, (24 ga. Aquapod) with the help of my awesome LFS. I have 4" eco-complete, a moderate plant load, (lots of hard to kills - java ferns, anubias, some faster growing stuff my LFS threw in) and 2.7 watts/ga CFL. There are 5 micro rasboras and a couple RCS in the tank.
I wanted to go the pressurized co2 route, so i purchased a milwaukee reg. and a 5 gallon tank, with the co2 tube feeding into the pump intake until i can make/buy a diffuser. My pH is 7.8, and kH is 4° in the tank, with the water out of the tap at ph 6.8, kH 1°.
So, questions! #1. How do i "dial in" my co2? I found a kH-pH table, and i "get" it. I just don't know how to get there. If i set my reg. at 1-2 bps, how often do i test the pH? and after i hit my target, do i have to turn down the co2? my fear is that the pH will just keep dropping.
#2. I need some help/direction with choosing a diffuser. I have no problems making my own, if someone could point out a DIY model that will work in the back chamber of the aquapod, that would be great. one of the reasons i like this tank is the ability to "hide" equip. in the back chamber. the return hose coming off the pump looks like it is much larger than most - about 5/8" I.D.
thanks again for any help.