I just started compressed co2 this past weekend. I am running my solenoid on a timer and I am wondering how long it takes for the concentration to get to the proper level, that is approx. 30ppm. I do not have a drop checker but I have one in the mail so as soon as it gets in I can watch and see for myself.
For now, if someone has any idea and can explain i'd appreciate it.
The tank has about 38G water in it and my bubble rate is 2.5-3 bubbles per second. I am using Niko underwater elite filter diffuser with sponge over the output so i do get very small bubbles going into the water. although there is surface agitation from my xp2 output, the agitation is minimal.
The co2 shuts off at night when the lights go out and it kicks back on an hour before the lights come one. The goal is to get to approx. 30ppm by the time the lights kick on. I wonder if 1 hour is enough time to reach this co2 concentration or if i need to start the co2 earlier?
just trying to get it close for now...without a drop checker i have no idea if my co2 ever gets in the proper range, just guessing...plants look good and fish arent suffocating so i know im not terribly off my goal.