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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2005 10:45 am Post subject: Using soda for CO2 Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 How  about  pouring  some  quantity  of  soda  (carbonated  water)  every  week  into  the  aquarium?  Will  that  work?  Will  it  cause  sudden  change  in  co2  ratio  leading  to  some  problems?
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2005 11:41 am Post subject: Using soda for CO2 Reply with quote

 Hi  Bhakta,  
 
 Yes  this  is  a  good  idea  though  you  will  need  to  do  this  daily  probably  about  half  an  hour  after  you  switch  on  lights.  I  have  a  200  litre  tank  and  used  to  pour  in  about  a  litre  of  soda  every  day  ...it  was  beneficial  for  the  plants.  Be  very  careful  in  ensuring  that  surface  agitation  of  the  water  is  minimal.  This  is  the  pimary  cause  of  CO2  escaping  from  the  tank.  This  was  when  i  first  saw  the  plants  pearling  in  my  tank.
 
 It  didn't  seem  to  cause  the  fish  any  problems.  If  you  have  a  soda  maker  at  home  nothing  like  it  otherwise  may  turn  out  expensive  on  daily  dosage.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2005 12:40 pm Post subject:  Reply with quote

 Wow  ...  .Way  to  go  Bhakta  !
 Now  we  can  see  our  fish  burp  too  !!!    ROFL  
 If  this  method  is  really  useful,  I  wonder  why  this  was  never  discussed  here  this  far    Sad  
 
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 Can  the  guru's  please  enlighten  us  on  this  issue............  Surprised
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 How  much  Soda  for  how  much  litres???  (Never  thought  i  would  ask  this  question  in  this  reference!!!)  ROFL
 
 Just  dont  add  something  else  with  the  soda  by  mistake!!  
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2005 4:45 pm Post subject: Using soda for CO2 Reply with quote

 Hi  Guys,  
 Yes  it  is  a  relatively  simple  method.  I  have  seen  some  indicators  that  show  you  the  amount  of  CO2  in  the  water.  Saw  this  in  Bangalore  in  a  friends  tank.  If  you  can  lay  your  hands  on  one  you  can  use  this.  
 Like  i  mentioned  earlier  I  was  adding  a  litre  of  soda  to  my  200  litre  tank  ...  more  than  this  and  i  had  my  fish  breathing  on  the  surface  for  a  while(half  an  hour  or  so)  till  the  plants  managed  intake  or  the  excess  co2  escaped  ...  whichever  be  the  case.  
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 This  method  looks  a  lot  easier  and  viable  too  compared  to  the  DIY  CO2  Generator,  which  (supposedly)  earns  you  a  bad  PR  at  home.  
 Also,  this  method  appears  encouraging  for  people  to  go  planted  !!
 (that  is  till  some  guru  shows  up  and  tell  us  the  cons  of  this  as  well  -  if  there  are  any)
 
 All  the  best  with  the  new  discovery  !!
 
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 this  might  help  -  
 http://www.thekrib.com/Plants/CO2/soda.html
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 Guys,  
 
 I  was  about  to  reply  but...  thanks  to  apollyon  for  sharing  a  good  link.
 
 Stay  away  from  using  any  Carbonated  liquids  in  your  aquarium.  The  main  culprit  when  you  use  it  is  the  PH  will  reduce  very  dramatically  within  a  very  short  span  of  time.  This  will  stress  your  fish  too  much.  I  will  not  be  surprised  if  you  even  loose  your  Tetras  (if  you  have!).
 
 In  a  big  tanks  of  200  liters,  the  change  may/may-not  be  much,  but  in  a  small  tank  it  is  very  dangerous.
 
 I  had  tried  this  method  in  my  planted  tank  with  Rosy  barbs.  As  someone  said,  you  will  see  some  pearling,  but  then  by  the  end  of  the  day  I  saw  white  spots  on  2  on  the  fishes.  So  if  a  hardy  fish  like  Barbs  cant  take  the  stress  then.....  you  decide....  Thumb Down  
 
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 Going  by  Harish's  observation  I  am  just  wondering  what  would  be  the  chain  of  events  that  would  trigger  Ich  by  adding  Carbonated  liquid  to  your  tanks....
 
 Any  ideas  ??
 
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 Suby,
 
 Its  simple,  when  fishes  are  stresses,  Ich  is  the  first  thing  that  strikes.  In  this  case  the  stress  is  purely  from  the  water  quality  ie,  the  steep  change  in  PH  level.
 
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 Thanks  Harish  and  Apollyon
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 Speedmetal/Jai!
 
 Adding  soda  is  great  if  you  want  your  tank  for  a  very  short  time,  and  if  you  dont  have  any  fish,  or  if  making  CO2  using  the  yeast  and  sugar  method  is  impossible  for  you.
 
 I  have  tried  soda  long  back  for  a  long  period.  I  used  to  live  in  CHennai  then.  Had  a  friendly  shopkeeper  who  used  to  send  his  little  boy  thrice  a  day  with  a  bottle  or  2  of  goli  soda[the  stuff  that  you  get  in  a  bottle  sealed  with  a  marble!].  Worked  like  a  charm,  great  pearling  and  stuff  but  then  I  was  losing  fish  over  time.  Fish  arent  really  happy  with  the  idea.
 
 pH  keeps  yoyoing!  So  thats  not  a  nice  thing  for  the  fish.  Try  the  yeast  sugar  method  and  you  will  be  very  happy  with  the  results.  Not  really  messy,  and  you  can  be  maintain  a  consistent  pH[relatively].
 
 The  only  tricky  part  in  the  yeast/sugar  method  would  be  mixing  the  CO2  with  the  water  effectively,  but  once  taught,  you  will  find  it  a  breeze.
 
 Have  tried  all  methods  including  soda,  karbo  plus,  CO2  tabs,  DIY  yeast  sugar  methos,  and  the  pressurized  cylinder  thing  too!
 
 The  best  thing  would  be  a  pressurized  cylinder,  with  a  solenoid  valve  hooked  up  with  your  light  power  source[preferably  metal  halides],  thats  in  turn  hooked  up  to  a  battery  based[so  power  cuts  are  taken  care  of]  timer.  
 
 Yes,  and  that  is  a  slightly  expensive  affair,  I  agree.  The  next  best  thing  would  be  a  DIY  yeast  sugar  CO2  generator.  Costs  very  less.  An  empty  coke  bottle,  some  sugar,  yeast,  water,  airline  tubing!  
 
 Save  the  soda  for  the  whisky,  dudes!  
 
 You  can  sit  in  front  of  your  planted  tank  with  your  favorite  malt!  Yeah  with  the  soda  in  the  glass,  not  the  glass  tank!  
 
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Nitin  wrote:                
...Save  the  soda  for  the  whisky,  dudes!  ...                

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