I'm learning about the benefits of CO2
for plants and how to add it to an aquarium. I'm grasping the basics, but the problems that it can cause are where I'm stuck.
What I'm confused about and can't seem to find any answers about is how to deal with the fact that the CO2
makes your water more acidic. Is there something specifically designed to counteract this? One source I was reading says dissolve baking soda in the water.... Are they saying to add it to the tank directly? Seems a bit iffy to me... I've also read that if you use something other than a carbonate to tone down the acidity then it's capable of throwing off your KH
and pH readings which are how you determine the actual level of CO2
that gets dissolved in the water.
Essentially what I'm saying is someone please advise and share your experience on this matter. I'm new to freshwater plants/diy CO2
and could use a few pointers.