Strange thing, my pH was up to 7.7 before lights out, and this morning it was down to 7.4.... Huh... Last night I turned the lights off and pulled the plug of one of my 2 XP3s (the one that creates more water current / surface agitation)...
Anyways, I was able to make it down to a Welding Supplies shop this morning and get the tank replaced before the lights came on. I will keep a close eye on things for the next couple days...
A few thoughts that have occurred to me during this exercise:
- Audible CO2
alarm - What a great addition to the hobby, if anyone could find or come up with some kind of system that perhaps attaches between the regulator and the tank that emits some kind of (not to disturbing) beep, say every 10 minutes when the CO2
starts to get low.
- With such a high dependance on available CO2
, I wonder if it wouldn't be prudent to have an extra tank and regulator laying around in just to be ready... I don't think I could replace my regulator locally if it died, and I would hate to be SOL for a week or more while having one shipped
- Without that drop checker in there, I would not have even thought to check the CO2
. It could have gone on for another day or two until I started to wonder why the pearling had slowed or stopped... It's even more handy than I was thinking when I set it up.