I have been trying to tweak my DIY CO2
system because I can't get consistent and or good levels of CO2
out of it.
Last night I ditched Champagne yeast and tried regular bread yeast. I was getting 30 bubbles per minute within a couple of hours and today I came home and am getting more bubbles than I can count pouring through my bubble counter. Great.
However my drop checker is yellow so I checked my pH and Kh
. My pH is yellow, like 6.0 yellow. I don't know what color it would be if it were lower than 6.0 (this is an AP test kit). My kh
is 5 degrees. Which is weird for two reasons. One is that my kh
is usually 3 degrees and second that looks like 150 ppm
according to Chucks Calculator.
I checked my kh
in a 5mil tube (3 drops to change to yellow) and in a 10 mil beaker (10 drops to change to yellow).
Oh yeah, and none of my fish are dead.
I turned my reactor to face the surface so hopefully most CO2
will bubble to the top until I can figure out what is happening.
What on earth would make my kh
rise like that? And I didn't add any baking soda!!!