TOP AQUA Simple CO2 Regulator is a multipurpose CO2 Regulator designed to easily connect. Simply tighten the regulator clockwise direction by hand, without the need of any tool. Simple & high quality needle valve gives optimum performance.
If you want a thriving planted tank, you need to make sure they’re getting the correct levels of CO2. Not enough, and they’ll die. Too much of CO2 in aquarium would rise the risk of killing your fish and promoting algae growth. That’s why buying a quality CO2 regulator is one of the best ways you can ensure you provide the optimum levels of CO2, without risking your aquarium.
Safety Message: This isn’t to scare you, it’s just to make you aware.
- CO2 is not toxic, however it is odorless, colorless, tasteless, and can displace oxygen. If you keep your setup in a small space, a leak could result in a bad atmosphere. You may not realize until you keeled over. This generally applies to DIY setups, but it’s good to know. And you should always ensure there are no leaks by using soapy water.
- As CO2 comes out of a compressed cylinder, it transforms from a liquid to a gas. The gas is -110F, which can cause instant tissue damage. It also generates a strong static discharge. If you opened the valve on an unregulated cylinder, you might get a shock.
If you want to keep healthy aquarium plants, the likelihood is you’re going to need CO2 injection, because it plays a vital role in the way plants photosynthesize. In the wild, plants will get their CO2 in large quantities from natural substate (mud etc.), and degrading plants.
However, in your enclosed aquarium, CO2 is limited, tap water is depleted from CO2, and plant decay is minimal. So you need to supplement this lack of CO2 with an injector. But, you need to regulate it. Too much CO2 can lead to excess algae growth, because your plants won’t be able to use the CO2 fast enough to out-compete the algae or you could kill your fish, because the high levels of CO2 will displace the oxygen and suffocate your fish.
Now, every aquarium setup is different. The amount of CO2 you need will depend on a few factors:
- Volume of your tank
- Type and amount of plants you own
- How much light you give your plants
- The amount of fish in your tank
- Amount of water movement
To determine the amount of CO2 your tank needs can take a bit of tweaking. The best and fastest way to do this is to use a drop checker. A drop checker is a simple device made of glass or plastic. It sits in your tank an with a solution inside, CO2 will leak from your water into the drop checker and cause a reaction, causing the solution to change color:
- Blue = not enough CO2
- Green = CO2 levels are spot on
- Yellow = too much CO2