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Old 01-13-2011, 08:12 PM   #1 
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CO2 for planted aquarium help

I'm considering adding CO2 into my planted tank. Can anyone here explain the different ways of doing this? What would be the cheapest way?
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Old 01-13-2011, 08:54 PM   #2 
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i saw some guy on petco make his out of the elite mini i just got from there. pretty interesting, but i dont know where the heck to get that shiny silver thing.

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Old 01-13-2011, 08:55 PM   #3 
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http://reviews.petco.com/3554/17069/photo.jpg

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Old 01-13-2011, 10:28 PM   #4 
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Hmm that's interesting...I really have to do some more reading on it. I have no idea how to even begin the process of making or buying what I need for this either.
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honestly i dont think you need a c02 diffuser unless you have really hardy plants or tons of fish that produce poo-poo.
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Old 01-13-2011, 10:37 PM   #6 
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honestly i dont think you need a c02 diffuser unless you have really hardy plants or tons of fish that produce poo-poo.
Well it is just something I'm looking into. I figure I might be able to start it one day, whether or not it's going to be on my current tank..idk.
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Old 01-13-2011, 10:45 PM   #7 
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i think moss might act as a co2 diffuser. check into moss balls.
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Old 01-14-2011, 12:16 AM   #8 
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check this out:

http://hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Make-a-C02-Reactor-DIY

best site i came across so far. seems pretty easy and cheap to make, i will definately make one for my tank.
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Old 01-14-2011, 12:33 AM   #9 
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Get a 2 liter bottle. Drill a hole in the cap. Put airline through the hole and seal it with silicone. Put sugar, yeast, and water in the bottle and shake it up. Put the other end of the airline in the tank and boom, homemade co2.

Also, keep in mind that a reactor and a diffuser are two completely different things. The "reactor" produces the co2, and the diffuser dissolves it into the water. If I have time tomorrow, I'll take some pictures of my DIY setup and post them here.

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Thanks for the article and the directions, they both helped and were pretty much similar. I think I might try this very soon just to see if it improves my plants.
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