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Old 08-25-2010, 04:46 PM   #1
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hagen co2 enhancements

what do you all think will it be able to supply my 55 gallon. cant afford pressurized co2.










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Old 08-25-2010, 06:34 PM   #2
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It'll be better than nothing. Instead of gatorade bottles, at least use 2L bottles for your mixes though.
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why? most people seem to use 2 2l bottles for larger aquariums. i figured 4 1l bottles i could keep the co2 more constant and have more control.
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I have 3L on my 20g and I get anywhere from 25-40ppm co2. You will need more lol.
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well i have low light plants so i only want to boost it into the 15-20 range but i guess i'll upgrade to oceanspray bottles.
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Old 08-25-2010, 10:23 PM   #6
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i would add more check valves on each section this way you dont let all the gas out when you swithc things around. a good idea is to have them staggered. like 2 one week needs to be replaced 2 the next week. while smaller bottles are more effecent vs one larger one in a 55 gallon i would also use 2L bottles.
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i have a gang valve all i have to do is turn the lever to seal each bottle.
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Old 08-28-2010, 01:55 AM   #8
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well i guess you all are right. i just measured my ph and it's down to 7.6 from 8.0 but i have a dkh of 10 ish but i used a test strip to determine dkh around 180 ppm which is around 10 degrees right? but anyways if i'm right then i only have around 7.4 ppm of co2 up from 3 ppm, thats with 3l of mixture. i guess it helps to slowly move down your ph with adding smaller bottles at first and slow working your way up right?
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