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Old 04-23-2012, 05:16 PM   #1
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DIY c02

I have been researching about DIY c02 and find that I can make a system pretty easily. I would like some advice on diffusion though.

Here's my plan

Get a 2litre bottle , drill hole in top and calk an airline tubing (. Aquarium safe or regular?) then fill the 2liter with the mixture ( correct recipes?) and add water. Shake it up good and connect airline to diffuser ( what is best here I hear that feeding the bubbles jnt the filter intake works, but will here be micro bubbles or will the c02 eat the plastic? What are other DIY options?)

That's all I know on the subject. If you know something please post it. I'll have this thread follow my c02 to installation then may do updates when I remember , thanks guys

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Old 04-23-2012, 06:03 PM   #2
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http://www.aquatic-eden.com/2006/09/...nsity.html?m=1

I use this recipe and it always works great, it lasts more than 2 weeks and I see bubbles in about 2 hours. I just run my line into my canister filter for diffusion.
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:25 PM   #3
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I have a aqua tech power 60 . I'd like to see if I can splice the co2 into my 55 and my 30 gallon with a whisper power 40. Would it be pausible or would I be better off having two systems?
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:31 PM   #4
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You'd be better off doing two, in fact, you might need two just for the 55. I have two in my 55. So you don't have a canister filter?
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:36 PM   #5
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Nope. Does it still work with my filter though? If not ten is there an easy way to make a diffuser?
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:48 PM   #6
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You can stick in a piece of bamboo chopstick, or buy one of those little tiny filter deals and use it. This video shows what I mean

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Old 04-23-2012, 06:58 PM   #7
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Ok. Do I really need a bubble counter? And can I hook up two 2liter reactors onto one bubble counter? ( I'll go with you and say I need two. )
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:03 PM   #8
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I don't have a bubble counter but it could be a good idea. And yea you can get a t-valve to run both bottles through one line. That video I posted shows an easy bubble counter system.
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:08 PM   #9
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I mean like have the one lid wih three holes. Two holes for each of the reactors then the third for the out put one. I'd the. Put a check valve onto the output one and put AA piece of bamboo? Into the end under water
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:09 PM   #10
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That post was a little confusing... Lol
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:16 PM   #11
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Sorry lol I'll do edit with a drawing ( don't get exited I'm no artist lol)

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Old 04-24-2012, 06:00 AM   #12
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i don't see why not; the c02 will go wherever there isn't pressure, which should be through the last tube into the tank if i'm not mistaken
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:14 AM   #13
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ok, so ill do that for the 55, should i do one for the 30? i have swords,anubis,and hornwort. ( with a clump of java moss). i would only need one right?
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One for that tank should be fine. With the way you have it, with two reactor tubes, you would be fine. Mine are just put into one via t-valve which isn't necessary.
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:00 PM   #15
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Ok, and is this callk ok to use? I think it would because it Dosent touch the water?

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Got back from the stores. I got 2 check valves ( one for each system) and some active dry yeast and sugar. I am drilling the holes for the caps now, but I have a question. Should I de chlorinate the warm water before I put it into the reactor?
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No u don't need to. Just follow that recipe I showed you, it is fantastic.
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Ok, what about the calk? And for the bubble counter could I use a Tupperware? How would I know that its airtight?
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I'm not sure about the caulk but for the bubble counter you could use a baby food jar that would work great.
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I don't have any baby food jars. Lol I have water bottles and the 2liters and a ton of Tupperware. There is a Gatorade bottle I can use, does the bight matter? Also what way should I put the check valve?
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