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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-28-2013, 09:46 AM Thread Starter
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20g planted apisto tank, DIY Co2 advice

Hi there all!
I have been reading this forum a lot recently having rekindled my passion for aquatics. I've got a 20gallon planted tank with breeding apistogrammas, tetras and corys.

I would like to set up some Co2 for my tank but I need some advice. The guy in my lfs obviously wants me to buy his top of the range kit, but i cant justify the cost and I've done some research and think with a tank the size of mine I could easily get away with doing it DIY style, trouble is I don't know where to start. Any advice is welcome and appreciated, speak to me like a child though please, I'm literally clueless and words like "diffuser" mean nothing to me at the moment. Please help!

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-28-2013, 05:25 PM
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Why not try some liquid Co2 or some liquid plant fertilizer?

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-28-2013, 05:26 PM
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This is the method I use, and it works like a charm. A Jello CO2 Thread. My Jell-O lasts about a month, and I just change out the yeast water every two weeks. It's been running like this for a few months with no problems.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-01-2013, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the responses guys.

Magnum I dose ferepol weekly when I do water changes.

Redtail that looks fascinating, I will have to give the jel-o method a go and see how it works out for me.

Thanks again!

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-01-2013, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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Right quick update, today i got the last few bits i needed. And created my bottle and bubble counter. My next question is this - once its all up and running, how many bpm should i be aiming for with a 20g aquarium? Its not fully planted, i've got some stargrass at the back, a few crypts, java fern, moss and some swords.

Cheers guys,

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