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post #106 of 117 (permalink) Old 06-28-2014, 02:18 AM
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My Co2 only lasted 2 days.

Started over! Connected bottle between pump. The stopper got pushed out. Thus took the pump off and connected 2 bottles with a gang plank. Still no Co2 after 3 days.
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post #107 of 117 (permalink) Old 06-29-2014, 10:46 PM
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Don't forget the water in the bottom of the airlock.
With the 3 stage airlocks you put water in them. Are you saying that you put water in the S airlocks too?

Read at eckraus.com wine and beer supplies that the fill it about half way with water then attach it to your fermenter with a rubber stopper or rubber cap. Didn't see the mentioned here.

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I have 4 or 5 of the 500 ml soda bottles hooked to my 5G.
When you started did you start with 5?
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When you started did you start with 5?
I had 4 hooked to a 5th bottle acting as a bubble counter. The problen I had with this system was the release and spread of the CO2. I have heard of people buying a small mincro filter and hookong it up on the intake. This should help diffuse the CO2 on the aquarium.

As for the 20L, I haven't added the CO2 yet. I had a bad fongus infection at my first try so I had to restart it. It's going strong with gluteralhyde for now.
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just saw this thread.

im going to diy co2 my 180 gallon with 2 propane tanks. each tank is 5 gallon adding up to 10 gallon total so if 3 gal is good for a 150 gallon aquarium, wait till you see my co2 levels with 8 lbs of sugar and 2 times the yeast in each! im also going to use whine yeast, Wyeasts whine yeast exactly.
I painted the propane tanks insides with killz oil based paint to keep it from rusting.

if you want to see how it turns out look at the tank journal in my sig or I might make my own thread on it.

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every one said my idea was stupid but as soon as you add whine, everyone thinks its awesome!

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every one said my idea was stupid but as soon as you add whine, everyone thinks its awesome!
I was told by someone whom did DIY Co2 for a 50G tank that she found pressurized Co2 to be cheaper in the long run. Thus I think you should calculate the cost for a year of DIY compared to pressurized Co2. One thing I found that can cut cost for pressurized system is to get a single stage regulator.
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I was told by someone whom did DIY Co2 for a 50G tank that she found pressurized Co2 to be cheaper in the long run. Thus I think you should calculate the cost for a year of DIY compared to pressurized Co2. One thing I found that can cut cost for pressurized system is to get a single stage regulator.
I already have. thanks anyway!

I can't make whine because i'm only 13 so that's not happening.

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Drake did you use this formula: ABV = (start SG - final SG)/.736? If yes what was your final SG?
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Wow, I have a planted tank, and the wife make wine using this method already. I need to show this to her so we can combine the ideas!

For 200 points, someone needs to develop a way to store the extra CO2 at night.
Get a garden sprayer, the type that has a pressure relief valve, and connect it to the system. Now you can stop the CO2 flow, store the extra CO2 at night, and the excess pressure is not an issue.

My 6 2 liter bottle setup:


You can see a bit of green in the back - that's the garden sprayer.

Can I get my 200 points?

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Hey dmachado, thanks for the post. Can you elaborate on your "garden sprayer" upgrade? how does it work? pics? for those who have multiple but connected planted tanks, you can also run them on alternate light cycles so one is always utilizing the continuous supply of DIY CO2, even while the other rests at 'night'.
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Hello Drake, its one of these, you pump air into it, pressurizing the liquid inside. If you try to build up too much pressure, the red valve releases it.



So, when the solenoid shuts off, you can store a lot of CO2 and use it the next day, without a risk of something bursting.

I cut the sprayer hose and fit an air Y so it became a part of the system:





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