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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-19-2013, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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So I have a Hitech 20g long with HC, I'm doing a DCM, as of now I'm going with the DIY CO2 yeast recipe. If I wanted to switch over to a paintball can DIY CO2 how much would I be looking at as in price? Also is there a noticeable difference between the two?

Basically what I want to know is, would it be worth doing the paintball CO2?

Also I know this question has probably been asked and over asked so I apologize for that.

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it isnt so much either but rather control and the ability to turn on and off.

DYI co2 runs for the duration the mixture is active while pressurized co2 is turned on and off either by timer or manually. the ability to dial back or forth on intensity and bps is also something that cannot be otherwise controled on DYI.

Maintenance (Time and effort) to make the DYI mixture versus taking the canister to be filled is likely another factor. Ask away

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it isnt so much either but rather control and the ability to turn on and off.

DYI co2 runs for the duration the mixture is active while pressurized co2 is turned on and off either by timer or manually. the ability to dial back or forth on intensity and bps is also something that cannot be otherwise controled on DYI.

Maintenance (Time and effort) to make the DYI mixture versus taking the canister to be filled is likely another factor. Ask away
Thanks! Would you happen to know the cost of setting up the canister CO2? And also how often I would need to get it refilled?
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DIY co2 is always fun to play with, it helps you understand how co2 plays into photosynthesis. However, you'll quickly grow tired of remixing yeast every other week, plus it's not very easy to control.

Try it for a bit, then you'll soon upgrade. When you do, don't go cheap on co2 gear, especially your regulator. You get what you pay for!


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DIY co2 is always fun to play with, it helps you understand how co2 plays into photosynthesis. However, you'll quickly grow tired of remixing yeast every other week, plus it's not very easy to control.

Try it for a bit, then you'll soon upgrade. When you do, don't go cheap on co2 gear, especially your regulator. You get what you pay for!

Alright Thanks man, I'll have to try it out
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DIY co2 is always fun to play with, it helps you understand how co2 plays into photosynthesis. However, you'll quickly grow tired of remixing yeast every other week, plus it's not very easy to control.

Try it for a bit, then you'll soon upgrade. When you do, don't go cheap on co2 gear, especially your regulator. You get what you pay for!
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personally, i'd skip the paintball co2 and get a 5# (or even 10#!) tank. you're going to pay a premium for adapters, etc. for a paintball setup since it's such a specialized niche market. the rabbit hole isn't any deeper, and is actually a little simpler, if you just stick with standard tanks and regulators.
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+1. For 20g, I would get #5, #10 or best #20. A paintball for that size of tank wouldn't last very long if you are more bps rate.
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