Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Chicago, IL / Philadelphia, PA
Need recommendations for a good glass bottle with hinged / gasketed lid for DIY CO2
I need a CO2 solution quick since campus housing made me get rid of my full sized pressurized rig.
I have used yeast / sugar CO2 in the past, but I hated using 2 liter soda bottles.
I've read of people using glass bottles instead with rubber stoppers, but I wanted to take it a step further and use 1 liter glass bottles with hinged and gasketed lids similar to Grolsch beer bottles.
I have a couple questions about this though.
Since I've been spoiled with the performance of pressurized CO2 I'm going to try to incorporate certain things to make it more like a pressurized system, but wanted to get some opinions on the safety of doing it.
As I mentioned, my plan is to use 1 liter glass bottles with hinged lids, but I don't want to give up the pleasure of turning off CO2 at night. I was thinking of using brass or (C)PVC tubing adapters on the lines coming from the bottles to go to NPT fittings to a solenoid or ball valve in order to be able to shut off the system.
Do you think that glass bottles will be able to withstand the pressure buildup that would occur over a 12 - 16 hour period of time while the valve or solenoid was closed? Also, do you have any particular recommendations as far as the type of bottle I should use for this type of system if the idea is reasonable?
Thanks for the help.