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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-03-2014, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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DIY CO2 issue

Hello,

I am having some issues with my DIY mix at the moment and would like some advice. I am using 2 nutrafin bottles with a DIY mix on a 20G high tank. In the bottles I put around 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 tsp baking soda, and a bit less than 1/4 tsp champagne yeast. My issue is that I made the two bottles on Monday with hopes of being able to swap one out each week to keep a steady supply; however on Friday the mix has burned itself out.

How can I make the mix last longer using the two Nutrafin bottles. Would simply increasing my baking soda do the trick?

Also if it matters the tank is at 78*F, the house is set at 72*F.

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I am not sure about your setup;however, I have 2-2 liter bottles and I add 2 cups of sugar to each bottle, 1/4 tsp of baking soda, and 1/4 tsp of yeast to each bottle and haven't had any issues. Sometimes you have to play around with recipes to see what works for your tank.
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What DIY CO2 I have done in the past it has always been with 2L bottles, however this tank is sitting on a table and I wanted something a little nicer to look at sitting around thus found 2 of these nutrafin bottles on Ebay for a few bucks. Id like to continue to use them...but Id like to get this mix figured out.

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If it were me, then, I would use half of the recipe I mentioned above in each bottle.
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Definitely add more sugar. At least 1 cup.

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Ok, thats for the suggestion. Im going to up everything and see how it goes. The bottle will only hold a couple of cups of water...so Im gonna try this and see how it goes:

2/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp yeast
1 tsp baking soda

The tank is only 20 gallons so hopefully 2 bottles with that mix will keep it going for atleast a week.

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I think using 1 cup sugar will get you there
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