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post #125 of (permalink) Old 10-25-2012, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by kris66 View Post
I just found this thread and just want to say a big thank you to Darkblade48. I have a 55g community that I plan on putting a pressurized Co2 system on after Christmas. (Getting the hubby to get me a Milwaukee MA957 for Christmas lol). I've been trying to find out as much information as I can beforehand so I know how to set it up and this has been so very informative.
I haven't been able to check PlantedTank for quite a bit (been busy with life), but I'm glad that my article was helpful.

Originally Posted by kris66 View Post
I have a little confusion as to what size Co2 tank to get, and what is a good bps to have for my 55. Just say I get a 10g co2 tank, and set it for maybe 3 bps, how long would that tank last before I need to refill it? My husband has concerns that I will be needing to refill it every month -_- lol.
The larger the CO2 cylinder, the better. You will need to refill it less, and the actual refill cost for (say) a 5 pound and 10 pound cylinder is usually insignificant.

Of course, there is always the issue with space, etc.

A 10 g(ram?) CO2 canister will not last long on a 55 gallon aquarium. Perhaps 2-3 weeks at most?

If you are speaking about a 10 pound CO2 cylinder, I would hazard at least half a year - a year, depending on whether or not you have any leaks, how long you keep it on for, etc.

Originally Posted by kris66 View Post
Also Darkblade48, you should post (if you havent already) a YouTube video on setting up a pressurized Co2 system. That would be extremely helpful too in seeing it put together right from the getgo.
Unfortunately, I do not have the necessary photographic equipment (nor the skills) to take good videos.


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