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Thank you for this write up! This helped answer a lot of the questions I had regarding pressurized co2.
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Such an excellent write up. Thanks so much!

I had a question regarding a reactor, are these necessary? Because I didn't see you mentioned anything about them in your post and almost everyone seems to have them..
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Such an excellent write up. Thanks so much!

I had a question regarding a reactor, are these necessary? Because I didn't see you mentioned anything about them in your post and almost everyone seems to have them..
Necessary, no. But they help with CO2 diffusion. Usually, you will want some method of CO2 diffusion, whether it be a reactor, a glass diffuser with a ceramic disc, an inline atomizer, etc.

A reactor is usually inline, so does not take up real estate with the aquarium, and furthermore is generally very efficient at dissolving CO2.

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Necessary, no. But they help with CO2 diffusion. Usually, you will want some method of CO2 diffusion, whether it be a reactor, a glass diffuser with a ceramic disc, an inline atomizer, etc.

A reactor is usually inline, so does not take up real estate with the aquarium, and furthermore is generally very efficient at dissolving CO2.
Thank you for the quick response Darkblade!

I will continue using a glass diffuser and see how it goes.
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I know it has been a while since you created this post, four years and some change. But I wanted to let you know that it is still helping people.

So, thank you once again!

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Hey Anthony,

Just wanted to say thanks for a great primer. I've been dosing with Flourish Excel, but am thinking about making the jump to c02.

Out of curiosity, can you give me some idea of your total investment in a system such as you've outlined?

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Out of curiosity, can you give me some idea of your total investment in a system such as you've outlined?
It really depends on whether or not you are patient enough to go bargain hunting.

I managed to build my entire system for less than 200 USD (including CO2 cylinder).

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Thumbs up GREAT READ,, my question

I have a 110G 30" tall I have over 50 fish mostly a variety of tetras. I have also been contemplating using c02 since my number of plants has drastically increased since I was bitten by the planted tank bug. I am in process of shopping for the items I need thankfully being in close with the trades I am able to find many parts (tanks& guages) easily.
Question 1-any chance my fish create enough c02?
Question 2- for my 110G would it be better to go for an inline reactor on my fluval or a glass or SS in tank reactor? or does it even matter?
Question 3- where should I start as far as bbs?

Thanks in advance The hr it took to read thru this thread was well worth it, and at times amusing , GREAT WORK DARKBLADE

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Question 1-any chance my fish create enough c02?
Not likely. Even in low light aquariums, the amount of CO2 generated by livestock would probably only barely meet the requirements of the plants (and only if lightly planted).

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Question 2- for my 110G would it be better to go for an inline reactor on my fluval or a glass or SS in tank reactor? or does it even matter?
Depends on what you prioritize. An inline reactor is clean, and means one less piece of equipment inside your aquarium. It does, however, require a canister filter (which you seem to already have).

I find that in tank diffusers tend to be slightly cheaper.

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Question 3- where should I start as far as bbs?
In a 110 gallon, the amount of CO2 that you will require will essentially be a steady stream. You are aiming to achieve ~30 ppm of CO2, which will require quite a lot of CO2 to be injected.

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Thank you for the kind words.

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I have a 110G 30" tall I have over 50 fish mostly a variety of tetras. I have also been contemplating using c02 since my number of plants has drastically increased since I was bitten by the planted tank bug. I am in process of shopping for the items I need thankfully being in close with the trades I am able to find many parts (tanks& guages) easily.
Question 1-any chance my fish create enough c02?
Question 2- for my 110G would it be better to go for an inline reactor on my fluval or a glass or SS in tank reactor? or does it even matter?
Question 3- where should I start as far as bbs?

Thanks in advance The hr it took to read thru this thread was well worth it, and at times amusing , GREAT WORK DARKBLADE
For a big tank with varying amount of plants and fish I would really recommend a CO2 controller.
With a controller and a drop checker, to verify your CO2 level, you can set up your tank and the CO2 will always be at 30 ppm.
I have a 50 gal. well-planted tank with a reactor and the CO2 is off most of the time.
If you are not worried about cost a CO2 controller, electronic regulator and a good reactor are the way to go.
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If you are not worried about cost a CO2 controller, electronic regulator and a good reactor are the way to go.[/QUOTE]


Yes $ are a large concern. blue collar guy with wife and 3 big hungry kids

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Not likely. Even in low light aquariums, the amount of CO2 generated by livestock would probably only barely meet the requirements of the plants (and only if lightly planted).

I kinda figured that was the answer


Depends on what you prioritize. An inline reactor is clean, and means one less piece of equipment inside your aquarium. It does, however, require a canister filter (which you seem to already have).

I find that in tank diffusers tend to be slightly cheaper.
with some research I have come to the conclusion I can build a inline diffuser with having almost all the material in my work van


In a 110 gallon, the amount of CO2 that you will require will essentially be a steady stream. You are aiming to achieve ~30 ppm of CO2, which will require quite a lot of CO2 to be injected.

I think I knew that answer also, lol

Thank you for the kind words.
Your are very welcome

I may know the answer to this question also. I was looking at this set up. Thoughts? and keep in mind I have 30$ coming off the shown price
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Thank you...an thousand times thank you for this primer!
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Pressurized CO2 System- Completed

Hi there, Just wanted to ad that I have JUST finished putting a CO2 system together based on this thread. I used;
*an aluminum #5 CO2 canister (cost 75$ e-bay, 15$ to fill)...something I did not know when I bought it is that it will have to have a date stamp on it for many places to refil it, so check on that.
*a Victor single stage, dual gauge regulator like the one in the diagram at the beggining of this thread (cost 180$ on e-bay, only found the price goes up from there).
*an Ideal needle valve (cost 70$ aquariumplants.com)
*Burkerk Solinoid (cost 50$ from aquariumplants.com has to be fitted with power cable so check that)
*Aqua Medic Bubble counter (cost 30$ aquariumplants.com mine leakes, ordered one for 20$ that looks a lot better from greenleafaquariums.com)
*Aqua Medic CO2 reactor (cost 120$ aquariumplants.com)
*Mag Drive Pump @ 500 GPH (cost 80$ aquariumplants.com) **this was not mentioned in the original thread that I could find, but you will of course need a pump of some sort. I think some caister filters might be able to handle the load but I would suggest you look into that 1st.
I've done the math for you, I spent 600$ to put this together not including tubing, teflon tape, brass fittings, some screws and little things like that that prolly added another 30-40$ to the cost. I took me two days to make sure I had all of the leaks sealed tight. The bubble counter leaks very very slowly but I have ordered a replacement and that problem should be taken care of very soon. I mounted everything under the stand of my 75 gallon aqaurium so only two 5/8" clear tubes are visible and the uptake has a sponge filter. I also ordered a Drop counter when I ordered the replacement Bubble Counter as I feel after spending the cash I have I want to know precicsely what it is doing and how well. I will update here on what this does for my planted aquarium in a couple weeks, but I wanted to put as much info here as I could think of for anyone about to try this for the first time...It is time consumimg to determine what you'll need and costly to put it all together. I spent about 3-4 weeks just researching before I purchased any equipment and it was difficult to find and put it all together but this particular thread was THE blueprint that I used to build my CO2 system. Good luck! and THANK YOU Darkblade48!!!

I'll try to ad some pics this week just so you can see what it all looks like.

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