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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-21-2012, 11:40 PM Thread Starter
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Co2 setup

Hey guys from CA. I'm new to the aquarium scene but I've been doing a lot of research on co2 stuff. I was just wondering if you guys can just post your setups, whether it'd be a diy yeast setup or the actual canisters. I'm looking into getting something going for a beginner and wanted to see my different options and price ranges. Trying to find the best way to go for my tank, 35 gallons. I really could use the suggestions. Thanks guys
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-23-2012, 01:24 AM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-23-2012, 01:42 AM
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Search, there are tones of posts on this.

Most people do DIY to start and eventually go pressurized full size tank once the budget allows. If you can afford it, (approx $250-300) go for pressurized right away.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-12-2012, 09:48 AM
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there is debate of what is the best way to do co2, what is pretty much agreed is that pressurized is the best way to go. a 5lb co2 tank u can find for $55 ish and a regulator u can find for about $100.

there are cheap regulators out there too, they do work, but are hard to dial in and they tend not to work well with diffusers that require high pressure.

now there are regulators with solenoids, so u have to plug it into an outlet for it to work, but u can put it on a timer, to turn it on and off with ur lights or somthing.

i am personally on the side of the debate that believes that the pH fluctuations will be greater with the co2 constantly going on and off night after day after night, so i do not like regulators with solenoids.

so i personally got a tunze regulator i think it was 7707/3? or somthing like that.... it is really simple to use, easy to set, and it keeps a stable bubble count no matter what diffuser ur using.

btw, with 35 gallons, i think a DIY thing might not work with a big size like that

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-14-2012, 10:48 PM
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I have a brand new regulator in the box, here is a video.

I live in santa clara come check it out. 70 bucks cash.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-03-2012, 06:16 AM
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I started out with DIY yeast for my 65 gallon.
I'm not sure why, but my CO2 would actually last for like a month...

I switched from then to pressurized because I got a 20# tank for free!
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