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Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Yeah, I had the same reaction to switching from running non-CO2 to a microbrew setup. I am going to buy the components for a pressurized CO2 system piecemeal and I know my reaction will be even more intense.
Don't quote me, but I remember reading that incidentary CO2 levels in water standing in the atmosphere is 3-4ppm. With a microbrew setup, most tanks are able to achieve 8-12ppm. The target is 25ppm, which is easily attainable with a pressurized system.
So in a non-CO2 system, plants are only recieving 16% of the CO2 they could conceivably need (given adequate nutrient/lighting).
In a microbrew (DIY) CO2 system, plants are recieving almost half of the CO2 they could use, at best.
So switching to a pressurized CO2 system and levelizing CO2 levels around 25ppm should nearly double my plant growth? (I'm sure it's not so linearly simple, but humor me) I prune once a week as it is. I'll have to prune plants every three days! It will be time to get rid of the fast growers like the Giant Hygro and switch to some more challenging plants =)
- Sam P -
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