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Yesterday 12:37 PM
Darkblade48
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Originally Posted by Zoomy View Post
That's the problem...I don't yet know enough what would constitute a good deal. All of the regulators and solenoids look the same to me. I don't know from looking at any units if they're a reputable brand or not. Or if there are certain things to avoid, etc. So I start thinking maybe I should just start out with a kit, so that everything is together and meant to work as a system, KWIM? But then I'll kick myself if I could have spent the same amount and ended up with better components... :p
Then it comes down to how much research you want to do yourself

I didn't know much about this at first, and was going to go with a kit myself, but then after doing the research, I managed to build a complete setup, including the CO2 cylinder, for less than $200.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with kits.
Yesterday 12:09 PM
Zoomy
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Originally Posted by Darkblade48 View Post
Regarding individual components vs. kits, the former will always be cheaper than the latter, especially if you bargain hunt for good deals.
That's the problem...I don't yet know enough what would constitute a good deal. All of the regulators and solenoids look the same to me. I don't know from looking at any units if they're a reputable brand or not. Or if there are certain things to avoid, etc. So I start thinking maybe I should just start out with a kit, so that everything is together and meant to work as a system, KWIM? But then I'll kick myself if I could have spent the same amount and ended up with better components... :p
Yesterday 11:58 AM
dcutl002
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Originally Posted by Darkblade48 View Post
Glad my guide could be of some help to you.

Regarding individual components vs. kits, the former will always be cheaper than the latter, especially if you bargain hunt for good deals.

There are various companies that make parts that will suit our needs; however, if you are planning to build a setup yourself, you will need to put in the time and effort to do the research to ensure that the parts are correct. With a kit, you are paying a premium for someone else to do that for you.

I always refer to this thread when OPs have CO2 inquiries.


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Yesterday 11:35 AM
Darkblade48
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Originally Posted by Zoomy View Post
My biggest question, now, is what systems or individual components are people currently recommending? Like most of us, I'd love the best bang for my buck. I should have a decent amount of cash after selling a few things on eBay and CL, but budget is still not unlimited and going high-tech is going to really stretch things to the point that I will have to wait a while to start adding livestock (which I'd want to do until I have a good handle on the plants and ideal C02 levels, anyhow).
Glad my guide could be of some help to you.

Regarding individual components vs. kits, the former will always be cheaper than the latter, especially if you bargain hunt for good deals.

There are various companies that make parts that will suit our needs; however, if you are planning to build a setup yourself, you will need to put in the time and effort to do the research to ensure that the parts are correct. With a kit, you are paying a premium for someone else to do that for you.
Yesterday 11:21 AM
Zoomy This is wonderful. I had been contemplating starting low-tech with a 50 gallon set-up I'm slowly working to build (I have a couple of pieces of mopani wood soaking, heh, but still at the point where I'm researching and loosely selecting what I'll order in the next month or two). But when I started contemplating how stressful it would be to fish to start low-tech, then go in and add/change plants for higher light output...it just made sense to invest $$ earlier and go high-tech from the start. This thread really has helped demystify things.

My biggest question, now, is what systems or individual components are people currently recommending? Like most of us, I'd love the best bang for my buck. I should have a decent amount of cash after selling a few things on eBay and CL, but budget is still not unlimited and going high-tech is going to really stretch things to the point that I will have to wait a while to start adding livestock (which I'd want to do until I have a good handle on the plants and ideal C02 levels, anyhow).
04-13-2015 02:22 AM
squatingdog Excellent! it answered all of my questions about a pressurized CO2 system!!!!

Bump: Excellent! it answered all of my questions about a pressurized CO2 system!!!!
04-11-2015 10:10 PM
sindy777 I don't know but is it necessary to have an airstone in your tank onvery you've started injecting co2 to feed oxygen to the fish? I don't have many plants.... if so would it only need to be used at night when the plans are also feeding on the oxygen and off in the day? Thanks for your post!!! This was truly amazing work and very helpful!
03-29-2015 08:18 PM
martinlogo I'm a newbie at escaping with knowledge of fish keeping and understanding the chemical cycle. But all this was new for me and took me about 3 months to get all my research together on getting and understanding all the equipment to come along with this new hobby.
Great writing!!
Cheers!!
02-28-2015 01:44 PM
Andrew H Awesome. Just what I was looking for! Thanks!
12-03-2014 03:58 AM
Darkblade48
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Originally Posted by girlychris View Post
Wow! Thanks for all this info. Im am just getting ready to set up a tank soon! Im kicking myself for purchasing a pH controller online yesterday
A pH controller does have its uses, and if you have the money to spare, it can be a nice investment.
12-02-2014 09:03 PM
girlychris Wow! Thanks for all this info. Im am just getting ready to set up a tank soon! Im kicking myself for purchasing a pH controller online yesterday
11-27-2014 06:23 PM
Kirbalicious oh man. this is everything I needed. you++
11-14-2014 12:21 AM
cg49me
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Originally Posted by danmadeeagle View Post
Can you use the co2 given off by a homemade brew of beer for your CO2 supply for your fishtank or are there other gasses given off in the reaction that could hurt the fish?
Yes, alot of people do this with home brewing setups. Just make sure your air lines are well above the foamy bit (krausen?) so it doesn't get into them (and potentially clog).
11-13-2014 11:51 PM
danmadeeagle
can you use the co2 given off by a homemade brew of beer?

Can you use the co2 given off by a homemade brew of beer for your CO2 supply for your fishtank or are there other gasses given off in the reaction that could hurt the fish?
11-01-2014 06:25 AM
Darkblade48 Glad the article helped
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