|Topic Review (Newest First)|
|02-05-2013 03:57 AM|
|FlyingHellFish||Buy one of those Aquatek regulators and be done with it...|
|02-05-2013 03:27 AM|
I got the DIY CO2 kit today and set it up using 1/2 tsp yeast, 1tsp baking soda...realized that yes I should have just used a soda bottle..but anyway do I need to turn an air pump on when I turn the lights off at night? Right now I just use their AQ70 to provide oxygen. Also, do I need to get a drop checker or do I just need to monitor the PH? And the PH going down even below 7 is okay for RCS?
My dad said he can build a CO2 system but he thinks just getting a 5lb cylinder will be easier than a 20oz so it might be a while until we can afford the regulator+filled cylinder.
|02-02-2013 05:51 AM|
Try sending a message to a member here named Bettatail. I believe that he makes CO2 setups. I don't know what he charges, but it should have everything.
|02-02-2013 05:10 AM|
Injecting CO2 will not lower gH.
As mentioned, the Hagen CO2 system you linked above is just a fancy DIY package (you can make DIY CO2 yourself, if you do not want to use pressurized CO2).
|02-02-2013 04:27 AM|
|Wayne Dwops||but is the ph and gh going to go down too low to be cherry shrimp safe?|
|02-02-2013 04:22 AM|
|02-02-2013 04:15 AM|
|Wayne Dwops||i don't feel like doing that ok, I am lazy as well as stupid. I linked my dad to the posts Primer on Pressurized CO2 and how to build a regulator posts though and it looks easy as balls to man who has 40 years of engineering experience. But I am still going to get the Hagen kit, for $30 it will get me started, but I am just wondering how I keep the PH/GH stable? I would like the PH to no lower than 7.2...GH I want to keep at 7 and KH I don't want to go any higher than 4. Will it effect TDS? It could stand to be much lower, seeing as how it's at 332 right now and I think that's what's been killing my cories because my water is otherwise pristine.|
|02-02-2013 03:57 AM|
|discgo||The hagen system you linked to earlier is just a yeast generator "diy" style system. It can be made out of 2l bottles and airline parts. If you go that route you don't even really need a diffuser, you could just use a piece of cotton ball shoved up in the air hose to make tiny bubbles.|
|02-02-2013 03:53 AM|
The Tank - Holds your liquid co2. They come in two styles, Paintball and full size. A paintball tank uses an ASA fitting to go to the regulator and can be filled at almost any paintball field. A full size tank is normally referred to by how many pounds of liquid co2 it holds (10 pound tanks are pretty common) Full size tanks use a fitting called a cga-320 valve.
Co2 regulator - changes the pressure from 800psi in the tank down to a more comfortable "working range" of 0-100psi
Bubble counter - Not really required but it helps you dial in your flow. Let's you see how much is going into the tank in an easily measurable way.
Needle valve - Allows you to fine tune your flow coming from the co2 regulator before it gets to the fish tank.
Solenoid - Allows you to turn on and off the flow of co2 using electricity. It can be hooked up to a timer allow the co2 to be turned on and off with the lights.
Those are the basic parts of the system.
|02-02-2013 03:17 AM|
|Wayne Dwops||sorry i read the primer to PRESSURIZED co2. See, I am an idiot. Like I said I don't really get how pressurized CO2 works. I mean I get it, but I don't get the system. I see these "all in one" kits but they never seem to actually contain everything. Is there an easy kit that is recommended? I really don't want a huge fancy set up for my small tank..|
|02-02-2013 03:09 AM|
|discgo||Save your money imo, $40 will get you a third of the way to a pressurized setup. The hagen kit is just a fancy way of making a "diy co2". Also, you won't need the diffuser if the kit comes with a co2 ladder.|
|02-02-2013 03:06 AM|
I want to do C02! I need something easy enough for idiots
Ha! I've read the primer to DIY CO2 and my dad can build it in a jiff but I really don't understand, at all, how the system works and I need something cheap and safe for my shrimp. Since my tank is only 20gallons and I am a complete idiot I'm thinking of just getting this:
and this ceramic diffuser
Is this system invertebrate safe though? How do I measure how much CO2 is in the tank to make sure my shrimp are not getting gassed? Is that what a bubble counter is for?
Also, will I need to use something to keep my PH and/or GH high enough for my RCS?
And, is there anything else I need to buy for the sugar/yeast method kit?