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ADJAquariums 11-05-2012 12:05 AM

DIY CO2 questions
 
Alright so... I need a little help, ive got airline tubing, check vaulve and bottles to house the yeast and such, the only question is how much of water and yeast do i need for my tank, it is a 40 gallon and im going to use an airstone as my diffuser, any help would be much apperciated, thanks.

Bryanmc1988 11-05-2012 12:45 AM

it would not be a good idea to use an airstone as a diffuser... it will dissolve and break up into small pieces all over your tank...

Rich Guano 11-05-2012 12:47 AM

1/2 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon of yeast for every quart of water. Same as Koolaid! You should be fine with an Ocean spray 3 liter container filled 80% with the water.

What works best for me is to add the sugar to the room temp water in the bottle and shake it till dissolved. gently sprinkle the yeast on top of the water and let it hydrate for 5 minutes. It will begin falling to the bottom and appear to foam on the surface. Then gently rotate the bottle so the yeast mixes with the water.

Hoppy 11-05-2012 01:08 AM

DIY CO2 bottles produce a limited amount of CO2, so it really pays off to use a good method for diffusing it into the water. Otherwise, you will usually be very short on CO2. One efficient diffusing method is as described here: http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...10&postcount=2

I use 2 cups sugar, 1/2 tsp yeast, 1/2 tsp baking soda, in 2 liters of water. I dump in the yeast, the soda, then the sugar. Fill the bottle up just past where it necks down. Then I invert it with my thumb over the opening and shake it vigorously. Then, carry it over to the tank and connect it to the system. I use two 2L bottles, changing the solution in one every week. This is for a 65 gallon tank, and it gives me very noticeable improvement.

flc 11-05-2012 02:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Hoppy (Post 2067712)
One efficient diffusing method is as described here: http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...10&postcount=2


If you're going that route, why not just stick the tube outlet next to your canister intake? I'm sure others may feel differently, but as far as I'm concerned, the whole point of going DIY is the simplicity- fewer failure points and lower cost.

ADJAquariums 11-05-2012 06:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bryanmc1988 (Post 2067690)
it would not be a good idea to use an airstone as a diffuser... it will dissolve and break up into small pieces all over your tank...

I know the consequences of the airstone so im thinking of shoving a piece of gravel in the end of the tubing and poke small holes around the tubing so it acts like an airstone without the actual air stone

ADJAquariums 11-05-2012 06:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hoppy (Post 2067712)
DIY CO2 bottles produce a limited amount of CO2, so it really pays off to use a good method for diffusing it into the water. Otherwise, you will usually be very short on CO2. One efficient diffusing method is as described here: http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...10&postcount=2

I use 2 cups sugar, 1/2 tsp yeast, 1/2 tsp baking soda, in 2 liters of water. I dump in the yeast, the soda, then the sugar. Fill the bottle up just past where it necks down. Then I invert it with my thumb over the opening and shake it vigorously. Then, carry it over to the tank and connect it to the system. I use two 2L bottles, changing the solution in one every week. This is for a 65 gallon tank, and it gives me very noticeable improvement.

Thank you that was actually very helpful, im thinking of also going the 2 2L bottle route. thanks

wheatiesl337 11-05-2012 08:26 PM

I second the recommendation to use 2 bottles. This makes it infinitely easier to keep c02 levels stable.

I used a hagan mini filter to difuse. I got too much impeller cavitation when I injected straight into a cannister filter.

ADJAquariums 11-06-2012 08:45 PM

Thank you all, hoping to get some good O'l Yeast today or tomorrow, thanks

Merth 11-06-2012 09:23 PM

The diffusion method is the most annoying part. I'm currently attempting the syringe method until I decide to order a real one

Merth 11-07-2012 06:54 PM

I have been very pleasantly surprised at how well the syringe method has been working so far!

P015 11-07-2012 11:20 PM

Hey ADJ, where did you buy the check valves for the DIY Co2? I know you can order them online, but was wondering if lowes or home depot might carry them? What is the Syringe method to diffusing it Merth?

Hoppy 11-08-2012 03:59 AM

I got mine at Ebay. Just search there for Kynar Check Valve. These are very chemical resistant, so CO2 shouldn't bother them. Or, go to US Plastics and do the same search.

P015 11-08-2012 07:27 AM

http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/item.aspx?itemid=23369

Quite a few Kynar check valves, which size should I order Hoppy?

Merth 11-08-2012 03:45 PM

here is a pic of syringe diffuser method:
http://imageshack.us/a/img801/5341/imagefrg.jpg


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