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Old 03-31-2014, 11:17 PM   #16
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Well guys I've decided not to go with diy co2. The reason is because I feel like its too much of a hassle dealing with preparing recipe, co2 fluctuations, etc.

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Old 04-01-2014, 12:09 AM   #17
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So since ive decided not to go with diy co2 I do have a fluval co2 kit that I've discontinued since the replacement cartridges are too expensive. A 20g co2 cartridge lasted me 13 days at 1 bps in my 8 gallon, so I scoured the web to find an adapter to connect the valve to a bigger more affordable cartridge .. no luck. But .. today I stopped by my local bike shop to get a replacement tire and noticed these 16g threaded pure co2 cartridges used to inflate tires that looked similar to fluvals. I bought a 6 pack for $10 and they work. These are 3x cheaper than fluvals and are only 4g less. I searched ebay and bought a 30 pack for $30 with free shipping. Thats $1 a piece which should last 6+ months.


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Old 04-01-2014, 12:12 AM   #18
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Also ordered 4 nano diffusers for $5. They ship from hong kong though so its gonna take at least 2 weeks before I receive them /:
I need to hurry up and get pressurized co2 in this tank my hairgrass is dying. Excel can only do so much!

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Old 04-01-2014, 01:20 AM   #19
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Got that same co2 kit the diffuser on it is huge. Hopefully I can find a small one at a lfs.
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Got that same co2 kit the diffuser on it is huge. Hopefully I can find a small one at a lfs.
Yea that diffuser is huge!! It's so confusing to use and sometimes to this day I wonder if I'm using it right. At my lfs they have the fluval diffuser that comes in the 88g kit but it's $15! For now I'm using an airstone but I hate it. I guess I'll either have to wait or travel 30 miles to another fish store to buy a glass one which once I add up the gas and time wasted I might as well buy the one here locally.
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Who knows that thing is huge and is just taking up space. Guess I can use one of those small round air stones and connect it to the end of hose
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So since ive decided not to go with diy co2 I do have a fluval co2 kit that I've discontinued since the replacement cartridges are too expensive. A 20g co2 cartridge lasted me 13 days at 1 bps in my 8 gallon, so I scoured the web to find an adapter to connect the valve to a bigger more affordable cartridge .. no luck. But .. today I stopped by my local bike shop to get a replacement tire and noticed these 16g threaded pure co2 cartridges used to inflate tires that looked similar to fluvals. I bought a 6 pack for $10 and they work. These are 3x cheaper than fluvals and are only 4g less. I searched ebay and bought a 30 pack for $30 with free shipping. Thats $1 a piece which should last 6+ months.


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I'm in the Air Gun biz and we use a adapter from 88 gram to paintball tank.
They run about about $30 + shipping.
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Old 04-01-2014, 11:44 PM   #23
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just an FYI - the Fluval kit costs about $80 to 100 for such a tiny tank. And then frequent refills.

You can get a used / second hand 5LBS Co2 tank and a solenoid regulator for about $60
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just an FYI - the Fluval kit costs about $80 to 100 for such a tiny tank. And then frequent refills.

You can get a used / second hand 5LBS Co2 tank and a solenoid regulator for about $60
I'm going to get a regulator with solenoid soon but for now I'm gonna use up my co2 refills I have left. I have a 6+month supply by then I should have enough money to buy a decent system


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They are here!! A day early too. I just need a decent diffuser for now im using an airstone which sucks but drop checker stays green

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Old 04-03-2014, 07:24 PM   #26
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@Agent69: I am glad that you are using Fluval CO2 20g Kit, I do have this kit but I have never know how to use this kit with the item original came with the box. I do have a question about this kit, it seem like you well known this kit.

So if you are not using their original chamber came with the box, how do you use with the separate diffuser? is this same way like other regular CO2 system use? Like you must have bubble counter connect to the co2 tube or something? Can you provide a full photo of your setup? so I can learn from it. Thanks.
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Old 04-03-2014, 09:27 PM   #27
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Amazon.com: Fluval Ceramic 88g-CO2 Diffuser - 3.1 Ounces: Pet Supplies Amazon.com: Fluval Ceramic 88g-CO2 Diffuser - 3.1 Ounces: Pet Supplies

I use this diffuser in my Spec 2 and it works great. You can easily swap out ceramic rings if they get clogged too.
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Can I see the photo of your co2 kit setup?
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Can I see the photo of your co2 kit setup?
I actually just used a regulator from my leftover stock of beer brewing equipment. It's attached to a 5# CO2 tank and has a needle valve. Pretty basic.
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Can I see the photo of your co2 kit setup?

Here's a picture of my co2 setup. It's still a work in progress. Im using an airstone for diffuser since im still waiting for my glass ceramic diffusers to get here and I would rather use this than the ugly stock diffuser this comes with.

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