Ok so I am going to take the plunge with pressurized CO2 with a 5 or 10Lb bottle and this
regulator. (SMC needle) and I cant decide on a mix max reactor, or a diffuser. I have heard some not so great things about the reactor, aka weak plastic, loud, but am also unsure of how "Spritish" the water would get in my tank using a diffuser.
40G bowfront ~24" tall from substrate
SunSun 304b canister filter (loving it as a first canister)
2 Swords, bunch of Italian val, Broadleaf and narrow ludwiga, Red Cabomba (a bit green at the moment, and some glasso.
Along with a firemouth, electric yellow, kenyi, and red zebra cichlids. (all still babies)
I am currently running 2, 2L Diy co2 bottles through a powerhead and the flow in my tank is back top to front top and around which swirls my little bubbles quite nicely. I just have a picture in my head of a huge amount of bubbles everywhere that would really take away from the tank. So, if anyone has some pictures of how "sprite-like" a tank with fish could get i would love to see them.
Also if there are other "cheapish" inline reactors that I could use please let me know, And how loud are these reactors?
One last thing I am tight for space and with the canister and bottle in the cabinet I will have less then 1/3 of the space left for storing ferts, food, air pump, so on and so forth. Which is one of the reasons I am hesitant to do a DIY rex reactor, but it might fit....