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Co2 reactor with glass bottle?

Just wondering if it would be better to use a glass bottle over plastic for any reason. I have a few sitting around that would probably work fine. Also, would an air stone work fine for a temp. diffuser?

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A glass bottle made for carbonated beverages would work ok, but don't use just any bottle. Yeast CO2 generators can generate a pretty high pressure, enough to shatter some glass bottles. A champaign bottle would be perfect. An air stone is a very poor diffuser, because the pores are too big. Much better, and dirt cheap is a piece of bamboo chopstick, stuck in the end of the CO2 line. Or, some of the wood "airstones" are also good. If you have a powerhead in your tank, just sticking the CO2 line into the inlet to the powerhead works very well, but is noisy.

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I have a Koralia water pump/current generator, but would that work instead of a powerhead? Also, I was told I need Co2 safe hosing instead of the regular air hosing that I have lying around... Would Home Depot carry this stuff? I want to do this as cheap as possible, but I want it to be safe. Last thing I want is for an explosion to occur. I attached a picture of the Koralia pump that I have with some quick editing in paint. Just wondering if I could feed the line in one of the side vents, having the tube's opening by the water flow exit. One last thing.. Would I have to use the air stone with the Koralia if it works, or would it be fine with just a regular open end?

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If you are just using DIY co2, regular old vinyl air line will work fine.
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I have a Koralia water pump/current generator, but would that work instead of a powerhead? Also, I was told I need Co2 safe hosing instead of the regular air hosing that I have lying around... Would Home Depot carry this stuff? I want to do this as cheap as possible, but I want it to be safe. Last thing I want is for an explosion to occur. I attached a picture of the Koralia pump that I have with some quick editing in paint. Just wondering if I could feed the line in one of the side vents, having the tube's opening by the water flow exit. One last thing.. Would I have to use the air stone with the Koralia if it works, or would it be fine with just a regular open end?

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That is basically what I do, but I use the Hagen elite mini.
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So do I need to use the air stone with the Koralia, or is it fine to just have the exposed end going into the pump?
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I just use an open air line
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Before I got a bubble ladder I just put the line into the intake of my HOB filter.

Before everyone gets their panties in a bunch.....I know buth ways are not the most effecient.....but it works for me.
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Before I got a bubble ladder I just put the line into the intake of my HOB filter.

Before everyone gets their panties in a bunch.....I know buth ways are not the most effecient.....but it works for me.
I have a little whisper on my 10g, think it would work if I rubber band it up right next to the intake so the bubbles get sucked in?
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