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Question DIY co2 system

hi guys,

since my plants are taking their sweet @ss time to grow spread out, i need to start a DIY co2 system. my goal is something affordable (limited budget), easy to maintain and very easy to set up, (even a newbie can do).

if you have any pictures or links of your own DIY set up from the ground up, post it so i can take a look.

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Has anyone tried making a super low-tech co2 balloon? Simply blow up a balloon with human breath... instant co2. You might have to breathe into the balloon a few times to get the concentration up high enough... but it's about as cheap a DIY setup as I can imagine. I'd set up an airline the goes into a Tee, one line to the balloon, one line to the diffuser stone in the water, and another to a one-way valve for blowing up the balloon. Use one of those big punching balloons for lots of storage. If not a balloon (they deteriorate over time), use a blow-up beach ball, with some sort of weight (a book) that works to flatten the ball slowly as the air leaks out through the diffuser... a bellows of sorts.
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do a youtube search for DIY CO2. There are several step-by-step videos.
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Has anyone tried making a super low-tech co2 balloon? Simply blow up a balloon with human breath... instant co2. You might have to breathe into the balloon a few times to get the concentration up high enough... but it's about as cheap a DIY setup as I can imagine. I'd set up an airline the goes into a Tee, one line to the balloon, one line to the diffuser stone in the water, and another to a one-way valve for blowing up the balloon. Use one of those big punching balloons for lots of storage. If not a balloon (they deteriorate over time), use a blow-up beach ball, with some sort of weight (a book) that works to flatten the ball slowly as the air leaks out through the diffuser... a bellows of sorts.
you'll pass out trying to get enough co2 into a tank that way lol.
sugar and yeast is much simpler
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The air we breathe in contains about 0.04% carbon dioxide.
The air we breathe out contains about 4% carbon dioxide.

So this has no use.
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The air we breathe in contains about 0.04% carbon dioxide.
The air we breathe out contains about 4% carbon dioxide.

So this has no use.
in addition, a balloon does not create enough pressure to drive a diffuser. you'd be left with using a very very ineffiecient method of diffusion such as an airstone or a bubble ladder.
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Just get a paintball canister, a regulator from beveragefactory.com, a needle valve, and a paintball tank adapter for the regulator. It is more expensive to start, but in a short amount of time you will save money over the cost of diy materials, time, mistakes, algae covered plants, sugar, and yeast. I know because I tried to cheap out for a while, but that is just not the way to do things cost effectively; Especially in this hobby. Save your money and bite the bullet, you will save the money in the long-run if you are sure you are going to keep planted aquariums for awhile. If you decide to move into the reef scene later on the pressurized CO2 can be used there too.
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