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Too cold for co2?

Has anyone ever have issues with cold weather affecting co2 production from the DIY setup? I game home from work only to find that I am not producing any bubbles at all. Squeeze the bottles and things work fine. Today was pretty cold here in Ga, and the bottles feel a bit cold. Gonna try to heat them up to see if that helps.
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I have that problem.

I have noticed a real decrease in DIY CO2 production since the temps have dropped. I lower the heat way down at night and during the day when I am at work and am beginning to believe the lower temps have effected the CO2 output.

Thinking it is time to get another pressurized set up! Now who has the best regulator price again....

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Now who has the best regulator price again....

Mike
Just bought one last week. Let me save you the trouble...

Glass-gardens has the best price on the Milwaukee (but won't get any in until Jan 20) $69.00

Aquariumplants.com has the best price on JBJ - in stock right now. $69.99

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Thanks Uni!

I'll need a manifold (AquaBotanic) and a CO2 bottle. I'll use the Hagen ladders I already have.

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Are you kidding me on the Milwaukee regulator? Here, look for yourself.

Milwaukee Regulator

No one will have the Milwaukee equipment right now because we bought their entire inventory a few weeks ago.

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As Uni stated, the regulators will be available on the 20th.

Our price will be $69.00 which includes shipping.

Back to the original issue, temp will affect the CO2 production, I have seen some interesting ways of dealing with it. The best was a guy who made a heated "bath" for his generators, a small tub with a small powerhead and heater.
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The heated bucket works! Keeps them cranking consistently.

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I got my Milwaukee regulator from Marc Russo..$55

http://www.aquatic-store.com/
Shoot him an email, and ask him for a quote

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Are you kidding me on the Milwaukee regulator? Here, look for yourself.
Guess I overlooked that on my order last week . No matter, I like the JBJ units better anyway. Is aquariumplants.com and aquariumplant.com the same thing? The pages look slightly different. If you are the one who sold me my stuff, nice lookin microsword .

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Yeah, they're the same. I use one or the other as test beds when I'm working on new features for the site.

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The heated bucket works! Keeps them cranking consistently.
I would think one could plumb the filter to provide a tank temperature bath to stabilize the generator temps.


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No one will have the Milwaukee equipment right now because we bought their entire inventory a few weeks ago.
Good move, and the price is right, Aquatic Store is only about $4.00 less, can you match them?

I love price wars, best time to buy anything is when the stores are selling at cost.

As for the DIY CO2 temperature problems, can you place the bottles somewhere a bit warmer? I had the same problem with mine, but the tank was near a window, when I move the tank the problem seemed to go away for the most part.
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Nope, I don't do price matching as I still have to pay someone to pack and sip them item. Maybe if we worked out of our garage we could do it. I just make the price permanently low.

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Just out of curiosity, what would I need to go high tech on the co2. How little could I spend/


Honestly, I am a bit too much of a newb to the hobby to get into pressurized co2, have not even need to do a pruning on my tank yet. Just starting with ferts and learning that whole process.
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I put my diy bottles in a small cooler that I have laying around with a bit of hot water in it and production went crazy. Think Ill get some room temp water and add and extra aquarium heater to the cooler. Might be able to run about 70+ and get great output. Don't mind refilling the bottles if the output is beneficial.
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