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DIY CO2 for 5.5 gal

Can someone direct me to a very specific DIY Co2 guide for 5.5 gal tank? I am a total newbie at this and have NO idea what I am doing, lol.

Or.. if someone can direct me to a decent priced complete Co2, that'd be even better

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I have a 5.5 gallon and use the DIY co2 method and it works great. below are two links showing you how. I will go ahead and let you know sometimes it takes mine almost two days to start producing Co2 so don't worry if it doesn't work right away. Good luck

https://www.plantedtank.net/articles/DIY-Yeast-CO2/7/

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thank you SO much!

I don't own a drill. Maybe a sharp xacto knife will do..?
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I use Lalvine Wine yeast EC-1118. It sells on [Ebay Link Removed] It ferments faster than yeast sold in grocery stores like Fischmann.
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thank you SO much!

I don't own a drill. Maybe a sharp xacto knife will do..?
Get a nail hot and push it through the plastic...just be careful.


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regulator including solenoid - 89.99
20 oz paintball tank - 19.99
Drop checker (includes some fluid) 11.99
Nano Diffuser 3.99
Bubble counter 13.99 (can be substituted with a DIY one)
and the hose is about 3.99 at lowes.

Total - 143.94

This is for a pressurized system that is reliable, turns off at night, and looks pretty damn cool lol. the paintball systems with this regulator work great for nano tanks.

http://www.thatpetplace.com/pet/group/4531/product.web
http://www.hustlepaintball.com/Guerr...20-oz-CO2-Tank
http://theshrimplab.com/store/?p=207
http://theshrimplab.com/store/?p=167
http://theshrimplab.com/store/?p=509


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regulator including solenoid - 89.99
20 oz paintball tank - 19.99
Drop checker (includes some fluid) 11.99
Nano Diffuser 3.99
Bubble counter 13.99 (can be substituted with a DIY one)
and the hose is about 3.99 at lowes.

Total - 143.94

This is for a pressurized system that is reliable, turns off at night, and looks pretty damn cool lol. the paintball systems with this regulator work great for nano tanks.

http://www.thatpetplace.com/pet/group/4531/product.web
http://www.hustlepaintball.com/Guerr...20-oz-CO2-Tank
http://theshrimplab.com/store/?p=207
http://theshrimplab.com/store/?p=167
http://theshrimplab.com/store/?p=509
The yeast method would work without any problems for a 5.5 gallon tank though. I will say if you have the money pressurized is great. It is more stable and you don't have to make a yeast/sugar mix. If your just starting out or are limited on funds (like most of the people that do the DIY projects) I would say do the DIY co2 first, that will allow you to get a feel for the hobby and make sure you want to dump $150 on a pressurized system. just my opinion though.
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The yeast method would work without any problems for a 5.5 gallon tank though. I will say if you have the money pressurized is great. It is more stable and you don't have to make a yeast/sugar mix. If your just starting out or are limited on funds (like most of the people that do the DIY projects) I would say do the DIY co2 first, that will allow you to get a feel for the hobby and make sure you want to dump $150 on a pressurized system. just my opinion though.
I got sick and tired of changing bottles, and mixing up new solution for the DIY method after about 3 months, then went this route. Never looked back ;p


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thanks for the responses, everyone! I guess I know where my birthday money is going, lol
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regulator including solenoid - 89.99
20 oz paintball tank - 19.99
Drop checker (includes some fluid) 11.99
Nano Diffuser 3.99
Bubble counter 13.99 (can be substituted with a DIY one)
and the hose is about 3.99 at lowes.

Total - 143.94

This is for a pressurized system that is reliable, turns off at night, and looks pretty damn cool lol. the paintball systems with this regulator work great for nano tanks.

http://www.thatpetplace.com/pet/group/4531/product.web
http://www.hustlepaintball.com/Guerr...20-oz-CO2-Tank
http://theshrimplab.com/store/?p=207
http://theshrimplab.com/store/?p=167
http://theshrimplab.com/store/?p=509

To save myself trouble of figuring out a DIY and making yeast and such, I am going for this.

Do I need anything else aside from what's listed above?
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Pencil2Print: I don't want to sound flippant but it's best if you use the search function here on the forum and read as much as you possibly can about CO2 setups before buying anything. That way you'll have most of your questions and concerns addressed and won't have any doubts about what you need specifically. It's not too confusing once you've read up.

As far as DIY goes... it's how I started and I think it helped me learn a lot about CO2. It's a heck of a lot easier than people make it sound. Even if you get a fancy setup with a solenoid and such, I recommend starting a DIY system just to get the hang of it all. I had a lot of fun doing it.
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I would say do the DIY co2 first, that will allow you to get a feel for the hobby and make sure you want to dump $150 on a pressurized system. just my opinion though.
True. It is a good experience having started on DYI so when someone got the same questions later on, you'll be ready to help because you have experienced it using it.
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