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so i purchased the hagen co2 system, pretty much a gloryful money costing diy system just more money....

http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2754083

but i have an 80 gal. planted tank, and i noticed that kit is meant to only treat up to 20 gal. so i asked a buddy at a LFS who knows much about planted tanks, he said to use a fluval ceramic diffuser..... which i did...


its been about 5 days since i did the setup, just cut the tubing and attatched it strait to the diffusor, didnt use the bubble counter, and no bubbles are coming out of the ceramic peice, im assuming because of lack of pressure, i have read a few threads that said they had the same issue with the fluval diffuser, so my question is should i use a basic air stone at the bottom of the tank? do i need a bubble counter?? should i instal another bottle on the other side of the tank? or will one be enough?

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If you're going Down The DIY road on a 80 gal, I suggest getting a few 2 lit bottles and doing the mixing yourself, you'll need several bottles to support that size a tank.

while 1 system will improve plant growth, that's a very minimal amount of co2 for such large tank. It also depends on how much plant mass you have and since it's such low co2, reduce as much turbulence at the surface as pos, it'll minimize loss.

Do not use an airstone to diffuse co2 if nothing else use takeout chopstick, shove it into the airtube and snap off the end. With 1 bottle of co2 you won't need a drop checker or bubble counter, the amount is so small it'll never get dangerous for your fish.

I used to use 2 DIY 2 litter bottles for my 15 gal planted. I switched out ea bottle every other week. I connected them to a mini internal filter so that the bubbles r chopped into fine tiny ones smaller then my glass diffuser could produce
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Personally, I would return that and do the paintball co2. Much cheaper, parts are easy to get, and it works perfectly for my 55, so I am sure it would do quite well for you too.
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Personally, I would return that and do the paintball co2. Much cheaper, parts are easy to get, and it works perfectly for my 55, so I am sure it would do quite well for you too.
+1. Best route IMO. It cost me around $60 for ea. of my setup
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+1. Best route IMO. It cost me around $60 for ea. of my setup

Yes!
For me:
$25 for tank (walmart)
$13 for psi pressure valve with the on/off co2 valve (ebay)
$2 co2 tubing (home depot)
$4 Needle Valve (home depot)
$1 Check Valve (petsmart)
$1 Teflon tape (home depot)

Then I went fancy:
$13 Glass diffuser with bubble counter built in (a cool coiled one) (ebay)
$11 Drop checker (ebay)

It's really quite cheap for a setup that works just as well as the super expensive ones.
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The one thing that DIY will do for you tho is after messing with it for awhile, once you do pressurize it'll give you that much more appreciation for it :-) but to stay on topic, if you need more help just ask :-D
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+5 on the Paintball setup. i used to use a DIY CO2 with my 7.5g cube, and eventually grew sick of mixing it every 3 weeks or so.

i just recently set up a Paintball pressurized system and i wish i did it sooner, lol.
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