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Turbo CO2 Bio System by Red Sea

Just purchased this unit on Saturday at LFS. The salesman recommended it. My question is can anyone tell me the "homemade" mixture I can use vs. buying these $10 replacement canisters monthly. The reactor requires that you put the mix in and add 1 liter of warm tap (not aquarium) water. I thought if I knew the ingredients I could mix it up myself without the cost of buying their replacements. Thanks
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I've never heard of this system, but I assume it's similar to the Hagen. All you need is sugar and yeast. I like to add a little baking soda as well. There are some different recipes around that use champagne yeast and protein mix along with the sugar. I just use 2 cups of white sugar, one tsp. of yeast, and a tsp. of baking soda in a 2 liter pop bottle. I dechlorinate the water so any chlorine won't kill the yeast.
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Brand new item. Not many, if any, of us have any experience with them. I also saw one at the LFS. In theory it seems to be similar to the Hagen unit, but it has a powered internal reactor. You hook the CO2 output to a power head. It looks pretty neat, and I imagine it does a good job.

Have you checked out the contents of the refills? I am sure they must have them listed on the package.

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Is it this one ?


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That's it!

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Hey:

Thanks for the response. I will try this mixture out!
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Thanks Mike. I have only had it since Saturday and they say I will not see a difference for a week. Seems to be doing the job. I will check the ingredients like you suggested. I assumed they wouldn't list all of them. Thanks again!
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yes - exactly. I am hoping I didn't waste my money. After buying it at the LFS I found the same item on the internet for alot less and the monthly refills alot less also. Thanks for the response!! Richard
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I think that the system is a good deal, especially since it comes with the reactor. Forget about the refills, A bag of sugar, yeast and baking soda with cost only a few dollars and last a long time.
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How big is the bottle on this system? Two liter coke bottle barley lasts one month with home made mix. I wonder how long will this bottle last ?
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I'm interested in seeing how you guys like this product.

How much was it selling for at your LFS and where did you find it on sale online?
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I'd like to know where myself. I have several smaller tanks around here with plants and am interested in experimenting.

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This site seems to have pricings on a varity of items related to this.

http://www.azgardens.com/newCO22.php
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That Fish Place carries most of those items a little bit cheaper.

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It is a (1) liter bottle that states will last a month. I bought a few of the refills online for alot less than the lfs but am planning on trying the homemade mixture in the future. Thanks for the response
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