Q's on DIY CO2
This is my first post on here, though I've been lurking for several months.
I just recently did a ODNO on my 29 gallon tank (2 x 24" T12's at 4X @ ~2.7WPG). As a result, I'm also going to start CO2 injection. I was stoked to start, but after reading about 7 pages of information here, I'm not getting that same feeling.
I have a 29 gallon tank that will be medium/heavy planted. Right now, it's just Anacharis. I have two power filters: an AquaClear 200 and a Penguin 100. I do NOT have an airpump/bubble wand. I really don't want on either. I like using my two HOB's for surface agitation. I have two fancy goldfish, and that's it.
Anyway, for my DIY setup, I'll be using the 2L bottle, the small water bottle as the bubble counter, high quality tubing (designed for the fuel of R/C aircraft), and an air stone diffuser.
Now, before my reading today, I was going to place the air stone very near to the AquaClear intake and let it suck in the bubbles to be "chopped up". Because I use this filter as my aggitator, it seems that I'm going to be injecting CO2 for nothing, is this correct?
I've been thinking that I may have to get an air pump and air stone and keeping the water level high enough to get rid of the surface aggitation (no problem here). My question would be: "If I take this route, get a moderately planted tank, and get good pearling on a constant basis, can I get rid of the air pump/air stone?" You don't understand how much I do NOT like air stones in my tank. I will only use one if I absolutely have to.
Anyway, has anyone else done a DIY CO2 setup with surface aggitation? If so, what are your experiences?