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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-17-2005, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
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Question DIY CO2 bottle size

I simply don't have the resources for a CO2 bottle and regulator right now. I need to get a DIY going at least temporarily. This is going on a 55g with 128w of T8 fluorescent which I understand is a bit large for DIY CO2. I was thinking that rather than 2 or 3 liter bottles I could use this 2.5 gal carboy that I have laying around. DO you CO2 guru's think I would be at an advantage over 2 or 3 liter bottles by using this?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-18-2005, 12:10 AM
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I would say 2-3 bottles will be alright, you never really know until you give it a try.
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That way I wouldn't need to drill a hole in the lid of my carboy either. I picked up 2 3liter bottles of soda at the grocery for 89 cents each. The soda is pretty lame so it will probably go down the drain. I tihnk I am gonna try the soda bottle thing first. For $1.78 it's worth a gamble I suppose
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The one advantage I could see with the soda bottles is that you could stagger them so that you always have one going full force. Start a solution, let it go for a week, then get another one going and wait another week, then get the last one going, etc.
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I use a 2.5 gallon Jug for my DIY Co2. The one advantage it has is that there are less places for Co2 to leak from. Just the hole in the cap of the jug, with more than one bottle you could have leaks in the bottle caps and the T-connectors.
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