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What CO2 options do i Have

Just got a new 60gallon aquarium and I know for a fact that i am going to have lots of plants and i also know that for the plants to fully grow i will need CO2 injection so just wanted to know what my options are going to be.

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DIY is tough on a large tank. It can be done but is inconsistent and that could lead to problems. You would need 2-3 2 liter bottles to make it at all effective. What plants are you thinking of growing? If you are going to get serious about planted tanks go pressurized from the get go.


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I agree with Bigstick120, but for the time being its probably the best route to go ,I have a 100 gal. tank and for the past 6 -7 years I have been using DIY co2 and have had success with it .To make it more consistent and reliable I put 3 bottles(2 litre) in a bucket of water and heat it with a small heater ,I also have a small water pump circulating the water . pressurized co2 system is the best system but costs much much more.
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Only two real options.

Yeast based systems or pressurized.

Yeast is cheap but takes a lot more work.

Pressurized is more expensive but done correctly is pretty much set and forget. Fill the tank when it is empty.

Pressurized can be done for under $150 if you are willing to do some grunt work.
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Yeast is a lot of work and isn't really all that cheap.

It has low startup costs. It has high operating costs. Pressurized is the other way around: high startup, low operating.

I'd hazard a guess and say that if distrbd has been running DIY on a 100g for 6+ years, they've probably spent several times more on yeast and sugar than they would have on pressurized and refills.

Pressurized is also reliable, adjustable and very low maintenance.
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It seems that people forget the price of time. How much do you make at work? What is your hr rate? Like rex stated, you can get a pressurized system running for $150. Lets say you choose the yeast method.....

Now lets say you make $15 an hour. And you spend 1 hour a month messing with yeast. (im sure that is conservative....i bet many spend more time).

12x15 is $180 in time per year.

In 5 years that is $900.....not even including the price for yeast and sugar and bottles...etc.

Pressurized for 5 years will cost you $150 setup plus $30x5 for refills = $300 If you want to include time, you can say maybe 2 hours a year in time to run out and get refills. So maybe $150 setup + 150 for refills + $150 for time = $450 if you want to get picky.

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