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diy co2 + hagen ladder vs tank

hi,

i'm new to the forums; been trolling for a little bit reading as much as i can and i've got a question that i haven't found an answer for.

i have a 47gl tank (20x24x28 - column) with a hagen ladder / airstone diffuser; and i'm having trouble getting my ppm up to a good level. i figure it's a combination of my biowheel and initial misinformation regarding what the hagen canister was designed to support.

would one 2L bottle with the ladder/airstone generally be a good start for getting my ppm up, or should i hookup two bottles? i'm assuming one bottle would be enough due to the small surface area.

i don't have any water parameters to offer; i restarted the tank 2 days ago and haven't done a test yet.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-09-2006, 07:29 PM
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47 gal is alot for diy co2, you might want to go pressurized. But you can try 2 bottles to try to up the ppm to the level you want
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step up to pressurized. you wont regret it.
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thatguy, that's what i was thinking i needed to do.

here's a pic of the tank. i'm sure with pressurized co2 i'd save myself a lot of trouble trying to get it right.



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it will also depend on how many plant you want to grow in the tank. If you are just going to have a few more than that then I think it will be fine with 1 and that co2 system lasts for 2 months almost 3.
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I used them they are fine for a small tank but not large get rid of the little hagen bottles and replace it with one or 2 , two liter bottles and your probably gonna have to use two ladders or a better diffuser. get a pressurized system youll be able to have high consistant co2 levels with less maint.

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