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now or wait: diy c02

Hi, I have started my first planted tank, 10 gallons, and I want to do a diy c02 system. I was wondering if anyone knows what amounts of ingredients for this smaller tank? But first of all do I need to wait a while before putting c02 into my tank? I have heard that you need to wait but I am unsure why I would need to do that. I sort of have my idea of the c02 system, but does anyone have one that works really great for them?

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You can use CO2 as soon as you put plants in the tank. When you do, the plants will grow faster, so you will very likely also need to dose fertilizers to give them enough to eat. This, https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...hlight=diy+co2 worked very well for me.

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ok thanks! I just wanted to make sure that I could do c02 right after I have planted the tank!

will a bubbler be enough to spread out the c02 to the plants?

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ok thanks! I just wanted to make sure that I could do c02 right after I have planted the tank!
Yes, you can start CO2 immediately.

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will a bubbler be enough to spread out the c02 to the plants?
Do you mean an airstone? If so, it will do OK, but will not provide a fine mist (smaller bubble size). The smaller the bubbles, the more surface area there is, allowing for greater CO2 dissolution.

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Yes sorry a airstone! My bubbles are pretty small! What could I do to make them even smaller ?
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A glass diffuser with a ceramic disc is a common method of achieving a finer mist. The one thing you have to be careful of is that with DIY CO2, it sometimes may not generate sufficient pressure to push the gas through the ceramic disc, so be sure to read product reviews and do the necessary research.

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Ok ! I will have to take a look at it ! Thanks for the advice !
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I am using a limewood air stone as my diffuser....it works way better than I thought it would. Bubbles are tiny and do not reach the surface (which is a good thing!). I highly recommend using one, if you can find it. I found mine on fleabay.
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when I need to redo my c02..do I need to just empty out the entire bottle and just start over again?
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when I need to redo my c02..do I need to just empty out the entire bottle and just start over again?
Yes, DIY CO2 is quite simple, though a hassle

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even if it is a hassle...its doing a great job haha! thanks btw!
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You may have trouble diffusing DIY c02 through an airstone or ceramic disk, as pointed out above. There are various better methods for diffusing DIY c02 on the forums.

When I was running DIY c02, I personally used this to diffuse it:

http://www.amazon.com/Hagen-Elite-Underwater-Filter-Listed/dp/B0009YD7D4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1374106531&sr=8-1&keywords=hagen+mini


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You may have trouble diffusing DIY c02 through an airstone or ceramic disk, as pointed out above. There are various better methods for diffusing DIY c02 on the forums.

When I was running DIY c02, I personally used this to diffuse it:

Amazon.com: Hagen Elite Underwater Mini Filter, UL Listed: Pet Supplies
I looked at the link, how would you do this?
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I use bamboo chop sticks as a diffuser.


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I use bamboo chop sticks as a diffuser.
I have read and heard that, the chopsticks need to be replaced all the time is this true?
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