Need a quick awnser please.another question! - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-21-2007, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
Planted Member
 
matt s's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Florida
Posts: 204
Need a quick awnser please.another question!

Im doing DIY Co2 for a 48 gallon. I have 2-2 liter bottles I will be diffusing it with an airstone up into my HOB filter. My question is should I start both bottles now or wait how long apart? One other thing is Whats the best mix to use and how often should I change?Also do I have to have a bubble counter with DIY? Thanks!

Aquariums are like lays potato chips, You can't have just one!

-Owner of many tanks including lots of cichlids everywhere from 5" Angelfish to my 14" Oscars
48 Gallon Planted project:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
matt s is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-21-2007, 07:08 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
mpodolan's Avatar
 
PTrader: (60/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Lenox, MI
Posts: 1,484
For a 48 gallon, you might need even more than the 2 2-liters. I'd say start them together and see how much co2 it provides for your tank. Do an advanced search for DIY co2 mixtures. There are tons of opinions on that issue

Mike


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
mpodolan is offline  
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-21-2007, 08:27 PM
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: USA
Posts: 34
DIY CO2 Mixture

If you don't mind spending a couple of dollars, Petsmart has CO2 refills 3 per pack for around 7 bucks. Last 3 months per mixture. I currently use it on one of my 30g, works well.

All you need is pure cane sugar, and add in the petsmart mixture.
Here is a link for the complete kit, however you will only be needing the refills.
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...earch&keepsr=1

Refills can be had at;
http://www.arcatapet.com/item.cfm?cat=11134

As far as starting them, I would start one, then one week later start the second as they deplete you will have about one week to start a second batch without interuptions.
DIY fermentataion normally takes about a day or so to get going, depending on room temp etc..
dmbProducts is offline  
 
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-21-2007, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
Planted Member
 
matt s's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Florida
Posts: 204
OK I just tested my Bubble per minute coming out of the end of the tube and it was 28. I took off the airstone to get the count. Is it me or is this to high? could it cause damage to my fish.

Aquariums are like lays potato chips, You can't have just one!

-Owner of many tanks including lots of cichlids everywhere from 5" Angelfish to my 14" Oscars
48 Gallon Planted project:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
matt s is offline  
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-21-2007, 10:28 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
eyebeatbadgers's Avatar
 
PTrader: (62/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Hendersonville, TN
Posts: 2,485
Send a message via AIM to eyebeatbadgers
Quote:
Originally Posted by dmbProducts View Post
If you don't mind spending a couple of dollars, Petsmart has CO2 refills 3 per pack for around 7 bucks. Last 3 months per mixture. I currently use it on one of my 30g, works well.

All you need is pure cane sugar, and add in the petsmart mixture.
Here is a link for the complete kit, however you will only be needing the refills.
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...earch&keepsr=1

Refills can be had at;
http://www.arcatapet.com/item.cfm?cat=11134

As far as starting them, I would start one, then one week later start the second as they deplete you will have about one week to start a second batch without interuptions.
DIY fermentataion normally takes about a day or so to get going, depending on room temp etc..
I'd say those refill packs are overpriced yeast, and stabilizer is baking soda?? Whatever it is, yeast is cheaper from the grocery store, and is effective.

Quote:
Originally Posted by matt s View Post
OK I just tested my Bubble per minute coming out of the end of the tube and it was 28. I took off the airstone to get the count. Is it me or is this to high? could it cause damage to my fish.

Bubble count is measured through a bubble counter. Therefore, bubble count varies from tank to tank and isn't a reliable way to measure CO2. A drop checker is a reliable way however.

I would start 2 2 liter bottles today, and 2 more next week, and change them out after 14 days of use. This may provide enough CO2 if you diffuse your gas properly. I'll guarantee you that you won't kill your fish with two bottles in a 48 gallon tank.

I've used limewood airstones for a while, as they are superior to regular airstones. I now use my canister filter to diffuse the gas, and it is even more efficient.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
eyebeatbadgers is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome