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best hagen DIY recipes

I read the post about the best recipes for this unit. I have a similar unit, I believe its 1L capicity and wondered what some good recipes were.

The common problem, everyone was saying for the hagen recipe, that you fill the sugar up to the line... I want to know how much sugar that is. If my unit is identical volume this recipe would work for me as well.

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hmm, I am not 100% sure. But If I had to take a guess I would say it was very close to 3/4 cup of sugar.

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Just put some sugar in the Hagen container up to the line. Then pour it out into a measuring cup to see how much it is.

I measured it a few years ago, but I can remember what it is now.

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5 ounces sugar and 14 ounces water is the Hagen c02 system Equivalent. Most people find that 1/2 teaspoon yeast and 1 teaspoon baking soda works best. Be sure to use a bubble counter and check valve to prevent snot plugs forming on the inside of your c02 reactor, filter(if you diffuse into the intake of the filter), or diffuser(ceramic or ladder).


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0.625 US cups, I was close with 3/4 cup

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Just put some sugar in the Hagen container up to the line. Then pour it out into a measuring cup to see how much it is.

I measured it a few years ago, but I can remember what it is now.

I dont have the hagen, I have one of similar size though

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Be sure to use a bubble counter and check valve to prevent snot plugs forming on the inside of your c02 reactor, filter(if you diffuse into the intake of the filter), or diffuser(ceramic or ladder).
Is this an ok bubble counter?

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That should do the trick. Just disconnect it weekly and clean it out to clean out any snot that builds up.

If you are not lazy like me and don't mind a big bulky bubble counter. You can also make one, like the one pictured on the bottom of this DIY C02 link.
http://www.coloradoaquarium.org/pics/co2.html

These are the two bubble counters that I ordered to test.

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http://cgi.ebay.com/Bubble-counter-L...QQcmdZViewItem


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I go from a 1 gallon juice jug to a 20 oz coke bottle. Gas seprator/ bubble counter in one. Cost $1.19 at most gas stations.

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I go from a 1 gallon juice jug to a 20 oz coke bottle. Gas seprator/ bubble counter in one. Cost $1.19 at most gas stations.

how did you fabricate a bubble counter for the 20 oz? Pics would be appreciated, so I can fully understand.

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the air line tubing from the jug to the bottle goes to the bottom of the coke bottle ( which is 1/2 full of water ) then a second airline tube from the bottle to my diffuser which is above the waterline. As the co2 enters the bottle it bubble sup and is seperated and leaves to the diffuser.

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the air line tubing from the jug to the bottle goes to the bottom of the coke bottle ( which is 1/2 full of water ) then a second airline tube from the bottle to my diffuser which is above the waterline. As the co2 enters the bottle it bubble sup and is seperated and leaves to the diffuser.

Interesting idea, what kind of diffuser?

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stupid question ... Where/how do you know how much co2 is getting into your system by using a bubble counter?

It doesn't display the amount in numerical format, so how do you know?
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stupid question ... Where/how do you know how much co2 is getting into your system by using a bubble counter?

It doesn't display the amount in numerical format, so how do you know?
Uh count the bubbles. Other than that I dont. My plants are growing very fast and with larger leaves. So I guess it is working.

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