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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 01-18-2008, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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DIY CO2 with C02 Cartridges???

Hello All,

I am a new member, but have been paying close attention to everyone's post about Co2 systems and DIY projects. I tried the sugar and yeast systems, but I am wondering if anyone has ever used CO2 cartridges for the planted aquarium. I used to play paintball and I know they have C02 tanks available and I am wondering if anyone knows how to implement this. Would it work? Will it be enough for what the plants need?

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Yes it will be enough because its pure co2

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How long it last thought.....I am experimenting with a 10Gal...I also have a 9oz CO2 tank....lets say i find the regulator....how long will 9oz of CO2 last me???
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about 500 shots?

I would GUESS at least 4 months if you are good at disolving the CO2, and not using at night. I have a 5lb(does that make 80oz?), on a 55, and I get 6 months.
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Umm, I think a 9oz would last you around a month... Maybe less. If I were you, I'd get a bigger one, I think the standard ones are 24oz? Get one of those and it'll last you a lot longer
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http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...6&pcatid=15526

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thanks andrew...this was exactly what i am looking for..but the price is very high....i was hoping for a DIY or something around $50.
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thanks andrew...this was exactly what i am looking for..but the price is very high....i was hoping for a DIY or something around $50.
You can get a regulator at Lowes for $60. That's just a regulator, mind you. No needle valve, no bubble counter, no diffuser, etc. It was $60 when I bought it, it might vary from store to store.
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Here is what I found. I have a 2.5 gallon planted and was thinking about rigging up co2 for it. After calculating the cost of a small co2 setup, I decided it was stupid. Think about it. The cost to refill a 9 oz co2 tank at a sports store is like $5, right? I bought a 20lb co2 tank on ebay for about $75 and it costed me less than $15 to get it filled! Bigger co2 tanks have to get hydrotested every 5 years, unlike small paintball co2 tanks. However, even paying $20 every 5 years is still cheaper to just buy a bigger setup. The only reason I would personally pay all the extra money for a small co2 setup is so you can hide it out of sight. Just my 2 cents on the issue.
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I agree w/ born2lovefish. The only downside with the full rig is that if you have a leak, you get to spend an additional $17.50 (for me) instead of $5 to refill the tank, DOH!


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thanks andrew...this was exactly what i am looking for..but the price is very high....i was hoping for a DIY or something around $50.
Your not going to be able to setup a pressurized setup for $50 unless you buy everything used for dirt cheap, and maybe get some free stuff too...

Many have said in the past that the only reason to use a piantball setup is for size limitations on a nano tank or something like that. If you have room enough to put in at least a 5# tank, usually thats the way to go.


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This regulator may be of interest for those wanting to DIY a pressure system..

http://www.premiumaquatics.com/Merch..._Code=co2units
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This regulator may be of interest for those wanting to DIY a pressure system..

http://www.premiumaquatics.com/Merch..._Code=co2units
I'm not certain that's actually a regulator. Notice that nowhere do they claim it's a regulator. It might just be a valve, which would make it dangerous. They don't even specify what the threading is, although it implies it has paintball threads rather than CGA320 or whatever. AquaBotanic is/was selling something like this and made a halfhearted attempt at a recall. I would steer clear of this product.
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I'm not certain that's actually a regulator. Notice that nowhere do they claim it's a regulator. It might just be a valve, which would make it dangerous. They don't even specify what the threading is, although it implies it has paintball threads rather than CGA320 or whatever. AquaBotanic is/was selling something like this and made a halfhearted attempt at a recall. I would steer clear of this product.
Aquabotanic still sells it and it is a regulator for a paintball rig:

http://www.aquabotanicstore.com/CO2_...or_p/10174.htm

I have been considering this one for a nano setup, but I wanted to see about trying to rig it with a solenoid and decent needle valve.

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http://www.anythingxtreme.com/Pure-E...9209C1390.aspx

20oz bottle - $19.99

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