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I'm new to the planted tank community, have so many questions but most of them have been answered by reading some of these post and you be tutorials but this has been a very tricky question that I can't seem to get a answer to. CAN I USE GLASS BOTTLES IN PLACE OF THE COMMON plastic bottles EVERYONE ELSE IS USING? WILL THEY BURST. I know it sounds crazy but I think glass is just much cleaner and looks nicer. And I'll be using 2 750ml bottles any good recipes for a rookie?
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Carbonated beverages are loaded with CO2, so they can contain a lot of pressure from that CO2. That means any bottle that was made to contain a carbonated beverage will be safe for DIY CO2, whether it is glass or plastic. Bottles made for other substances may or may not be safe. Plastic bottles which fail under pressure create a huge mess to clean up, but glass bottles which fail under pressure can cause severe injuries. That should be the primary concern.

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I have seen where some have used liquor bottles. I would think some larger beer bottles would work, as they are somewhat carbonated. As the poster before me stated, shattered glass is no fun, so use it at your own risk.


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Pressurized co2 doesn't have to be expensive. Look into the pressurized DIY threads, etc.... The consistency can be well worth it.


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Thanks for the input, the bottles I'd plan on using held sparkling water so I'll give it a go.
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I would go with something bigger than 750ml. What size is the aquarium?


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I'm using 2 of them it's about 20-25gallons
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Ive never used anything that small, but I believe the problem is going to be a) they are not going to generate much co2, and/or b) they are going to expire too quickly. I'd go with something closer to 1.5-2 liters. Using two is good, and change out one per week. The staggered start times will help maintain a consistent rate.


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