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DIY CO2 ???'s

Started my first DIY CO2 experiment, Couple questions. Should I some how turn it off at night or let it go all the time? I have it going into my powerhead, now if I shut the powerhead off will it stop the flow? And should the 2-liter bottle be hard with pressure??

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You should still be able to squeeze the soda bottle (if that's what you're using). It should be firm, yet compliant, lol. Turning off the powerhead may or may not suit your needs for CO2 level. It's probably a good idea, but I never used a powerhead when I used DIY so I'll leave that to someone else. It won't stop the flow though, you can't really do that with DIY, explosions or violent leaks may result.

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Explosions are always cool. But not in my kitchen. lol

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I have two 32 oz. bottles hooked into my filter intake, they run all the time in my 29 gal. my fish dont seem botherd by it. You ought to be okay with one in a 55 gal.

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Check out the grape jelly/yeast/CO2 thread in the DIY section.

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I actually have it set up on a 10gal test tank. There is a few valls in there with some creeping jenny i think and one other plant.

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you can let the co2 run all the time. the bottle wont be hard because your using a power head, it would be hard if you used a diffuser.
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Cool, thanks, Just what i was looking for. You answered my questions.

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