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DIY Help Adding Powerhead

I current have a DIY Co2 and am running it through the Hagen co2 diffuser ladder but don't feel I'm getting optimum diffusion. I have a Marineland Power Head 550 which has an adapter for the air intake I was wondering if I can connect my co2 system to this and have it blast the Co2 into the tank as it would if I left the air adapter on?
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yes you can; that method is called misting...
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That air fitting on powerhead outlets sucks air into the outlet flow. When you use DIY CO2 it is a bad idea to apply suction to the output of the DIY container, because that can suck some of the yeast/sugar/water solution into the aquarium. Also, if you just stick the CO2 hose into the inlet of a powerhead the CO2 bubbles get chopped up by the powerhead rotor giving much finer bubbles and better diffusion of the CO2 into the water. But, that also applies some suction to the CO2 line - not much, but some.

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So you suggest placing the tubing into the water intake rather than air intake. If I go this route do I need a diffuser at the end of the Co2 tubing.
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I use a Rio 50 to futher diffuse the air bubbles from my glass diffuser. I place the glass diffuser an inch below the Rio 50.


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Ok so what I think I'm going to do when I get home is run my Co2 line down the back of the tank behind the power head to the bottom of the intake for the power head. I'll place an elbow connector at the end of the line so it ends up directly under the intake and the bubbles go straight in no suction on the Co2 line. I think this will work any thoughts as to possible issues?
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Ok so what I think I'm going to do when I get home is run my Co2 line down the back of the tank behind the power head to the bottom of the intake for the power head. I'll place an elbow connector at the end of the line so it ends up directly under the intake and the bubbles go straight in no suction on the Co2 line. I think this will work any thoughts as to possible issues?
it will work. issues are the noise generated as the bubbles are chopped up by the powerhead's impeller and microbubbles flying all around your tank. it would be more effective than your ladder though.
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