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Talking Fluval Flora CO2 Help... Please!

Hello I am extremly new here so please be nice

I am recieving within the next week or so a Fluval Flora and can not wait to start a planted tank project!

However from the reading I have done (mostly on this forum) it seems to come highly recommended that I should not use the Fluval CO2 system that comes with this tank.

So that im prepared and I was wondering what people suggest to use instead?

I am not planning on rushing this tank and will probably just have it planted for the first couple of months but afterwards I would like to add some shrimp of some kind

Any help I would appreciate greatly!

Thank you
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the fluval co2 system is not cost effective, but maybe i could be wrong.. but if it comes with it, i think there's nothing wrong using it..

maybe you can always upgrade or downgrade to a paintball co2 setup.. i really don't know which is which.. lol..

adding shrimps? i suggest buying a drop checker just to be safe.. and it looks cool.. i'm getting mine next week.

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Hi, I'm new too I got my Fluval Flora on sale last month and I find the CO2 to work fine. The canisters are kinda expensive, although I have not had to put a new one in yet (but then I turn the CO2 off at night, I figure the plants are making enough on their own when the lights are out). I might just switch to a DIY pop bottle fermentation canister when this one runs out however. Sugar and yeast are cheap! Or maybe I'll re-use the metal canister as the fermentation vessel and not have to change my set up. Just premix the sugar/water/yeast and pour it in... *envisions disasters*

Or maybe not.

If you aren't going to use the CO2 kit you might as well save some money and get the Fluval Shrimp aquarium. It's the same kit, only without the CO2 diffuser. The shrimp kit was going to be my first choice, but my LFS was selling both kits at the same price

Good luck!
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I ended up trashing the fluval co2 system, it is um... low quality. I also wanted higher light out of the box, so I upgraded my light to a mounted desk lamp with a 23w CFL. In order to deal with the high light I had this:
http://www.thatpetplace.com/pet/group/4531/product.web

that at the time was on my 36 gal tank. It is now moved onto the flora. It is a great little system, refills on a 20 oz. paintball tank costs me 3.50 at sports authority. of course a drop checker with 4dkh solution would be required with this system to monitor co2 levels, but it has worked great.

(here is an inexpensive drop checker form a forum sponsor)
http://theshrimplab.com/store/?p=196

and a glass diffuser
http://theshrimplab.com/store/?p=167

bit on the expensive side, but it is a good way to go.


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Hi, I'm new too I got my Fluval Flora on sale last month and I find the CO2 to work fine. The canisters are kinda expensive, although I have not had to put a new one in yet (but then I turn the CO2 off at night, I figure the plants are making enough on their own when the lights are out). I might just switch to a DIY pop bottle fermentation canister when this one runs out however. Sugar and yeast are cheap! Or maybe I'll re-use the metal canister as the fermentation vessel and not have to change my set up. Just premix the sugar/water/yeast and pour it in... *envisions disasters*

Or maybe not.

If you aren't going to use the CO2 kit you might as well save some money and get the Fluval Shrimp aquarium. It's the same kit, only without the CO2 diffuser. The shrimp kit was going to be my first choice, but my LFS was selling both kits at the same price

Good luck!

Hello
Luckily im not actually buying this tank as the fish keeping magazine in the UK are giving them to people who have subscribed for a year But if I was to buy the tank the ebi and flora cost the same also

However I was looking at making my own CO2 system and it does look like fun so I may do that until I set up a proper CO2 kit

Thank you
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I ended up trashing the fluval co2 system, it is um... low quality. I also wanted higher light out of the box, so I upgraded my light to a mounted desk lamp with a 23w CFL. In order to deal with the high light I had this:
http://www.thatpetplace.com/pet/group/4531/product.web

that at the time was on my 36 gal tank. It is now moved onto the flora. It is a great little system, refills on a 20 oz. paintball tank costs me 3.50 at sports authority. of course a drop checker with 4dkh solution would be required with this system to monitor co2 levels, but it has worked great.

(here is an inexpensive drop checker form a forum sponsor)
http://theshrimplab.com/store/?p=196

and a glass diffuser
http://theshrimplab.com/store/?p=167

bit on the expensive side, but it is a good way to go.

Hey

It was your threads which were the main ones I had read reguarding the CO2,

Thank you so much for the links! Atleast I know where to start now, Although living in the UK I think I will have to rely mainly on ebay but there seems to be some good deals on there similar to those links.

Thanks to everyone, I think I have decided to sell the CO2 system that the Flora comes with and put the money towards a much better one

Once I start setting up im sure im going to have hundreds of more questions reguarding CO2 so any help would be greatly recieved!

Thanks again
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