Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Arlington, Texas
personally, i have used both, and like the RedSea Turbo sytem better. I was getting decent results with the nutrafin system, and when I replaced it with the one from RedSea, I saw immediate improvement in my plant growth. But, having learned the hard way, you could easily replicate the same results of the RedSea system for less money. A small Rio water pump, or equivalent, could be adapted to be used in the same way as the RedSea system, and a 2 liter coke bottle could be used to produce the CO2. You would also save money, and get better results but mixing your own CO2 mix (the yeast, sugar...) because the one from RedSea costs 8 bucks in the store.
btw, i have a 5 gallon tank with a CO2 system like this as well, and just as a heads up, using a pump system like the RedSea one creates quiet a bit of water movement...too much for 5 tiny gallons. If you do something like the RedSea product, take a peice of filter foam, and stuff it in the outlet of the water pump. It really slows down the water flow, and even helps to diffuse the CO2 a little more. The bubbles shoot out of mine, and are totally disolved in the water before hitting the surface.