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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-21-2016, 06:41 AM Thread Starter
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Hi, I am back to planted tank.

I plan to purchase a co2 system with pH control. I am checking the setup from both

Complete CO2 Systems | CO2 Regulator - PH Controller - Cylinder

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COMPLETE ULTIMATE Co2 SYSTEM (best of the best)($600+ VALUE ! )

Is there any system you would recommend and in your experience, which one would be worth purchasing?

Thank you so much!
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Personally, I would go with the GLA system with an inline diffuser. The aquariumplants.com system is good, but the co2 reactor they provide has two 90 degree elbows, which will reduce flow. It's up to you in the end... they will both get the job done.

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I'd go with GLA. The CarbonDoser makes a constant ticking noise. You can muffle it with a towel, but in a quiet room you'll probably still hear it. The CarbonDoser also has a relatively low output PSI which results in an upper limit to how much CO2 you can output and also means you can't use some high PSI diffusers should you desire to in the future. The electronic component also caps the amount of CO2 you can output since the bubbles per second has a limit. I can't say if these limits will actually affect you as it'll depend on the size of tank you have, how heavily it's planted, and how well you dissolve the CO2.

I've actually used both a GLA and CarbonDoser setup.
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Thanks for the advice. I would just go with GLA. I notice that the GLA have different system including both single state and dual state but they guarrantee no end-of-tank dumping; and so many different price ranges. Any recommendation on which ones to start with? Thanks
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Depending on your personal situation, I might go with the $305 but more likely I would opt for the $205 and pick up a used CO2 tank around me.
My reason is that I do not want to own the tank myself as that ties me to going to places where they fill the tank and I have to leave it or wit as well as pay a premium for the gas. I far prefer having a tank that I take in, pick up a full one and leave in just a few minutes. Welding gas stores are far more professional and they can get the tanks filled right every time rather than having the kid they just hired to the job so that I never know what I may get. If the tank I swap for is an ugly one, I'm hiding it under the stand anyway and I get a better one next time.
I go for ease of use as well as value for my money more than the beauty of a CO2 tank. They are just simple tools to me while others like the appearance more.
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