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Non yeast/sugar diy co2 recipe

Alrighty, I know I read a post that had citric acid and something else to create co2.
Help a returning hobbiess out please? ( Aka noob lol)

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Sodium bicarbonate, most likely?

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Got an actual recipe by chance?

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Found it! Thank you!

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is this a vegan culture or something? hehe
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Naw, old timer getting back into the hobby. So I'm going to diy my own CO2.

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Naw, old timer getting back into the hobby. So I'm going to diy my own CO2.

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Let us know when you've set it up. The reaction is essentially the same one used in the science fair volcanoes.
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Yup, that's the principal we worked with 35 years ago.

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Not to discourage you, but how big is your tank? it's very difficult to maintain good levels of co2 on large tanks via DIY.
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Hi, I guess that I'm a little late to this discussion, but I believe that I was the one who mentioned the citric acid/baking soda.

I use 2 x 2 liter soda bottles for this and this kit from Amazon:

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I do 300g of citric acid plus 900ml of water in bottle A and 300g of baking soda plus 300ml of water in the second bottle. You have to shake up the bottles, so don't throw out the caps. This lasts me for 7 days with about 10 hours a day, 2 -3 bpm although sometimes I come home from work and find out that it's slowed down to 1 bpm. Occasionally you have to shake up Bottle B.

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https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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My whole system is a 29 + 12-15 gallons in the 20l refugium.

Yes! I saw that post!

Got my mental gears turning!

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It can definitely be done. A 29 is definitely the high end to me for DIY. It's all a matter of will you put in the work to keep it consistent over the long haul. Most don't keep it up long-term especially for that size tank. If you enjoy the whole process then more power to you.
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