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Diffusion with no diffuser!

i was temporarily using an airstone to diffuse my co2 into my tank but it broke apart today (made of sand). So i have no other means of diffusion in my tank so what household things can i use to diffuse co2. I've heard of people using wooden chopsticks but i tried that once but i guess i didnt have enough pressure built up because no bubbles came out of it after about 2 hours. So what else can i use?
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Hi Aquariumnoob1,

What type of filter do you have on your aquarium?

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http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tetra-Whis...-1-ct/10291764

This is my filter. So there is no way for me to diffuse through this. And no one in my family smokes so i dont have access to cigarette butts.
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This is my filter. So there is no way for me to diffuse through this. And no one in my family smokes so i dont have access to cigarette filters.
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currently looking for a co2 system,i have plants,shrimp and live food cultures to trade
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do you have a powerhead?
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Nope....as my name suggest im a noob lol i buy things as i need them which seems like bad idea now.
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you can use a diy bell style diffusor.

essentially you use an upside down cup or something similar. you submerge it and put the co2 line under it. the cup traps the co2 and allows it to diffuse into the water. its really only good in small aquariums and when there isnt a lot of bubbles per second

http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/4...diffusor.4.gif

that kinda gives you the idea. you can do a search and find all sorts of other models and varients. it should get the job done though
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here is a great diy resource for co2 which also mentions the bell
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This is my filter. So there is no way for me to diffuse through this. And no one in my family smokes so i dont have access to cigarette butts.
I think running the co2 tube into the filter intake is worth trying though I understand that this type of filter isn't ideal for the purpose.
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Why not buy some of those disposable filters that Lee's aquatics make. you can replace them when they get clogged. Or better yet just run the CO2 with no diffuser and just the straight tubing. You will find that you will not be using a measurable amount more of CO2. But the best is to get a good cheap diffuser.
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CHOPSTICK

break the tip of a bamboo chopstick in the end of the tube. Injected it into my aquaclear this way


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You may want to check your tubing for leaks. Especially around where the tube enters the bottle. You should be able to diy enough pressure for a chopstick pretty easy.


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You could also just let it go and pick up something on monday. While no CO2 for a couple of days is not ideal, it's not going to cause any serious problems.
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Buy a powerhead. Put the tube under the powerhead intake so the bubble goes in and is chopped up.


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