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been doing my homework, is this a good DIY Co2 reactor ?

hello all, been on-line looking up plans for a good DIY Co2 reactor, just wanted you input on these Co2 reactor planns , I will be very greatful for any and all words of wisdom, one thing I have learned over the years in SW tanks is ask everything first...
thanks again - James
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The powerhead/vacum tube setup is supposedly the safest and most effective way to inject DIY CO2. Cheap, easy and effective GO FOR IT.

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thanks for the reply, I dont know a thing about fw tanks or Co2 reactors, so this tank will be a learn as I go kinda deal, and I really want to be sure to get off on the right foot
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The question remains, how big your tank will be, as DIY is only good for smaller tanks. Anything above 36G would certainly benefit from a pressurized system.

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it's a 55 gal Oceanic, I will in time go to a pressurized system after I learn more about fw planted tanks, I'm thinking a DIY will do for now, cause I have yet to put a single plant into the tank as of yet, and I know I'll need to do my homework on the plants as well, from what I can tell I'll needs lots of Co2 pumped into this tank cause of the lighting I'll have over it, 2x96wt pc's
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Yes very true. You are going to need at least 2x2L with stagered recharge times.

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thanks , I noticed ya had a thread asking about lights, have ya ever checked out Hellolights.com ? great site to buy lighting, and the customer service is outstanding really
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That's basically the setup I started out with on my former 29g. I never did add the bubble counter, though it would have been worth it so I could have monitored bubble rates. As mentioned, DIY isn't the best solution for a 55g, but it will help you better understand how things work. I consider it a good learning tool.

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