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What do you use for CO2 diffusion?

Inline atomizer - 25$
Sera reactor - 45$
Mix Max reactoy - 25$
DIY contraption - X
Glass diffuser - 10-20$
Other??

*prices approximate

After my poor results with the atomizer, I am looking for something else that works.... going with either the Sera/mix max
Do glass diffusers work? lets say in a 30 gallon tank thats only 12 inches high (25x25x12)


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I use the am 1000 reactor and I like it.


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hmm thats another alternative....

how does the efficiency of am 1000 compare to something with a needle wheel ie the mixmax/sera? (those two the needle wheel, but arent powered with a motor or anything...


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Are you pressurized? Or DIY? I use limewood diffusers. They work great. Although they have to be replaced every three to six months.

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Are you pressurized? Or DIY? I use limewood diffusers. They work great. Although they have to be replaced every three to six months.
oops- pressurized


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I use a Cerges reactor

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I have a glass diffuser with a bubble counter in it. I love it! But it takes up more room in the tank then I figured it would.
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Well if it's pressurized the I would go with glass/ceramic. I used a pressurized for a while til I started making wine and beer. I use the DIY method and I get a little to drink as well.

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So I am leaning towards: Ista Mix Max or Sera Flore CO2 reactor help me decide!

Which one do you guys think should be good?

Ista is 1/2 the price, same concept both - wheels are spun by your canister filter, co2 is agitated and mixed in..... thats about it I think


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I have an inline atomic diffuser.


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I have an inline atomic diffuser.
hahah thanks for rubbing it in, so do I, however it doesnt work for me (I think my solenoid limits outflow pressure


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Your solenoid doesn't limit anything. It's just an on and off valve.


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Ista Max CO2 reactor. $10. I am using one right now. Very please with it. I wrote a little review with it.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/eq...x-reactor.html

About the bubble counts? When I finally got my drop checker working, I realized I needed the double amount of CO2 to get the drop checker to turn lime green. It is also interesting to note that the rate the water enters into the chamber, as well as the amount of CO2, will reach an equilibrium. There is a point in which the rate the CO2 being dissolved is sufficient enough to prevent excess built-up of CO2 inside the chamber.
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I am pressurized and for diffusion I put together two power heads, an old gravel vaccum, and left over air hose to make a diffusion system that makes use of a venturi vacuum to ensure proper diffusion. Since I had everything on hand I didn't have to purchase anything I am happy with this but if given the choice and didn't have anything on hand I'd go with a brand name.

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