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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 11-03-2011, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
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co2, information? please

Hi, I've never heard of adding co2 to tanks before, after reading on this forum, I made a diy setup, feeding the outlet into the intake of the filter, but now I"m reading that a diy setup won't produce enough for a 6 ft tank anyway. how do you tell if the setup is still working? why is this needed? in the past, I've had smaller tanks, the plants die/get eaten, I go buy more... now from what I'm reading that is not necessary. that the plants should grow well enough that they don't need replacing??? (So often anyway) I'm still cycling the tank, and I bought some mosses (another thing I've never had) and I'm planing on ?aquascaping? this tank a bit better (hopefully) than my previous setups.

eventually I want to have mollies, guppies, maybe some cherry? shrimp(looks like that is all I can get here) some borneo plecos (they are soo cool to watch on teh glass) (I'm open to suggestions here too)

I'd like some more info on co2 systems, should I get one? and why?

the current set up is, 6ft, by 2 ft, by 2 1/2 ft tank, fluval fx5, heated, a wavemaker running during the day, with an airline into the wavemaker... (kids did that one)

as I've said, I'm still cycling the tank, so plenty of time to look into things, I want to do this right. so Please, if anyone can refer me to some good info on co2 systems...

thank you
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 11-03-2011, 12:31 AM
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You can tell if a DIY system is still putting a bubble counter inline. Fill a little bottle halfway fill with water, put the intake line down into the water, put the output line up at the top. put both lines through the cap. It will also serve to catch any of the gunk that comes from the yeast mixture.

But you're right, on a 6' tank it won't do much good. There are a whole bunch of threads with good info on CO2 - just check the equipment forum here. If you want a plug n play unit, you can get a Milwaukee, Azoo, or Aquatek for minimal price. But you get what you pay for. If you want to spend more money for a quality unit, there are several sellers here who can do that for you. And if you want to build your own, there's plenty of information here to point you in the right direction(s). Good luck!
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