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do I need a Co2 reactor ??

Hello again
I am setting up my tank today and was just wondering if I need a Co2 reactor, for now I'm just going to do the 2 liter bottle DIY system for my Co2, just to get things started I was thinking of just running the tubing straight into this system I just put together
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What is the size and lighting of your tank?
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for light I have 2x96 pc.s and the size of the tank is a 55 Oceanic
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IMO Yes!! With a tank that size, you are going to have a tough time keeping your CO2 constant. I have a 46, I use pressurized CO2 and without a good reactor, I couldnt keep my CO2 stable. Not to mention you light is on the high side. You are going to need to keep your CO2 levels high and constant to not be an issue. IMO i would just get pressurized CO2 from the start. It will save you headaches that you wouldnt believe.
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thanks for the reply, I will be going with a pressurized CO2 system, but at this point all I have in the tank is substrate and water.....lol, I'm sure I'll set up pressurized CO2 over the next few weeks and was just going to DIY something for now.....
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HAHA.....I know what you are saying. Obviously, there are a billion other things to consider. The more you do things the better idea you will have of what you want to achieve. I'm sure others with a ton more experience and wisdom will come by and add their two cents. Good luck to you!!
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Do it James. Its very simple to do. I just built one for my 55g with 150w VHO.

I used this as instructions. Only difference is that my CO2 is going into the venturi input, not in a airstone.

https://www.plantedtank.net/co2reactor.html

3 Soda bottle are producing about 1 bubble per second (DIY bubble counter).

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well ok then..lol, I was going to just run the tubing into the venturi I have on the MJ1200 I have in my over flow box, I do have everything to make the reactor in the link you sent, so if that is best that is what I'll do, thanks
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