Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Blaine, Minnesota
DIY is a good way to "stick your toe into the pool"... just to see if a planted aquarium is something you're interested in. If this is just a passing interest, the only thing you're out is a couple bucks for a 2L bottle, sugar, some fittings, and a packet of bakers yeast.
It's also dramatically more difficult to gas the aquarium to death with DIY. It can be done, but very unlikely.
But yes, DIY is a huge PITA and I only ran that setup for a couple months. For me, I found that pouring off about 50% of the liquid, once a week and replacing it with fresh water & sugar would keep things humming along. I quickly moved onto a 20-pounder and a re-purposed welding reg.
Last edited by proaudio55; 08-06-2012 at 03:48 AM.