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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-20-2005, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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CO2 question

Good morning,

I have a 10 gallon planted aquarium in my office. I just cleaned it after having a huge outbreak of hair algae, and after cleaning as much as I could, I've gotten on the web in search of some CO2 alternatives for my office. I don't want to do the DIY because I'm a little nervous about it, and I don't want to come to work one morning and find a water/yeast disaster in my office.

So at Petsmart I've found a product called the "Hagen Plant Grow Natural System with CO2", and I've read a little about it, and it doesn't seem like a bad little system for my little 10 gallon tank here.

I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with this product, and what you thought of it?

Hagen CO2 system

Oops, forgot the setup:

10 gallon planted tank:
3 mickey mouse platys
5 white clouds
2 pakistani loaches

water sprite
red wendth
a few dwarf swords
couple small grasses
a reddish/green anacharis type stem plant, but it's not anacharis, forgot the name.

Thanks for your advice
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-20-2005, 04:33 PM
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You will just as much trouble with that as if you are going with diy. I think diy will last better in the long run, but its up to you.

I have a friend who owns his own hagen system and he says it works fine.

Good luck.
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On a ten gal tank, using Excel is also a very viable option. Have you considered that?

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Hagen CO2 system

Yep, the system from Hagen is pretty much a glorified version of DIY CO2. I also have a freind that uses his own mixture of sugar/yeast/bakingsoda with the Hagen reactor/diffuser and he is very happy with it (that's a 29gallon tank, too!!) If you take this route I would expect alot of CO2!

I would agree with Bert in that if it is not cost prohibitive, Excel would probably be a less-hassle way to go (at least you won't worry about changing a fermenting mixture every couple weeks).
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Well, maybe I should find a thread or two that has the directions for the DIY CO2 setup and put another one together at home and see how it'll work.

I set one up on one of my home 10 gallon tanks, and didn't really see any production from it, so I figured I did something wrong.

I would be worried about the diffuser as well, what I would need to setup a workable diffuser in this tank here at the office.

I'll do some searching, unless someone has a thread or two that has the steps lined out on the tip of their fingers.

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