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Help with CO2 Setup!

I set up this tank about a month ago and have been running DIY CO2 and dosing excel. I'm pretty sure this is too big of a tank for CO2 though so I was wondering what I should upgrade to. I'm considering a paintball CO2 setup but thought I'd ask first. For plants I have some sort of ludwig, pennywort and water sprite. The light is a Finnex Ray2. Thanks!
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I set up this tank about a month ago and have been running DIY CO2 and dosing excel. I'm pretty sure this is too big of a tank for CO2 though so I was wondering what I should upgrade to. I'm considering a paintball CO2 setup but thought I'd ask first. For plants I have some sort of ludwig, pennywort and water sprite. The light is a Finnex Ray2. Thanks!
Nice, that tank will fill in nicely....with a foreground plant you would be all set. I have done the paintball method myself, I had 3 tanks going on 3 separate cylinders. Worked great for me, and a huge improvement over my DIY CO2 with yeast and sugar. I am stepping things up for my 90 with a full on CO2 regulator and stuff. How big is the tank?

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Thanks, It's just a 29gallon so i don't think I can justify a full size CO2 system. Plus I'm limited on space. I would put a paintball system behind the tank with my ehiem 2211 but a full size system would probably be too big.
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I think the paintball CO2 is a good way to "step" things up. You will notice a huge difference, my plants loved it and they grew like crazy. Ill be interested to see what pictures look ike in a few months.....is that water sprite in the back corner and middle? If so, that will take off and grow like crazy!
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Ill be interested to see what pictures look ike in a few months.....is that water sprite in the back corner and middle? If so, that will take off and grow like crazy!
You and me both. Yes it is. Its all cut offs from another tank of fine. It grows at a crazy rate for sure. I might have to rearrange things eventually. Is there a setup you recommend for the paintball co2 system? I'm having a hard time finding the parts I need.
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I've done DIY on a 29 before. What I used were two "Simply Orange" bottles that I offset by a few days so that when one ran out, the other was still pumping. They both teed off into the same bubbler so that I didn't have to duplicate everything.

It was plenty, assuming I kept up with the maintenance.

However, I was constantly tempted by a paintball setup, because it looked so much easier to maintain!
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I bit the bullet and went with a paintball system. Should have all the parts tomorrow!! Now I need to find a good drop checker
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So I have my Aquatek regulator all setup and it's currently running at 1bps. Now i don't have a drop checker yet so I was wondering what I should set it to? I have a ceramic disk diffuser with decent circulation through my Ehiem 2211. I have a decent amount of surface agitation but no bubbles are created, it simple moves very quickly if that makes any sense. What do y'all think?
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So I have my Aquatek regulator all setup and it's currently running at 1bps. Now i don't have a drop checker yet so I was wondering what I should set it to? I have a ceramic disk diffuser with decent circulation through my Ehiem 2211. I have a decent amount of surface agitation but no bubbles are created, it simple moves very quickly if that makes any sense. What do y'all think?
The amount of surface agitation you have sounds fine.

For your CO2 rate, you can try to slowly increase your CO2 level, while constantly watching your livestock. As soon as you see signs of stress, you should back off.

This is how it was done before drop checkers.

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