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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-02-2013, 01:36 AM Thread Starter
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Questions and help setting up co2

What's up guy's. Recently my 40 gallon planted tank with a 48 inch fugeray (took it off my 55 gallon) has been experiencing a little bit of algae and minimal plant growth. I think it's time for co2 as I already have pps ferts which I have yet to use. My question is will the fugeray provide enough light if I run co2? And if it will is anyone willing to point me in the right direction for a setup or link me to some good quality equipment. My budget is around $250. Thanks!
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Plant growth is limited by Co2 and Nutrients. Lights tell the plants how much to take in.
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To put it slightly differently: the amount of light (energy) drives the rate of growth. Plants need specific amounts of nutrients (co2 and fertilizers) to sustain that rate of growth.

Your co2 budget should cover a mid-level system. My advise is to go for quality, something that will serve you well for years and something that will retain its resale value.

There are currently several co2 systems for sale in the WTS part of the TPT forum, including mine.

The basic building components are:
- Regulator
- Solenoid
- Needle Valve
- diffuser/atomizer/reactor
- CO2 tank
- miscellaneous connectors and hose

The quality and the cost of these components is what drives your final cost.

Buy vs build is mostly a time factor: getting all of the individual components does take time. If you decide to buy, you have a working system in several days.

If you build your own, it might take a month or more but then you will acquire a skill and knowledge that will serve you well in the future.

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Oh boy! You have a lot to learn.. Lol

To get you started here it's my reg build so you can get an idea of everything.

You might want to save up maybe another hundred bucks or so.. I would suggest if you can get 350 saved you should be able to buy a great quality unit someone else already did the leg work on.

Also check out MattF awesome post on how to build your own. Everything is there!

But you can find regs at pretty good prices on ebay and use cheap connections from local hardware store on the post body with a nice needle valve and Burkert Solenoid for under 350 I suppose... but going cheap for me wasn't an option, I want mine to last a longtime.
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