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Question [HAGEN] Nutrafin C02 System ??

Has anyone used this system b4? [HAGEN] Nutrafin C02 System

I just bought one, my DIY 2-liter bottle has always been so inconsistent, so I thought this might be just a little bit better (just postponing the inevitable - Pressurized Co2) I followed the directions to a T and after 24 hours I do not c anything happening. What I mean is that a couple hours after I made my Yeast and Sugar mixture I seen Co2 being injected into my tank. I C Nothing with this system.

Old Co2 System:
Rio90 w/ Siphon Diffuser
1 2-Liter Bottle and a Check valve


New System Nutrafin C02 System:




and for the bonus ?? of the day, What causes these hole in the leaves in my plants?


Thank for any help you can give me.

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Check to make sure your activator packets (yeast) have not expired. You are better off making your own mix IMO. I used one of these on a 2.5g system and it worked well your tank looks much bigger from the pic so that system might not be enough, plus it holds less than your 2L DIY.
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Check to make sure your activator packets (yeast) have not expired. You are better off making your own mix IMO. I used one of these on a 2.5g system and it worked well your tank looks much bigger from the pic so that system might not be enough, plus it holds less than your 2L DIY.

It's a 20 Gallon. I understand it holds less, but they say it's good for 1 month? Is that just advertising BS? What does the Stabilizer do?

My 2L only lasted about 1 maybe 1½ weeks, is that not the norm? If I use my own mix and a stabilizer will it last longer?

Sorry for all the ??'s, I'm just a little confused.

Thanks for taking the time to help.

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BTW, Date on the pkg "DEL 03 2006", box says best used within 18 months of date. Think that might be to long??
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and for the bonus ?? of the day, What causes these hole in the leaves in my plants?

Thank for any help you can give me.

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A potassium deficiency usually causes pinholes. http://www.csd.net/~cgadd/aqua/art_plant_nutrient.htm

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What var er fish do you have in there besides the tetras and the rams?

My angels like hygrophilla salad. That's kinda what yours looks like at the moment.

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What var er fish do you have in there besides the tetras and the rams?

My angels like hygrophilla salad. That's kinda what yours looks like at the moment.
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I thought I read somewhere that that was a Potassium Deficiency, but I couldn't remember and wanted some confirmation. I looked at the LFS for some kind of potassium I could add to the water, but couldn't find anything. How would I increase the potassium in the tank or fix this problem?
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The Hagen system is a bit weird, I got one a few days ago. The bubbles weren't coming out after two days, so I put another 1/5 cup of sugar into the canister and added another pack of Activator/Stabilizer. Bubbles are coming out nicely, but yea... you'll need more packets.

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It's a 20 Gallon. I understand it holds less, but they say it's good for 1 month? Is that just advertising BS? What does the Stabilizer do?

My 2L only lasted about 1 maybe 1½ weeks, is that not the norm? If I use my own mix and a stabilizer will it last longer?

Sorry for all the ??'s, I'm just a little confused.

Thanks for taking the time to help.

D.Giotto

BTW, Date on the pkg "DEL 03 2006", box says best used within 18 months of date. Think that might be to long??
Forget the DEL. The first two digits are the month, last four are the year. Mine said 10 2005 and it works, ... just double up on packets.

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Forget the DEL. The first two digits are the month, last four are the year. Mine said 10 2005 and it works, ... just double up on packets.
I'll give it a shot. I've got about 5 bubbles on the ladder. Just doesn't seem right. If that doesn't work I'm going to use my own mix.

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use ur own mix its the best

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to be honest, I just got one a few weeks ago and ran into the same problem...

don't tell anyone but i shook the hell out of the thing in frustration and was about to give it a first class flight accross my front yard when all of a sudden it started bubbling. Give it a shake....see what happens.


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use ur own mix its the best
That's what I'm thinkin', but I have 3 pkgs might as well use it
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yea a shake would get the mixture going, but the sludge can get into ur ladder and turn it all like crap

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yea a shake would get the mixture going, but the sludge can get into ur ladder and turn it all like crap
you should always have a gas separator to avoid that on a DIY co2 system. but either way...a little sludge never hurt anyone...


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Can anyone tell me, or show me, what a correct functioning ladder would look like. For instance, should all the shelves be full, small bubbles, big bubbles, steady stream, etc.............

I would just like to know what I should be expecting from this unit.


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