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can i go DIY CO2 with 130 watts on 29 gal.?

is it possible to go with a 130 watt light system 6700 and 10000k @65 watts each with a DIY or red sea bio or hagen yeast and sugar Co2 system.

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I have 130W 6700K on my 31G with DIY CO2. Yes, it is possible, but it really depends what plants you have.

FYI, I am using 4 2L bottle with a glass diffuser.
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I would not.You would be asking for algae and a moss of crap
But Trfjason is different he got 4 2l bottle hooked up.
Which is alot. compare to a Hagen or a red sea.
Go pressurized.

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I wouldn't.. I had that setup till last week..I got sick of the algae....


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Very possible, CO2 is CO2, DIY is just a bit more work to keep the levels up.

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I would not.You would be asking for algae and a moss of crap
Yeah. A moss of crap.


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I use the red sea DIYish kit for co2 on my 29g with 130w lights, as long as you recharge it consistantly its really not that hard to keep algea under controll. I change it once a week. The red sea diffuser works great, i get a constant mist of tiny bubbles.

I keep my lights on for around 11 hours total and have a 4 hour period of 130w in the middle, so far ive been able to keep every plant i try growing fast and healthy.

DIY is definitely more trouble then pressurized but it can be done.


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It's possible but there should be no guesswork regarding Co2 levels or your ability to maintain it. This applies to ferts as well, my suggestion is not to try it but if you like a challenge then go for it!

I have 65watts x 2 over a 20 tall with no algae and 1 2L DIY Co2. If you search around you might find some pics of some of the plants I maintain in this tank.


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I do diy on my 75 gallon, and It works great, for all the people who say it doesnt work, results dont lie
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I do diy on my 75 gallon, and It works great, for all the people who say it doesnt work, results dont lie
We didnt say it wouldn't work. We just say its not recommended. To run such high light with DIY

How much watts are you running on your 75gallon?


Type of plants also play a big role too..

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Ya That would be lots of upkeep I would go pressurized like mentioned above.
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