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Average DIY CO2 Cost? Should I go CO2?

So I just recently put some plants into my 10g tank and I'm thinking of buying another 4 or 5 plants and throwing them in there, especially so I can get rid of my silk plants. I just purchased pretty much the whole flourish line. Just have basic sand, but am looking to mainly get fast growing weeds, so I don't think I need to spend $20 on some flourite? I have 20w of light, but my reflectors are horrible so I'm going to go to home depot and get some aluminum and polish it. I figure that will be enough light?

I want to go DIY CO2 (can you use small bottles instead of 1L or 2L bottles?). I'm just afraid the cost is going to shoot up. I know the CO2 itself is cheap, but I'll need tests, a diffuser, regulator, and other stuff?

Will CO2 make my java moss, ferns, and hygros grow a lot faster or is it just a little more? Currrently dosing with Excel every day.
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I suggest using DIY CO2. Seriously take no effort. All you need is the bottle you want to use, tubing, and chopstick. No work at all. Chopstick is for the diffuser. IMHO I think a normal Apple Juice container would work fine for a 10 gallon.
It really does make a difference in plant growth too.


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the most problem I have is with sealing and making airtight. after that itll be making the right combination of yeast and sugar. I wasted a bag of sugar with trial and error. pissed off my girlfriend that way.

It takes a lot of work and I will be upgrading to a more automated and concise co2 system very soon.
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What's the chopstick for?


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What's the chopstick for?

I do the same thing as mizu. basically stick a chopstick at the end of the tube, and it turns the co2 into tiny little bubbles with lots of gas/liquid contact time.
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I originally didn't want to go this route lol. When I first started the tank I only wanted a few puffers. Then ottos. Then new bulbs. Then to grow brine shrimp for puffers (now its for clownfish). Then grow snails for puffers in spare tank. Change from blue rock substrate to black sand. Then I wanted just a few plants with excel. 1 week later I want more plants, better lighting, fertilizer, and CO2..... HELP!

I guess I'll get started on CO2 tomorrow then.
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heh just take it slow. you have plenty of time
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I originally didn't want to go this route lol. When I first started the tank I only wanted a few puffers. Then ottos. Then new bulbs. Then to grow brine shrimp for puffers (now its for clownfish). Then grow snails for puffers in spare tank. Change from blue rock substrate to black sand. Then I wanted just a few plants with excel. 1 week later I want more plants, better lighting, fertilizer, and CO2..... HELP!

I guess I'll get started on CO2 tomorrow then.
HAHA. That sounds like me. I started a 30g six months ago so I could get kuhli loaches. I love 'em and have for a while. The 30g was my first tank and in six months have it fully stocked and planted out and no kuhlis (first it was because the stock at the LFS was always sickly when it came, and bought out by next trip; now it's because I will probably move my red cherries into that tank and I don't want them to be a tasty feast). And though I intended to only have that tank with kuhlis, now I have that tank w/ no kuhlis and two shrimp tanks.

Now I'm thinking about planting out the shrimp tanks, DIY CO2 for the big tank, and secretly wishing I could start a puffer tank Quite a long way to come from "oh I just want a tank w/ some kuhliis" in 6 mos. Good luck w/ the tank addiction!
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For those with problems getting an Airtight seal Check out this site, this is how i redid mine NOT A SINGLE LEAK and is working great now!

http://diyyeastco2.blogspot.com/
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... I just purchased pretty much the whole flourish line. ...
Could you use a Seachem Dosing Calculator in Microsoft Office 2003?

I wrote one and here is the link to it: http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...tor-chart.html

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Cool thanks guys! I actually saw that calculator posted somewhere before, but didn't remember which forum. Think I'm going to HD today and grabbing some cheap aluminum and going to polish it for a better reflector and try to find some screw in cfls in 6500k.
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