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how well will this work?

I'm slowly working on a low budget 55g planted tank and I'm using the stuff that Iv'e had for years.
501 powerhead
some old airline
and an old mainfold
every Co2 bubble gets sucked into the powerhead chopped up and spit out in tiny bubble form.

just waiting on $$$ for subsrate.
but my question was will this work for Co2 defusing
oh and my drop checker is on the way
thanks for any advice.


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You can use the vortex reactors available on ebay for around $10 with the powerhead to get even better diffusion. No noise from the bubbles hitting the impeller either.


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I put my c02 to one of my tanks through a power head and it works great. I added a piece of hose about 6 inches long to the out put side of the power head and it helps give more time to the diffusion.
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thanks for the input.

got my drop checker looks like I need to add a 3rd 2L bottle. Co2 level is still a little dark green. but good news one of my plants has started to grow new leaves.
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When I used diy c02, I always ran three 2 liter bottles and would change one out every week. This helped to maintain a more constant c02 level. If I didn't do this, I would get spikes when I changed out all the bottles and then it would level off low. Changing one every week stopped this. Also I would have all three bottles setting in a box or bucket with water and a heater to keep the water temp stable. Also I ran all co2 through another bottle as a bubble counter. This prevented co2 from entering the tank if things went wrong.
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