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I have a question. Has anybody heard of the Turbo CO2 Bio-System?

It's this:
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...m?pcatid=14711

This requires a refill after about a month's worth of CO2. Since it's pretty expensive to keep buying refills, when it comes to that and shipping, do you think I could put the tubing from the CO2 Bio-System into a 2 litter bottle yeast and sugar system? Also, would the CO2 that is generated from the 2L bottle be enough for the Bio-System?

I want to save money by keeping the system's tubing and diffuser and just continue making my own CO2. Anyone think that that would work?

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I have the bio system. I haven't used it in a while, it's been replaced by a diffuser

Yes you can hook up the tubing to a 2 liter bottle.

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I have it, and I'm not really a fan of it. I don't likethe diffuser really. It clogs quickly I find, causeit sucks water in like a power-head, but doesnt actually filter or anything. The re-fills are a scam. I bought one once and opened it and discovered it was (NO JOKE!) a container full of sugar, with a small packet of yeast. A cheaper, and much more efficient way for DIY would be to get a 2L bottle and do DIY Co2 that way (look on here, or on google for meathods) and get a Hagen Elite Mini filter. It filters (duh!), and it acts a wonderful little- and inconspicuous- diffuser.


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i had it once....lasted about a month...then.....i realised was wasting time and money. and its easy to kill your fish with it.....so.....your best off geting a pressuised co2 tank, which will last you (depening on the size) (5lb tank) at most 8 months before you need to get it refilled. and its only about 15 dollars
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As has been mentioned, the "Bio CO2" is simply yeast and sugar. You can easily replicate this with 2 cups sugar, 1/2 teaspoon yeast and enough water to fill a 2L pop bottle 3/4 full.

Alternatively, you could always go with pressurized CO2.

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I would think that the little bottle would be superior to a diy 2 liter. You could make your own refills. If people are saying the diffuser sucks then, I don't know if the little bottle alone would be worth the money.


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As mentioned all this system is is a fancy DIY system with a small powerhead. You can get longer lasting CO2 production with a 2ltr pop bottle and a rio 50 powerhead for a fraction of the cost.

That being said, if you can find yourself a nice used pressurized system you can save even more more of the course of time.

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Thank you guys all for your responses! It helped me a lot and will save me a ton of money.

For a pressurized CO2 system, how much do they generally cost?
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For a pressurized CO2 system, how much do they generally cost?
About $150 or so. This would give you the solenoid, regulator, needle valve and CO2 tank (of course, this assumes you shop for each part individually, and wait for the best bargains).

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