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Diffuser Recommendations, Please

Hi, need help choosing a diffuser for my 12 gallon Fluval Edge. I have a GLA Gro pressurized Co2 system which I am going to hook up a 2nd block manifold to get Co2 to this 2nd set up. Iím considering either the GLA Atomic Diffuser or the Dooa brand. Any thoughts or experiences you can share with either of these?

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Hi, need help choosing a diffuser for my 12 gallon Fluval Edge. I have a GLA Gro pressurized Co2 system which I am going to hook up a 2nd block manifold to get Co2 to this 2nd set up. Iím considering either the GLA Atomic Diffuser or the Dooa brand. Any thoughts or experiences you can share with either of these?



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I would go with the Gla Atomic diffuser. Makes a huge cloud of mist which is very good for the plants. If u used a canister filter I'll go with Up Aqua inline co2 diffuser or GLA inline co2 diffuser (both the same but with reskins)


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Hi, need help choosing a diffuser for my 12 gallon Fluval Edge. I have a GLA Gro pressurized Co2 system which I am going to hook up a 2nd block manifold to get Co2 to this 2nd set up. Iím considering either the GLA Atomic Diffuser or the Dooa brand. Any thoughts or experiences you can share with either of these?

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any $10-20 glass diffuser on amazon.com will work great.

atomizer will give the finest bubbles (requires higher psi)

they have stainless steel style with atomizer if you are interested
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I would go with the Gla Atomic diffuser. Makes a huge cloud of mist which is very good for the plants. If u used a canister filter I'll go with Up Aqua inline co2 diffuser or GLA inline co2 diffuser (both the same but with reskins)


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Thanks. I do have the Up Aqua Inline on order for my bigger system, but this 12 gallon Edge has a HOB. I appreciate the input :0)
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not sure it is "universal" or random but "my" glass based made noise in the 55gal. you know sort of a hissing..
Curious as to if anyone else/kinds do this...

Other one I use is a Fluval disc.. No noise.

https://www.amazon.com/Fluval-Cerami.../dp/B004GCO35G

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any $10-20 glass diffuser on amazon.com will work great.

atomizer will give the finest bubbles (requires higher psi)

they have stainless steel style with atomizer if you are interested
Is it possible to post a link or PM me with one? I haven't learned anything about he stainless steel w/atomizer & I like to explore all avenues before purchasing.

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I would stay away from expensive glass diffusers. Glass breaks and its not that uncommon to break the thin stem or to simply drop one. Also stay away from that fluval one. they clog up all the time and are hard to get going after a while (you could read the reviews in that link)

Best bet is to buy a 3 pack of inexpensive glass ones so if they break or you need to clean one you have a fresh one ready to go. The cheap one's work fine and I've used them for years and they don't hiss.
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not sure it is "universal" or random but "my" glass based made noise in the 55gal. you know sort of a hissing..
Curious as to if anyone else/kinds do this...

Other one I use is a Fluval disc.. No noise.

https://www.amazon.com/Fluval-Cerami.../dp/B004GCO35G

no real judgement on which is "best"...
My Doaqua glass on my mini-m makes a hissing noise.

And to the OP stay away from Atomizers if you can't push the co2 at 40psi minimum.
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It may well be overkill or unsuitable in other ways for you, but in my experience I tried a few different atomizers and diffusers -- and I wasn't happy until I bit the bullet and built a rex-grigg style reactor. It was less expensive than any of the crappy atomizers I got, and it just works. It's not pretty though, that's for sure.
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What would OP do with a reactor on a 12g fluval edge? People use in-tank diffusers and atomizers on 6 foot tanks with incredible results. It's a proven system that works. Reactor is another way to go, but usually only worth it on a larger canister-based setup and even then it is not better its simply preference of one vs the other.
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What would OP do with a reactor on a 12g fluval edge? People use in-tank diffusers and atomizers on 6 foot tanks with incredible results. It's a proven system that works. Reactor is another way to go, but usually only worth it on a larger canister-based setup and even then it is not better its simply preference of one vs the other.


Yep. Look at all the ADA tanks, all in tank co2 diffusers.


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Also I do think the OP can push the co2 with the GLA regulator.


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for the people that say inline needs 30+psi, mine works fine at 20 from gla..idk y but idm :]

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One benefit of in tank diffusers: you can tell at a glance if co2 is indeed getting into the tank.
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One benefit of in tank diffusers: you can tell at a glance if co2 is indeed getting into the tank.
I've always liked the visual check as well. Some also have integrated bubble counters or you can simply see the bubbles through the glass stem.
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