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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-06-2019, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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CO2 Inline or In-Tank Diffuser

I am looking to get into CO2 injection and am currently learning. I have 59 gallon tank.

Would you recommend an inline CO2 atomizer diffuser or in-tank? I do have a canister filter. Does it really make much of a difference?

Does the inline diffuser go on the in or out tube of or the canister.

My concerns about inline:
1) more potential places for leaks which would be under the cabinet and not noticeable till its too late
2) The diffuser and its lines getting in the way when cleaning the canister
3) The in tank diffuser is kind of cool to watch. :-)

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They both will do the job. i prefer in-tank ones because it's another visual check that the co2 is going at a somewhat normal rate. Most of the inline ones being atomizers create a misty/sprite look in the tank while the typical ceramic diffuser doesn't usually do this.

The inline would go on the out of the canister.


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They both will do the job. i prefer in-tank ones because it's another visual check that the co2 is going at a somewhat normal rate. Most of the inline ones being atomizers create a misty/sprite look in the tank while the typical ceramic diffuser doesn't usually do this.

The inline would go on the out of the canister.
I thought I would be ok with the atomizers but I had multiple comments that the tank looked cloudy so I am switching bank to an in-tank diffuser. I would agree with the other comment about the reactors being the best I am just not ready to mess with one.
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I thought I would be ok with the atomizers but I had multiple comments that the tank looked cloudy so I am switching bank to an in-tank diffuser. I would agree with the other comment about the reactors being the best I am just not ready to mess with one.
When it comes to getting co2 into a tank there probably isn't a BEST method IMO just preference since they all have been proven to work. You can just browse tanks and see people using every method. The reactors might be more efficient, but efficiency accounts for very little with co2 since it's so inexpensive. ADA even on 6-ft tanks only uses in-tank diffusers so just go with what you prefer.
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