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High tech or low(ish) tech?

I'm starting to set up my 40B. When I set up my 75G the CO2 system came with the ability to add a second aquarium. I am trying to decide how high tech I want to go with the 40B. The 75G is running an American Marine controller, CarbonDoser regulator, EXT5000 external reactor. I could duplicate that, but I would prefer not to drop $500-$600 on them. I'm thinking that I could run a simple bubble counter into an inexpensive inline diffuser, but I like the convenience of the controller keeping the CO2 and PH relatively stable. Am I missing something? Like the 75 It will be planted with easy to grow plants. I currently have a Nicrew dual-channel light. I may use something different as the Nicrew doesn't work with a ramping timer, which I like. Suggestions on the light appreciated too. Thoughts? opinions?

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I just wrestled with this as well in my 40 breeder and 75. I run a pH controller on tjeb75 and wanted to add CO2 to the 40. I decided to try to dial things in as close as I could where my flow meters ran as a good rate, where the 75 would not bottom out and shut off the CO2 supply.

Things worked out well after dialing it in. Ultimately I decided to pause the CO2 on my 40 for now though, seeing as I am in NY and we have been shelter in place for two months, and I am quite unsure of my CO2 supply. Once I can get another ta k and a refill I may fire it up again though.

Overall completely doable- just take some time to dial in!



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