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  1. Default Help with Co2 please


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    I want to put together a Co2 system for my 55 gallon tank. I am wanting to do a pressurized Co2 system that I am able to turn on and off with the aquarium lighting.

    1. Is there a good kit that contains everything I need that isn't too expensive yet made of good quality components?

    2. If I decided to buy the parts individually and put together my own system. What exactly do I need? best brands/model/type links appreciated. Specifically I get credits to spend on grainger.com for items from time to time can i get anything from that website that would work? I just don't know enough to sort out exactly what to buy on my own.

    My goal is to have a Co2 system for my tank that works well and doesn't cost more then $150-$200. Would love to stay under $100.

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    I personally have never seen a kit-unless you buy from someone who buys everythinge seperate and puts it all in a box for you. lol

    a good co2 seems to run at about 200bucks. I was doing research for a potential set up and the quality comes at a price.
    a milwaukee regulator with built in bubble counter seems to be the ideal one, but it is also 90+bucks.

    then you have a 5-10+ gallon CO2 tank. and pending your state/country laws you may have to buy local and get it registered and do other stuff.
    5gallon's start at around 50-60 and it goes up from there.
    the tank size is all about the space that you have for it. smaller tanks=easier to fit in an area but cost more in refilling so frequently.

    lastly, you'll need a good diffuser and quality tubing. the airline tubing cost maybe 10buckss, but the diffuser is personal choice-some are nice to look at, others get the job done and it depends how you want the co2 to get in the tank. but you need a good diffuser to allow the co2 to disolve in the water for the plants to take up.


    but more importantly. is your lighting/nutrient up to par to handle co2? aquatic planting is considered to be a balanced equilateral triangle for lights, co2, nutrients on the corners. when you add/increase one, you need to alter the others for keep it balance. or else that is how you get algae.


    hope that helped.

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    Thanks for the info. Lighting and nutrients shouldn't be a problem. We should have plenty of lighting. I have 2 54w T5HO lights on the tank mounted 4 inches from the top in a Nova Extreme T5 SLR fixture. Nutrients we currently use seachem flourish tabs in the tank every 2-3 months and dose once a week with Flourish. Plus we get some potassium from a buffer we use for our KH (we have well water so we have to add a buffer for our KH and GH to stabilize our PH). Nutrients we can adjust as needed.

    I just figure if we are going to go the Co2 route then we want to do it right but we also can't afford to pay $400 for a system.

    As for kits Drsfostersmith.com has a few and Aquariumplants.com has some also. They tend to be expensive and I am not sure if they are worth the cost.

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    Redsea makes a kit that is perfect for your needs. The cost also fits within your budget. I use it on my 90g with great results. I have the one that uses the paintball CO2 tanks(sold seprately) and each tank lasts a couple months. It is easy to find places that refill them, basically any sporting goods store that sells paintball equipment (not the big box stores).

    Liters to Gallons conversion calculator

    "Keeping fish for any period of time doesn't make you experienced if you're doing it wrong. What does, is acknowledging those mistakes and learning from them." ~Aeonflame
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    your argument is invalid." ~Mommy1


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    Quote Originally Posted by KingFisher
    Redsea makes a kit that is perfect for your needs. The cost also fits within your budget. I use it on my 90g with great results. I have the one that uses the paintball CO2 tanks(sold seprately) and each tank lasts a couple months. It is easy to find places that refill them, basically any sporting goods store that sells paintball equipment (not the big box stores).
    Can you link to the kit you use? You have me interested in looking it up.

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    http://www.marinedepot.com/Red_Sea_C...FICORE-vi.html

    They also have a deluxe version with a solenoid that automatically turns it on and off.

    Liters to Gallons conversion calculator

    "Keeping fish for any period of time doesn't make you experienced if you're doing it wrong. What does, is acknowledging those mistakes and learning from them." ~Aeonflame
    "
    your argument is invalid." ~Mommy1


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