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  1. #1

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    Merry Christmas! - Lab_Rat thank you for the birthday wishes - mommy1 Happy One Year AC Anniversary! - Rue For being understanding, thank you - Cliff (closest I could find to a catfish) Thanks for the nomination! - sheamurai 
    Thank you for the MOTM nomination - mommy1 I think you deserve a random gift. Yes, I think you do. - PhillipOrigami For being a fellow MA native! - Lolita Happy Birthday to you. - jeffs99dime Merry Christmas - Cliff 
    It's a Christmas Bunny, Merry Christmas. - gadget228 I've not seen anyone with an umbrella here. You seem to have an odd collection of gifts...so here's my contribution. :-) - ~firefly~ "genocidex;1139790]stupid question... but would i be able to use lawn clovers in a tank?  lol"  REALLY - Strider199 crayfish! - Brhino thanks for sharing - sheamurai 
    For filling out my school! :) - Flyby Stardancer silly rabbit... - sheamurai They say one of these a day keeps doctors away.... - Trillianne Day Two... - Trillianne Thanks for the frogbit very much :) - Greentoads41 
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    0 Not allowed!
    so heres my set up right now,
    55g with AC 50, and AC 70 filters, jager 300w heater, dual t5ho lights (nova extreme).

    to add into my tank for co2:
    Milwaukee MA957 CO2 Regulator ($101)
    5# co2 tank ($65 off CL)
    modified AC50 from above
    drop checker ($10 off amazon with 4dkh solution)
    co2 swap at airgass ($25)

    i added in the prices of everything because when i was first starting i was always asking for estimates on all the equipment i was going to but and i never found a good answer ever. so far the cost is $201. so you might be wondering how am i diffusing my co2 into the tank? i didnt list any atomizer or diffuser on the list, nor did i list any power heads or other common ways to diffuse the co2.

    i found an article a while back about diffusing the co2 into an AC filter so i modded my filter like so:

    used all these things (look familiar?)
    used items.jpg

    and i used these as a wood diffuser: 1.50 at my local market and i only had to use one XD
    apple sticks.jpg
    i cut the top of one of the sticks to about an inch or 2, and the spike allowed it to fit in the tubing perfectly.

    what you see is 2 sponges and a biomax, one sponge is cut to 2/3s its length to give a pocket for bubbles to collect like this
    filter set up.jpg

    i fed the co2 tubbing threw the hole in the plate in the filter like this:
    prehole.jpg
    but that made priming nearly impossible so after i tested it out, i drilled a 2nd hole just for the co2 tubing leaving the priming hole open.
    drilled hole.jpg
    put everthing back together and the bubbles started to catch at the sponge like i was hoping, this is a good thing because it gives that gas a chance to dissolve.
    KING OF THE GOLD BARBS RAWR!!!!
    I wonder if i plant one of my tiger barbs would the demon seed grow to a full tree?
    gotta love them bunnies!
    I.R.S.: We've got what it takes to take what you've got!

  2. #2

    Join Date
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    Merry Christmas! - Lab_Rat thank you for the birthday wishes - mommy1 Happy One Year AC Anniversary! - Rue For being understanding, thank you - Cliff (closest I could find to a catfish) Thanks for the nomination! - sheamurai 
    Thank you for the MOTM nomination - mommy1 I think you deserve a random gift. Yes, I think you do. - PhillipOrigami For being a fellow MA native! - Lolita Happy Birthday to you. - jeffs99dime Merry Christmas - Cliff 
    It's a Christmas Bunny, Merry Christmas. - gadget228 I've not seen anyone with an umbrella here. You seem to have an odd collection of gifts...so here's my contribution. :-) - ~firefly~ "genocidex;1139790]stupid question... but would i be able to use lawn clovers in a tank?  lol"  REALLY - Strider199 crayfish! - Brhino thanks for sharing - sheamurai 
    For filling out my school! :) - Flyby Stardancer silly rabbit... - sheamurai They say one of these a day keeps doctors away.... - Trillianne Day Two... - Trillianne Thanks for the frogbit very much :) - Greentoads41 
    World Trade Center Victims and Heroes - Fireworks Safety - genocidex 

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    0 Not allowed!
    heres how the bubbles worked inside the filter:
    bubbles.jpg
    and a close up of where the tubing was placed in the filter
    close up.jpg

    it seems to be working good, and i guess for using hob filters, its actually working good. my next posting will be of how im making a flow diverter.
    KING OF THE GOLD BARBS RAWR!!!!
    I wonder if i plant one of my tiger barbs would the demon seed grow to a full tree?
    gotta love them bunnies!
    I.R.S.: We've got what it takes to take what you've got!

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    0 Not allowed!
    Hi. Tinkering is indeed fun in this hobby.

    I first started my tank in Feb 2013. All I was looking for was a trouble free way to diffuse co2 with a hob.
    1- tried an intank powerhead and diffused directly into the impeller. Made my water look like 7-up, took up in tank space
    2- tried intank diffusers- ceramic, bamboo stick, etc. too much maintanence, clogging issues, inconsistant
    3- done your prescribed method, diffuser will clog, was not getting enough co2 in tank

    My method works for me. Is it the best? No, but I've been running it for 8 months now and no maintanance. No clogging and very consistant.

    My tinkering days are done on my tank, but it was fun. All I do is maintanance. Kind of gets boring now....gl

    IMG_4936.jpg

    I am using a DIY co2 consisting of 2l of water, 2 cup sugar, 1tsp yeast and regulated with a mouse solenoid. Solution is changed every week.


    IMG_4935.jpg

    Hole in hob inlet allows for the stainless needle to be inserted


    IMG_4943.jpg

    Stainless needle is pinched to counteract the suction from the intake tube.


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