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I know it's not always ideal, but if you put co2 on this the grass and moss will go stupid. Fluval makes a nano co2 kit that's super easy and relatively inexpensive. [link]
If that's the right one you are mentioning then I don't think it'll work. I have a 36 gallon tank and the reviews are complaining about it not fitting on the rim of their tank (my rim is fairly large). I might go to my LPS and ask them or the hydroponics place. Honestly, I'm just worried I'll kill my fish buddies lol.
here’s the product I’m out to dinner but I’ll PM you later a picture if you’d like, it’s a pretty small footprint out side of the tank, the included diffuser is a tad large for my 5 gal but I don’t think it detracts too much.
What type of DIY system do you have? I have a citric acid/ baking soda setup and it has enough pressure to go through the diffuser.
You could use something like the low end fluval co2 systems.
I have no complaints with mine! It's a small fluval co2 diffuser, I do take it out probably once a month to wipe it down but I haven't had any problems with it getting dirty. Here's the link to it on amazon:
Fluval Mini Pressurized 20g-CO2 Kit - 0.7 ounces [link]
It's about 25 clams on amazon. I added the ceramic diffuser for another 5.
Fluval charges quite a bit for the cartridges, but it takes a standard small co2 cartridge. They can be had for about a dollar a piece from other sellers on amazon.
I'm running a finnex stingray with a Fluval mini co2 kit, with the add on bubble counter and ceramic diffuser (both very cheap) to replace the plastic reaction chamber that came with it(it's ugly and takes up room). This is on a Fluval spec 5gal tank. Everything is growing like crazy.
I have a pleco, and he does wonders. I already use rodi water. Currently I use this [link] but with a normal diffuser.. Looking to switch to an automatic gla regulated 5lb tank. How is gla's ferts different from flourish?
Thanks, I'll do a bit more research on CO2 before I pull the trigger. I'll probably end up buying this since it's pretty cheap and seems good for a beginner.
It seems like replacing the co2 cannisters would get really expensive though. I'll probably try DIY for a little while but could see myself breaking down and getting a legit kit. Any suggestions? I saw this cheap fluval one but the replacement canisters get expensive.
Agree with everybody else, dwarf baby tears are NOT for beginners, and especially not for tanks without co2 injection. I had them and about 75% of them basically melted. I'd say they are best for people with high tech tanks who know what they're doing. Even after I began adding co2 to the tank what's left of them still aren't doing so well.
I am having decent luck with dwarf four leaf clover and s. repens. I'd love to do an entire carpet of the clover. I do have co2 in my tank now, so I'm not sure how they'd do without it. I have this co2 kit. Most people here will tell you to stay away from this setup with the tiny co2 cartridges because it ultimately costs more, but I've found it to be a decent alternative to spending a lot up front on a full system. It's something to look into if you don't want to spend a lot up front.
For mid-ground plants I really just have micro sword, chain sword, and anubias. The chain sword grows really fast, it's actually one of my favorite plants in the tank because you can almost watch it grow. Micro sword is a bit more demanding and may need co2, stay away from that for now. Anubias are very hardy and always a good buy, but they grow very slowly.
I tried DIY CO2 and failed miserably. Everything leaked and I couldn't get it to stay sealed. I ended up purchasing this mini fluval kit and it's working quite well for me. Most people will say these little throwaway co2 cartridges are a waste of money, and maybe they are, but it seems to be an effective way to get started with co2 without the mess of DIY and the expense of a bigger system.
There's the one I bought. 25 bucks. Apparently though, the CO2 canisters don't last that long and it's cheaper in the long run to buy a more expensive kit. There's also DIY kits. Wish I'd done more research before buying. BUT I can tell you that I'm fine with this one. After adding a check valve it gets the job done, which is all I need.
I dont know a lot about it, but fluval makes this
you could also just try a diy C02 system, or excel. Ive got 2 tanks with baby tears carpets (they were both dry started to actually fill it out) that are doing fine on just excel.
I do think light was a contributing factor, and I'm trying to get that under control. Especially now that my light broke, the light has decreased dramitically.
I have a CO2 injector, but it's not hooked up to this tank as I was told it wasn't doing much anyways. This is the system I have. Would that work or do you still suggest Seachem?
What's a hydrogen peroxide cycle? I've never heard of that...
Would this be a good setup?
Do I need to purchase anything else to go with it?
This is my first aquarium and I just want it to look nice
I may have the fluval version sitting around. If you would pay shipping I don't mind sending it.
Fluval Mini Pressurized 20g-CO2 Kit - 0.7 ounces [link]
They're these ludwegia-triple-red, doesn't seem to take much to keep them red and healthy. I have this little passive CO2 kit that doesn't add much CO2 but I think it helps some, "growth juice" ferts, and Shrimp King substrate.
Seems overkill for a 5 gallon - unless you plan on upgrading tanks later on. Fluval sells a mini co2 kit.
Out of curiosity, is it worth using this as a stop gap until I can get the full system? [link]
That should work fine, I know the fluval co2 kit does more or less the same thing and it works pretty well when used correctly.
https://www.amazon.com/Fluval-Mini-Pressurized-20g-CO2-Kit/dp/B0049RL3H4 . Do you mean this kit?. also what adapter do you use?
you can buy Fluval Mini Pressurized CO2. Now, I know, before any of you jump me for recommending this expensive product and frankly not entirely efficient, hear me out.
don't buy the CO2 refills, instead get this . I'm lazy and just linked the first one I saw, but you do some searching, you can get packs of 20 GENERIC cartridge for around 20-25 dollars. yes, this none branded ones You'll be spending roughly 50-80 dollars a year, depending on the volume of the tank and how hard the CO2 has to work, typically one cartridge last about 3 weeks to one month, which again, depending on your tank.
If this is too expensive then you can get the 20 OZ paintball co2 tank $35 and an adapter with a reactor, initial invest will exceed $100, however, this price is offset cause you'll only need to refill at your local sporting goods store every 2-3 months, and it cost less than $5 each time.
It’s the tiny little cheap Fluval system that uses disposable CO2 canisters. The refills they sell are a huge ripoff but you can use cycling pump refill cartridges and the threads are perfect. If bought in bulk, only 1 - 2.50$ per refill, lasts ~2 weeks.
What about something like this? I could always just get the small ceramic diffuser instead of the big plastic one.
I got this kit for my 15 galon tank. Works great and super easy.
I just bought a c02 system. Is this one good enough for my 10 gallon aquarium. [link]
I just bought this CO2 system. Is it worth it? I have a 10 gallon aquarium. [link]
Have you considered a mini canister system?
Sure! I started with this kit. Then, I added this bubble counter as well as this diffuser. And of course, don't forget to get extra air line!!
It's definitely overwhelming, and I feel that as the hobby has grown, a lot of cheap, sub-par products have moved into the market.
For DIY, this article provides a lot of useful information about the traditional yeast+sugar setup that most people use. There are also citric acid and baking soda reactions, and at least one Chinese company sells a myriad of products to ease the setup of said reactions (priced around $10-$30--search for DIY CO2 on Amazon).
As far as pressurized setups, a professional one is going to cost at least $200, probably more. This post has a lot of information on what you need for a nice pressurized setup, or there are sites like Green Leaf Aquariums that sell sets all together. A cheaper way to go would be using a paintball canister with some of the specially-made regulators (or an adapter), all of which is again available through Amazon. If you're interested in using a pressurized setup and want the cheapest thing possible (probably not a bad choice for a tank <=10g), there are products like this Fluval kit (does not come with a check valve, but those are cheap) or this Chinese one (works well, but is hard to find replacement canisters) that use disposable cartridges and simple, "as-needed" injection instead of the slow release of fancier CO2 setups. Note that that Fluval kit can be used with 16g cartridges to save a lot of money (as opposed to the proprietary Fluval 20g cartridges). You might also check out the Fluval 88g setup, but I don't know how the quality is and I suspect it will probably cost more than a "proper" pressurized setup over the long term.
Sorry this kind of dragged on, but I would definitely recommend looking at those first two links if you have time and deciding what's right for you. In my opinion, if all you have is a 10 gallon, I would recommend looking into the "as-needed" injection. I use that Chinese CO2 kit with my 2g Fluval SPEC and it works just fine, though I am going to order the Fluval kit and compare it. However, if you want a CO2 system for multiple planted tanks, or simply want the best possible equipment, a professional pressurized setup with a regulator, solenoid, etc. is your best bet.