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trit0n2003 09-16-2011 11:58 PM

Purchased 1st CO2 Setup
 
I know there are cheaper ways to go about a CO2 setup, but i felt like spoiling myself with money from selling my calculus and chemistry text books I just finished using lol

New Equipment:

CarbonDoser II Regulator (aquariumplants.com selfmade model)
CarbonDoser EXT5000 Reactor (aquariumplants.com selfmade model)
5lb CO2 aluminum tank
+ few extra things for it (i.e. tubing, kh test kit, blah blah)

I will be getting a milwaukee pH controller soon with the money i get from selling my 3 breeding pairs of angels.

Anyways, i will post a picture of the setup when i get it next week and let everyone know my reviews on the products.

zof 09-18-2011 06:31 PM

Sounds good, looking forward to it.

Mikaila31 09-21-2011 11:24 AM

I would skip the PH contoller and maybe get a regulator that can support multiple tanks. Its a feature that costed only a few more dollars with my regulator.
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trit0n2003 09-21-2011 11:47 AM

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Originally Posted by Mikaila31 (Post 834402)
I would skip the PH contoller and maybe get a regulator that can support multiple tanks. Its a feature that costed only a few more dollars with my regulator.
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Still waiting for it to ship as the place ran out of the 5lb cylinders so waiting for a restock.

But I only have 1 aquarium to use the system on so I won't need a multi tank setup.
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Mikaila31 09-21-2011 01:02 PM

as long as it works thats what matters. Just a suggestion. I ran my system on only one tank for a few years. Then I put on a 3 way splitter that I got for a few dollars. Currently mine runs two tanks but can run 3 max.
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trit0n2003 09-21-2011 08:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Mikaila31 (Post 834514)
as long as it works thats what matters. Just a suggestion. I ran my system on only one tank for a few years. Then I put on a 3 way splitter that I got for a few dollars. Currently mine runs two tanks but can run 3 max.
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Well I will eventually want to have multiple tanks so thanks for the idea :D
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trit0n2003 10-08-2011 01:25 AM

Started it today at 1 bubble every 3 seconds, wanted to see how efficient the EXT5000 reactor really is and already my pH has dropped from about 7.5-7.6 to 7.1-7.2, I'm using the Milwaukee pH 600 handheld meter. So far so good!

I did a kH test and it was at 7. But i've read that the kH vs pH graph to guesstimate the CO2 ppm concentration is only helpful if you have a carbonate buffer.. so I don't think this will help me considering I do not.

BUT, my discus haven't seemed to get affectedf, it is a closed top tank (for my cat to stay out of it! lol), so I run aeration 24/7. While my CO2 system is wired to the T5 HO light timer for the 10 hour photoperiod.

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Mikaila31 10-08-2011 02:19 AM

wait so you are running air and CO2 at the same time?

trit0n2003 10-08-2011 02:39 AM

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Originally Posted by Mikaila31 (Post 854388)
wait so you are running air and CO2 at the same time?

Yes, even with adequate surface agitation under the glass cover, the fish where gasping for air (before co2 system was added). So I have been using an air stone 24/7 to fix the gasping. Also, the 84-86 degree water holds less dissolved oxygen.

Closed top combined with high temps = low oxygen

Its a 75 g with only 5- 4 inch discus, 3 cherry barbs, and a small group of corys.

Kelvinlim11 10-10-2011 10:30 AM

Nice. Using a reactor too?


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