View Full Version : co2

02-14-2010, 07:56 PM
i am planning on adding co2 to my current 60 gallon plant tank and have no idea how to get it started. im wondering how i can get it started and what all i need to get it started.

02-15-2010, 09:47 AM

02-15-2010, 10:40 AM
thanks for the link but it was to was to much for me to understand. maybe they a make a co2 for dumbies.

02-15-2010, 10:52 AM
Read through that site. Rex's site is a great place to start for all information. It really is the "planted tanks for dummies" site, and includes co2 information.

His site has a lot of great information and it is broken down to a beginner level. No sense in reinventing the wheel.

02-15-2010, 12:30 PM
2 sites to look at for getting your CO2 setups from are http://sumoregulator.com/ and http://www.greenleafaquariums.com/

Green Leaf is based in Florida and had excelent customer service and products. Its is worth paying more for the regulators from the 2 sites. Although Green Leaf has better equipment.

If you are confused about the reactor from Rex's site I am sure that there are people here (myself included) that can build you one and show you how to set it up.

02-15-2010, 02:41 PM
It almost boils down to how much you want to spend, in either time or $. I started with the soda bottle generating my own cO2, but that was so much trouble, I just got a cO2 tank and all that stuff. I read all about it on the internet. It has been, and you will find it to be, a great adventure! Read up on it, and decide what you want to do. I started mine just putting the cO2 into the intake of the HOB aquaclear filter. Once you get started, you will have more questions. We will be here. We are not all from the government, but we are all here to help you.

02-18-2010, 06:28 PM
While we are on the subject. I'm running DIY CO2. Is it necessary for the CO2 to be shut off/diverted when the lights are off?

02-18-2010, 07:10 PM
No, it is not necessary to divert co2, or in pressurized systems, turn it off, during the night. With a pressurized system, there is the benefit of saving co2(and therefore $$$) during lights off since co2 is not needed. Since there's no way to turn off DIY co2, no benefit to pulling it from the tank.

02-18-2010, 07:20 PM
I keep my cO2 running 24 hours a day. It doesn't seem to hurt the fish or plants, and I am running my 20 pound tank into 5 aquariums, and it lasts over 3 months. It costs more for a solenoid that turns it off with the lights. Since it doesn't seem to make a difference, I just don't mess with it.