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CO2 Diffusion for a 15 gallon - Improving Current Performance?

Discussion in 'CO2 Enrichment' started by DGalt, May 31, 2009.

  1. DGalt

    DGalt Prolific Poster

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    I have a pressurized system for my 15 gallon planted tank. Right now I'm running the CO2 line to a Hagen Elite Mini underwater filter (here), but I'm wondering if there is a better way to go about getting the CO2 to diffuse into the tank.

    The issue is that, although the Hagen chops up the large bubbles coming from the CO2 line into much smaller bubbles, these smaller bubbles don't seem small enough. A large portion of them make it to the surface, to that point that there is a constant layer of bubbles on the surface of the water.

    Are there any better options than what I'm doing now? I don't have a canister filter (main filter on the tank is an AC 5), unfortunately, so anything requiring the usage of a canister would most likely be pricier than I want. However, I wouldn't mind getting the Hagen out of my tank so I might consider getting a canister filter.

    I don't know if this matters, but my drop checker is always a yellowish color, so I think the Hagen does an OK job. Just wondering if there is a better option :)
     
  2. VaughnH

    VaughnH Lifetime Charter Member
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    If you are shutting off the CO2 at night the drop checker shouldn't remain a yellowish color. If it does, then you need to replace the 4 dKH water in the drop checker. You are using 4 dKH water, right?
     
  3. DGalt

    DGalt Prolific Poster

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    yes it is 4dkh. and it doesn't stay that color over night. that's the color it's at when the lights come on / go off (CO2 comes on ~ 2 hrs before lights come on)
     
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    A 15 gallon tank is small enough that almost any CO2 diffusion method has a good chance to get reasonably uniform distribution of CO2 throughout the tank. So, you can decide based on whether you want equipment in the tank or not (use external DIY reactor if not), whether you like or will tolerate the water looking a bit like soda water, full of tiny bubbles - the mist method if you can, and how much weekly maintenance you are willing to do - if little, avoid the ceramic disc type diffusers.
     
  5. DGalt

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    well like I said I'm already using the mist method with a small underwater filter (I guess it's really just a powerhead but they marketed it as a filter). I just ordered a Rio 180 so that I can try Tom's needlewheel modification (the impeller on the current powerhead I have isn't conducive to making such modifications). But if just about anything will work then I'll just go with that.

    If I could get the equipment out of the tank that'd be nice but like I said I don't have a canister filter so anything inline like that isn't really an option right now.
     
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    I recently modified a Hagen Elite Mini Underwater filter into a CO2 reactor, using Tom Barr's "DIY internal Reactor, great for Yeast CO2 users" article as a guide. Except for the venturi loop (it needs to be moved closer to the impeller to create enough suction), it works great in my 10 gallon tank!!

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    Source: DIY CO2 Reactor on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
     
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