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Hello!

I’ve been reading the positive affects of using a CO2 Injection system in my 55gallon planted tank. Any recommendations as far as a system to get? Also, is it difficult to operate and keep the proper levels of CO2? I’ve been fighting Staghorn Algae and not getting anywhere. I read that injecting CO2 will eliminate it and also improve the health of the tank. Thank you for your help as this is new to me. 

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I run this CO2 injection system on my 45 gallon, but I changed out the diffuser to an Aquario Neo "Special" diffuser because it makes MUCH finer bubbles, which means less wasted CO2. Getting the right amount of CO2 is a lot of trial and observation, so it takes time to get it dialed in. However, once it's running, and you have sufficient light and fertilizers, your plants will explode. There's a ton of good info on the net regarding how to operate a CO2 injected tank. 

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If you are trying to grow plants. Co2 is a great way to do that. If you are fighting algea and that's why you want to get co2. That's a really expensive solution and the level of co2 you need to kill algea may kill your fish.

If you take that route. Fzone pro co2 regulator. And an atomizer for co2 diffusing. Then any drop checker and just try and get it barely green. 

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CO2 is not hard per say to setup.....to do it right there is a large up front cost but once that is out of the way you never have to buy that again and you can add onto your system for more tanks if needed. The use of a regulator is a must in my opinion so it can be dialed in in micro adjustments with the use of a bubble counter and a visual aid of a drop checker.

I say its not hard "per say" because while not hard to set up it is challenging to get it dialed in... it does require patience to set up and set it up correctly.  If rushed you will find you fish gasping at the surface or floating and we do not want that. Adjustments are to be made slowly and when you do adjust you let it go for a day or two to see the changes...they do not happen immediately.  

Now I know I just probably made it all sound scary and it can be but we are here to help you along the way and make it a successful journey. 

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On 7/11/2021 at 8:08 AM, ARMYVET said:

CO2 is not hard per say to setup.....to do it right there is a large up front cost but once that is out of the way you never have to buy that again and you can add onto your system for more tanks if needed. The use of a regulator is a must in my opinion so it can be dialed in in micro adjustments with the use of a bubble counter and a visual aid of a drop checker.

I say its not hard "per say" because while not hard to set up it is challenging to get it dialed in... it does require patience to set up and set it up correctly.  If rushed you will find you fish gasping at the surface or floating and we do not want that. Adjustments are to be made slowly and when you do adjust you let it go for a day or two to see the changes...they do not happen immediately.  

Now I know I just probably made it all sound scary and it can be but we are here to help you along the way and make it a successful journey. 

Thank you ArmyVet! Yes that’s some of what I worry about because I’ve never done it but think it’s the right route to go. Any suggestions on what system to get? Thanks again!

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The lowest I would go is CO2Art and if you want to spend a bit more, grab a GLA regulator.

The CO2art comes in a nice kit, 1 with inline diffuser or in tank diffuser.

https://www.co2art.us/collections/complete-kits/products/pro-se-series-complete-aquarium-co2-system-with-in-tank-flux_-diffuser

GLA is a small step up and now look to have complete kits.

https://greenleafaquariums.com/products/gla-pro-ds-1-aquarium-co2-system-dual-stage-modular-1.html

 

I have 2 CO2art's and they are fine and I'm 100% confident in them. My only complaint is that one of them adjusts a little too well and a millimeter movement makes a decent change.

Once you set the fine adjustment valve, CO2 injection rate will remain the same until changed.

I recommend this resource to answer all your questions. 

https://www.2hraquarist.com/

 

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On 7/11/2021 at 11:13 AM, Mmiller2001 said:

The lowest I would go is CO2Art and if you want to spend a bit more, grab a GLA regulator.

The CO2art comes in a nice kit, 1 with inline diffuser or in tank diffuser.

https://www.co2art.us/collections/complete-kits/products/pro-se-series-complete-aquarium-co2-system-with-in-tank-flux_-diffuser

GLA is a small step up and now look to have complete kits.

https://greenleafaquariums.com/products/gla-pro-ds-1-aquarium-co2-system-dual-stage-modular-1.html

 

I have 2 CO2art's and they are fine and I'm 100% confident in them. My only complaint is that one of them adjusts a little too well and a millimeter movement makes a decent change.

Once you set the fine adjustment valve, CO2 injection rate will remain the same until changed.

I recommend this resource to answer all your questions. 

https://www.2hraquarist.com/

 

Great…thank you for the info! I will check out both and look at the resource. Thank you!

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I will whole heartedly agree with @Mmiller2001 and what he said above. 

I like that the GLA setup is expandable you can add modular bubble counter blocks if you ever wanted to do more tanks but you have to get the diffuser and drop checker separately.  Which they have so you can order everything from one place.  I know shipping for you is an issue so this is a plus. 

I have delt with GLA and they are great to work with and their customer support is phenomenal!

The Co2 Art is literally a complete kit except for the Co2 tank itself. Unfortunately it doesnt look like they sell the tanks so you will have to source one.

I believe you will not go wrong with either setup.  

 

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On 7/11/2021 at 11:35 AM, ARMYVET said:

I will whole heartedly agree with @Mmiller2001 and what he said above. 

I like that the GLA setup is expandable you can add modular bubble counter blocks if you ever wanted to do more tanks but you have to get the diffuser and drop checker separately.  Which they have so you can order everything from one place.  I know shipping for you is an issue so this is a plus. 

I have delt with GLA and they are great to work with and their customer support is phenomenal!

The Co2 Art is literally a complete kit except for the Co2 tank itself. Unfortunately it doesnt look like they sell the tanks so you will have to source one.

I believe you will not go wrong with either setup.  

 

Thank you!

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On 7/11/2021 at 11:13 AM, Mmiller2001 said:

The lowest I would go is CO2Art and if you want to spend a bit more, grab a GLA regulator.

The CO2art comes in a nice kit, 1 with inline diffuser or in tank diffuser.

https://www.co2art.us/collections/complete-kits/products/pro-se-series-complete-aquarium-co2-system-with-in-tank-flux_-diffuser

GLA is a small step up and now look to have complete kits.

https://greenleafaquariums.com/products/gla-pro-ds-1-aquarium-co2-system-dual-stage-modular-1.html

 

I have 2 CO2art's and they are fine and I'm 100% confident in them. My only complaint is that one of them adjusts a little too well and a millimeter movement makes a decent change.

Once you set the fine adjustment valve, CO2 injection rate will remain the same until changed.

I recommend this resource to answer all your questions. 

https://www.2hraquarist.com/

 

Excellent response. I’ve been very happy with my co2art gear and 2hraquarist literally has all of the answers hahaha. 

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