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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 10:28 pm Post subject: Re: How to : Low cost DIY yeast CO2 setup Reply with quote

 That  looks  like  a  very  healthy  tank  Matthew.
 FTS  please.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 10:55 pm Post subject: Re: How to : Low cost DIY yeast CO2 setup Reply with quote

 @Maxv
 can  u  put  up  a  pic  of  your  tank  as  well  with  the  specifications  ?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:46 pm Post subject: Re: How to : Low cost DIY yeast CO2 setup Reply with quote

 @  Madan
 Here  is  the  full  tank  specs:
 
 Start  date  :  1  Sep  2008
 Dimensions  :  L48"xH24"xW15"
 Substrate  :  1"  garden  soil  +  3"  sand
 Lighting  :  54Wx2  HO  tubes  
 Photo  period  :  5-6  hours
 Filtration  :  Atman  internal  filter
 CO2  :  DIY  diffused  through  filter  air  intake
 Micro/Macro  Dosing  :  none
 Water  change  :  50%  weekly,  100%  once  a  month  
 
 
 2  days  after  setup
 
 
 Now  after  4.5  months
 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 12:26 am Post subject: Re: How to : Low cost DIY yeast CO2 setup Reply with quote

 Matthew  that  beige  chair  would  be  my  favourite  seat  in  the  house.  Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 12:58 am Post subject: Re: How to : Low cost DIY yeast CO2 setup Reply with quote

 Nice  !  I  love  it  !  Hope  I  can  make  something  similar  and  sooon  !
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:51 am Post subject: Re: How to : Low cost DIY yeast CO2 setup Reply with quote

 Beautifull  Mate.
 So  this  is  another  example  of  low  light,  high  co2  tank.
 As  you  are  not  dosing  any  mini  or  macro,  your  plants  must  be  taking  nutrients  from  soil  substrate.
 Interesting  and  very  inspiring  also.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:55 am Post subject: Re: How to : Low cost DIY yeast CO2 setup Reply with quote

 [offtopic]
 I  envy  the  Bangalore  guys.  I  just  cant  get  such  a  neat  tank  (I  mean  just  the  glass  tank)  done  at  any  lfs  here.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 11:14 am Post subject: Re: How to : Low cost DIY yeast CO2 setup Reply with quote

 sweet  tank....that  too  with  no  dosing.....inspires  me  as  my  tank  is  in  similar  conditions  i.e  1.4  W/Gallon  &  similar  plants...though  i  used  laterite  as  substrate....now  to  ramp  up  the  CO2...  Cheer
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 12:05 pm Post subject: Re: How to : Low cost DIY yeast CO2 setup Reply with quote

 @Madan
 It's  a  good  vantage  point,  the  concept  was  to  build  a  tank  that  looks  neat  in  the  drawing  room.  Credit  for  making  this  should  go  to  Deepak  Brid  who  crafted  the  tank,  stand  and  canopy  with  excellent  finish.   
 
 @Prashant
 Go  for  it...  a  planted  aquarium  is  worth  keeping.
 
 @Sandeep
 The  plants  will  grow  even  without  CO2  but  the  growth  may  be  slow,  i  will  discontinue  the  CO2  once  the  right  plant  density  is  reached.  I  had  a  planted  aquarium  in  kerala  form  1971-'87  all  through  my  school,  college  days,   plants  were  growing  well  without  any  technology,  no  filter,  no  CO2,  no  electric  lights  as  well,  the  tank  used  to  get  about  3-4  hours  of  direct  sunlight  and  diffused  light  rest  of  the  day.  The  plants  were  a  type  of  amazon  sword  plant  with  banana  like  leaves(haven't  seen  this  plant  anywhere  recently)   vallisneria  and  few  other  plants  i  picked  up  from  near  by  streams.   
 
 The  difference  i  see  in  bangalore,  the  water  is  very  hard  and  forms  a  thin  film  over  the  surface  and  the  high  altitude  may  also  lower  the  CO2  dissolving  through  the  water  surface.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 6:41 pm Post subject: Re: How to : Low cost DIY yeast CO2 setup Reply with quote

 @Maxv
 Yea,  I  already  have  the  following  things  ready:
 laterite
 river  sand
 fertilizer  (liquid  and  underground)
 lights
 the  requirements  for  CO2  setup.  
 
 The  tank  has  been  running  for  a  long  time  now  so  just  need  to  conver  it  and  guess  I  have  all  that  is  required.
 Should  convert  it  tomorrow  once  I  go  and  get  the  plants.  
 
 Your  method  of  diffusing  CO2  has  helped  me  alot.  Thanks  !
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 12:03 am Post subject: Re: How to : Low cost DIY yeast CO2 setup Reply with quote

 @Maxv  
 I  am  setting  up  everything  tomorrow.  I  have  alot  of  plants  that  I  bought  much  more  than  you  had  when  you  started.
 Thanks  to  you  I  tried  the  CO2  today  and  it  works  though  I  havent  got  a  filter  with  air  intake  yet  which  I  will  be  getting  soon.  It  works  without  any  filter  or  intake.  I  have  just  kept  the  pipe  under  a  stone  so  it  stays  down.  Mostly  planning  to  just  attach  a  diffuser  to  it  because  as  of  now  i  have  to  keep  the  bottle  of  water  on  top  of  the  tank  so  that  water  does  not  flow  out  but  if  I  get  an  air  stone  then  I  guess  I  can  keep  it  below  tank  level  also.  Thanks  alot  again.  Never  knew  I  would  setup  my  planted  tank  with  a  CO2  and  never  even  thought  that  it  was  this  easy.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 2:08 pm Post subject: Re: How to : Low cost DIY yeast CO2 setup Reply with quote

 Clapping   Clapping  good  fun!!!!!!!!  will  try  this  today.  wish  me  luck.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 5:54 pm Post subject: Re: How to : Low cost DIY yeast CO2 setup Reply with quote

 @Prashant
 
                                                 
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now  i  have  to  keep  the  bottle  of  water  on  top  of  the  tank  so  that  water  does  not  flow  out  but  if  I  get  an  air  stone  then  I  guess  I  can  keep  it  below  tank  level  also.  Thanks  alot  again.  Never  knew  I  would  setup  my  planted  tank  with  a  CO2  and  never  even  thought  that  it  was  this  easy.                

 
 I  keep  the  CO2  generator  bottle  on  the  floor  by  the  side  of  the  tank,  when  the  yeast  has  started  producing  the  CO2  there  will  be  CO2  pressure  in  the  air-tube  and  water  will  not  run  back  to  the  bottle.
 
 Bubbling  the  CO2  through  the  air-stone  may  not  make  enough  CO2  dissolve  in  the  water  because  the  bubbles  will  be  large.  When  the  CO2  is  blown  out  through  the  filter  nozzle,  it  will  form  many  tiny  bubbles  that  float  in  the  water  for  longer  period  and  dissolve.  You  can  buy  a  small  internal  filter  with  air  intake  in  Rs.200-500  range.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 6:15 pm Post subject: Re: How to : Low cost DIY yeast CO2 setup Reply with quote

 I  dont  know  why  but  even  after  following  your  recipe  my  bubbles  are  not  forming  that  well.  I  am  getting  a  rate  of  10bpm  which  is  quite  low  i  feel.  Also  if  i  keep  it  at  a  height  lower  than  the  tank  then  the  water  flows  in.  I  will  keep  an  air  stone  which  will  make  small  bubles  and  dispurse  the  CO2  in  the  tank  like  the  power  filter.  I  have  setup  the  tank  today  and  I  have  a  smaller  tank  as  compared  to  yours  so  if  I  get  a  power  filter  it  will  disrupt  my  whole  tank.  The  tank  is  setup  but  I  have  not  yet  put  the  fishes  in  waiting  for  the  dirt  to  settle  down.  I  have  started  off  with  a  load  of  plants.  Its  heavily  planted  as  of  now  so  can't  exactly  use  a  power  filter  though  I  do  have  one.  And  is  this  the  rate  you  also  get  10-12  bubbles  per  minute  is  quite  less.  I  have  set  it  up  just  sometime  back  so  maybe  would  take  time  to  increase.  Also  any  idea  when  can  I  put  the  fishes  back  again  ?  I  have  tetras  and  guppy  variety.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 5:42 am Post subject: Re: How to : Low cost DIY yeast CO2 setup Reply with quote

 hi..
 nice  thread  you  have  going  here..  clears  out  a  lot  of  queries  regarding  DIY  CO2..  
 ok..  this  is  just  my  two  cents  in..   i  recently  got  a  ceramic  diffuser,  bad  idea..  these  things  seem  to  require  too  much  of  pressure  and  thankfully..  my  coke  bottle  didn't  blow,  a  joint  at  the  non  return  valve  i  put  in  the  line  came  out  instead..  phew..!!
 
 i  have  also  tried  the  powerhead  method  and  the  airstone  inside  the  powerhead  also..  but  i  had  read  somewhere  about  a  cigarette  butt  method..  this  is  what  i  am  using  now  and  it  seems  to  give  me  really  tiny  bubbles..  Smile
 all  one  needs  to  do  is  take  two  or  three  cigarette  butts  (  preferably  off  fresh  cigarettes  Wink  )  just  twist  them  a  little  and  make  them  tight...  after  that  it  has  to  be  inserted  tightly  into  the  end  of  the  airline..  i  also  noticed  that  leaving  a  small  portion  peeping  just  outside  the  end  of  the  airline  helps  in  giving  out  smaller  bubbles..  thats  about  it..  you  are  good  to  go  :)
 
 also..  i  have  placed  the  end  of  the  tube  just  above  the  substrate  in  the  tank  so  the  bubbles  have  to  travel  longer..  and  the  powerhead  i  had  mentioned  earlier..  it  is  now  being  used  to  get  some  flow  and  blow  the  bubbles  around  the  tank,  just  to  give  them  more  'hang  in  there  time'
 
 hope  this  helps
 
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