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Re: [APD] CO2 System: What you wish you knew

I'd say the fact that a CO2 pH controller can be nice to have but is not an
absolute necessity.  One can do fine with just a solenoid (to turn CO2 off
when the lights aren't on) and a good way to count bubbles.  May take a bit
of fiddling and trying different bubble rates to get it correct but then it
can pretty much be left alone.

So if you're on a tight budget, you can do fine without the controller.  If
your budget is *really* tight, you can run the CO2 24 hours a day and forget
about the solenoid.  :-).


-----Original Message-----
From: Steve B [mailto:habubak at yahoo_com] 
Sent: 02 July 2006 22:51
To: aquatic plants digest
Subject: [APD] CO2 System: What you wish you knew

Good afternoon,
  My name is Steve and I'm a graduate student at Texas A&M University who is
looking to set up my first successful (I've done a lot of research this
time!) planted tank.  The only equipment I have yet to acquire is a
pressurized CO2 system for my 55 gallon tank I'm planning to convert into a
planted tank.
  I have been doing some internet shopping and reading through the archives,
but I have just one question I'd like to pose to you all since you seem so
knowledgeable about this sort of thing.
  What is the one or two (or more) things you wish you had known about
pressurized CO2 systems before you committed to purchasing one?  What do you
wish you knew then that you know now, either through research or finding out
"the hard way?"
  I'd be interested in hearing your comments on what you wish you had done
  Thanks so much, and I'm looking forward to your responses!
  Cheers & Gig'Em,

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