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> At $290.00/unit the initial outlay is 2-3 times the cost of a compressed
> gas system (if purchased from Dave Gomberg). Even more troubling is the
> cost to maintain it. I pay $10.75 to fill my 5# tank and it lasts 2-4
> months+. The replacement carbon blocks for the Carbo-plus unit last 2-4
> months also, but cost $39.00 and have to be mail ordered (unless you
> live in Baltimore).
Geez... a far cry to "cheaper than getting CO2 cylinders refilled".
It costs me ~$8 to refill my 5lb cylinder. That will last at least 4 months.
$39+Tax+Shipping? Geez... its just carbon for gods sake... its like the
most of close to the most common element in the freaking planet!
As far as electronics, $290? Wow... Its probably a transformer and an
adjustable resister. Maybe a few LEDs for looks, and a plastic case.
I'm in the wrong business...
Guess I'll scratch that from my list of "neat new toys I just can't live
> I love the idea, but not enough to justify the added expense and
> P.S. I made a delightful discovery the other day. I removed my Ehiem
> diffuser from my tank and put it in my wet/dry on the "closed" side
> under the bio-balls. Even with the output turned down from 16psi to
> 15psi I noticed an significant increase in pearling. I put an airstone
> in the same place and have its pump turned on by timer after the CO2
> shuts off at night. Both plants and fish appear very satisfied with the
Any increase in noise level? I may have to give this a try... I don't
have a wet dry, but a (eheim, fluval, HOT magnum, pick your favorite)