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Re: Nutriflex CO2 System
on 01:48 PM 6/12/99 , Jeff Malmquist wrote:
>Has anyone else heard of this system? I bought it and just set it up
>tonight. Any warnings, opinions, or tips?
I actually, coincidentally, just removed the Nutriflex CO2 system from my
tank a couple of days ago. Here's my assessment:
It *does* work. I did some experiments with containers of tap water, and
found that adding a tablet does actually increase the CO2 concentration in
the water, and does reduce the PH. Using the plastic reactor, CO2 is
absorbed gradually throughout the day.
However, don't expect the system to perform as well as a pressurized CO2
system, or even as well as a yeast-sugar setup. This is my first plant
tank, so I can't really compare, but I think it was a bit better than a
non-CO2 tank, but not much.
I just replaced the system with a 2.5lb pressurized tank on Friday, and
I've seen dramatic improvements in my plant growth already. So the
Nutriflex system definitely wasn't quite as useful as the "real thing".
One warning: when you drop the tablets in, a lot of CO2 bubbles escape the
reactor. According to what I've read on the net, this sudden influx of CO2
can cause a quick pH drop if your water is too soft. The same applies if
you accidentally drop a tablet directly into the tank...
All in all, it's not bad, but the pressurized system is definitely cheaper
and more effective in the long run.
michael moncur mgm at starlingtech_com http://www.starlingtech.com/
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