01-24-2012, 06:34 AM
Join Date: Jan 2012
| | Can't decide about CO2 - safety?
Here is what I'm currently considering:
OPTION 1: DIY CO2 (worked for me in the past)
Concerns: messy, time consuming, no way to turn it off (should I run an airstone at night?)
OPTION 2: Fluval's 88g kit with an adapter to allow for a paintball tank
Concerns: no way to turn it off at night (again, should I run an airstone?)
I haven't heard of too many people using the paintball adapter... so I'm concerned as to how well it would work.
OPTION 3: Matheson 8 series dual stage regulator with Clippard mouse solenoid and AS-1200 needle valve, inline reaction/diffuser (which one??), 5 lb CO2 tank
Concerns: Not sure how to set it up (though I'm sure the seller would help me).
What inline reactor (DIY Grigg Style - though I doubt my skills in making one, or ISTA Mix Max)?
Safety: I just read an article about the danger of CO2 in homes with kids and dogs. I have a 9 month old son and 3 very large and somewhat boisterous dogs (though they are learning to avoid roughhousing inside). Safety is basically my #1 concern.
Setup cost: funds are quite low at the moment.
Here are my tank specs:
Size: ~27g flat back hex (1' wide x 3' long x 16" deep)
Lighting: T5 HO Fixture that accommodates two 39w bulbs (6700K) for a total wattage of 78w
Substrate: Playsand, approximately 2cm deep
pH: 7.6 (without CO2 injection)
Substrate: playsand (about 2-3cm deep)
Filtration: Eheim Classic 2215
Ferts: Pfertz medium-tech solution + root tabs
1 pair (m/f) Betta albimarginata
4 Corydoras leucomelas (will add 1-2 more individuals)
4 Corydoras panda (will add 1-2 more individuals)
1 Corydoras habrosus (will add 4-5 more individuals)
5 Puntius oligolepis
Hygrophila species "Araguaia"
Staurogyne repens "Tropica"