Hey guys.. First off I'm not looking to do anymore DIY co2. Instead I'd really like to move over to the real stuff.
However I'm not sure what to get. I'm completely new to the co2 system that uses the co2 tanks and bubble counters. I'm looking for some direction. I've seen some sets on Amazon? Are those good, which ones would you recommend?
Anyways, any help and direction is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Paintball seems like the next logical step after DIY CO2 but I'll try to save you some trouble by advising against them. They're small so you'll have to refill them often plus they tip easy. Secondly, the adapters don't usually regulate, not the cheap ones you'll find. There are some regulators that can and will work but for the money, you might as well go bigger.
Here is how the bigger CO2 tanks work with our hobby. (5lb, 10lb, 20lbs are most common)
CO2 Tank->CGA320 fitting->regulator->solenoid->metering valve->Aquarium(choose your diffusion method)
Look at dual stage regulators. Low flow/low output work best for our hobby. Single stage regulators work but the big difference is that they dump CO2 into the aquarium when the tank is low and kill your fish. Secondly, look at a good needle or metering valve. These are the two most important and necessary pieces in a system and should be the bulk of any money spent. Solenoids are nice but aren't required by any means. Depending on how you disperse the CO2 into the aquarium you may want to use a bubble counter to measure how much you are putting in. There are some diffusion methods that you can count the bubbles as they go and can skip the bubble counter.
You can build them yourself but its not advisable if you're brand new. Plenty are for sale, here and elsewhere. Just remember, chrome systems don't work any better then a brass or mix and match system.