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Ditto. Nice. May it last yall a few thousands years. haha j/k. A few years at least

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Yea it was probably a 1 on a difficulty scale. When in doubt, I just used twice as much teflon tape as I thought was appropriate.

On / off and gauge - 20 dollars shipped
WATTS A-41 needle valve - 5 dollars
Filled 20oz co2 tank - 15 dollars
12ft of tube - 1.80

I cant believe this worked for about 40 dollars. I was expecting it to turn into a missile while I was at work, but its still where I left it.
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post #154 of 2409 (permalink) Old 10-02-2010, 03:00 PM
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Hello everyone. Great thread,fantastic, well done everyone.

OK here's the deal, I want a co2 unit so badly but i have no clue and need an idiots( Blond)guide to putting one of these great units together.

Can i get everything i need besides the co2 tank at the Home Depot.
Can someone smarter than me (not difficult) write down in just one message a list of parts that i should get as the more i read this great thread the more confused i'm getting and it 's giving me a headache lol. Is it possible for me to get everything i need on feebay ?

Help help help i need my plants to grow...
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You can get the Needle Valve, Co2 Tubing and Teflon Tape at Homedepot.

Co2 Paintball tank, On and Off Valve, and Gauge needs to be bought at Paintball store or Internet.

You will need a way to diffuse the Co2, either through a ceramic diffuser, or a reactor or through a inline canister filter. That can be made, rigged, or bought online.

Parts you need.

- Standard Paintball Co2 Tank with Pin Valve - $20 - $28 depending on tank size. $28 refer to 24oz.

- Any Paintball Co2 On and Off Valve (Make sure it has 2 threaded input slots for Gauge and Needle Valve) $20 -$60 depending on brand.

- Any Paintball Co2 Gauge $5-$10 depending on brand. (Optional to have, only tells you when your Co2 tank is full or not)

- Needle Valve from HomeDepot - $5.99

- Co2 Tubing - $2-4

- Teflon Tape $1.49

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Thank you JaggedFury for quick reply. What PSI does the needle valve have to be, which valve should i get? Everytime i go to the depot i somehow always manage to come home with the wrong stuff. lol

Anyone know of any reasonably priced complete units available anywhere online, plug and play?
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We'll, The ones I'm using from Homedepot (http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053), is listed at 400psi, some of the people here suggest getting higher rated psi needle valve since your Co2 Paintball tank will be at around filled to 850psi. I've have been using the Homedepot needle valve and had no problems, been running a few months now over 9 months. The brand and part number is Watts A-41.

There won't be no complete unit assemble for you, as to this is a something I rigged up. There might be one for sale, but high chance. A member here got the entire thing made for about $40 dollars. Worth a shot, it's very simple to rig up and find parts.

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Another tip - make sure you get 1/4 outside diameter and .170 inside diameter hose. I got a smaller inside diameter and once I put the brass fitting in the end of the hose, it wouldn't slide into the needle valve.
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What are some good canister type filters that would be the right size for my 55g aquarium?
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g33tar, I had the same problem. But I handled it by running the hose under hot water for a minute and then it slid through just fine.


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Ive got a question for you guys who are experienced with pressurized co2....What is the pattern for the co2 pressure loss? ....like...does the gauge slowly go down to 0 at a steady pace, or does it stay at ~800 then drop off to 0 in the matter of a few days? Im so pumped about this I cant even explain it.
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Ive got a question for you guys who are experienced with pressurized co2....What is the pattern for the co2 pressure loss? ....like...does the gauge slowly go down to 0 at a steady pace, or does it stay at ~800 then drop off to 0 in the matter of a few days? Im so pumped about this I cant even explain it.
Mines been running for a couple months and still reads 840-850psi. You will notice it going down but it's going to slowly drop. Like super slow base on your output co2 bubble per second. These setup could easily last you well over 4-6 months, maybe even more. I will let you know when mines hit the 800 psi mark. Give me a few more weeks lol.

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What are some good canister type filters that would be the right size for my 55g aquarium?
Depends on what you have in your tank. I have a Fluval Fx5 on a 55gallon tank. It's an overkill but it does its job and a whole lot more. Tons of room for media options. Can't have enough filtration.

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post #164 of 2409 (permalink) Old 10-04-2010, 01:34 AM
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Hey all... I've acquired everything I need to put this system together, except for a needle valve.

For some reason, the Watts A-41 sold at HomeDepot is not available in California - and they won't even ship it to California. I assume it has something to do with our ridiculous "nanny" laws here. Ugh.

I keep searching on eBay, but it's really hard to tell which needle valve will actually work without additional parts, etc.

Can someone please link me a specific eBay auction through a PM or something?

Thanks a ton!
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I bought mine in California lol Sacramento.
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