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post #2056 of 2409 (permalink) Old 01-01-2013, 09:09 PM
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You don't need to find a cheap paintball regulator.

Buy a normal, dual-stage regulator that's in good shape for $50-$60 and spend $10 on a CGA/paintball adapter. That's about as cheap as you can get - and it's half as spendy as the rebranded paintball-specific regulators you can buy from a few retailers.
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This setup can cost from $30 dollars to $80 dollars + for a working unit.
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Buy a normal, dual-stage regulator for $50-$60 and spend $10 on a CGA/paintball adapter.
Plus the paintball tank, which is $20. Cost is at least $90. Not worth the effort to me. Cheaper to dose excel, which I make from cidex, daily into my 29G tank
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If that works for your needs, stick to it. But many people don't use Excel because it gets expensive, can't be used with some plants or doesn't work out with sensitive livestock.

Going the regulator route with a paintball adapter may be $80-$90 up front but it allows you to upgrade to a full-size CO2 cylinder down the road if desired. There's also a ton of resale value in a regulator.

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Plus the paintball tank, which is $20. Cost is at least $90. Not worth the effort to me. Cheaper to dose excel, which I make from cidex, daily into my 29G tank
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I wish I could figure out how Jaggedfury made 1 under $80. I was prepared to spend $50.
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I just bought a used paintball tank on ebay for $12 shipped to go this route obviously. I'll keep anyone who might be interested on how much more i spend on the rest of the set up.
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The savings come when you can buy a cheap ASA. I got a very high quality one for 7 bucks because the manufacturer went under.
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I just bought a used paintball tank on ebay for $12 shipped to go this route obviously. I'll keep anyone who might be interested on how much more i spend on the rest of the set up.
Yeh, I would like to see how cheap you can do it. Going to start your own thread? Going to use a regulator?

Just found this AquaticLife adaptor with Regulator and Solenoid for $19. PSI max 3,500. Would this work?

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That's just an adaptor to change CGA320 to pb...
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Yeh, I would like to see how cheap you can do it. Going to start your own thread? Going to use a regulator?

Just found this AquaticLife adaptor with Regulator and Solenoid for $19. PSI max 3,500. Would this work?
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That's just an adaptor to change CGA320 to pb...
Agreed. Going by the item description, it is just an adapter. The image is quite misleading.

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Would you be able to use this set up along with an inline reactor like this one?

http://greenleafaquariums.com/co2-di...ffuser-16.html
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Would you be able to use this set up along with an inline reactor like this one?

http://greenleafaquariums.com/co2-di...ffuser-16.html
"This setup" as in the paintball setup in the first post in this thread?

If so, yes.

Just make sure you have the appropriate sized diffuser that matches your canister filter's tubing.

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The savings come when you can buy a cheap ASA. I got a very high quality one for 7 bucks
Can get 1 on Ebay for $10. It for a 1/8npt threaded hose. Will that work?
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Hey everyone, just did the exact setup the OP has. 20oz paintball tank- small adapter with gauge, and a needle valve from Lowes.

My problem is that I can't seem to get a nice 2bps. I just barely open the needle valve and it's full blast. Anyone else have this issue?

I can't seem to regulate flow, just wants to blast out!

Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Hey everyone, just did the exact setup the OP has. 20oz paintball tank- small adapter with gauge, and a needle valve from Lowes.

My problem is that I can't seem to get a nice 2bps. I just barely open the needle valve and it's full blast. Anyone else have this issue?

I can't seem to regulate flow, just wants to blast out!

Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The "needle valve" that you bought at the hardware store will not be able to give you 2 bubbles per second. That degree of control will only be achieved with a proper needle/metering valve.

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The "needle valve" that you bought at the hardware store will not be able to give you 2 bubbles per second. That degree of control will only be achieved with a proper needle/metering valve.
Not to mention that that "needle valve" is being used to try to get a working pressure of 800 PSI down 2 bubbles per second.
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