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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-15-2013, 05:13 AM Thread Starter
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Paintball co2

Hey guys, right now I'm looking at amazon for some co2 stuff to throw together that's cheap in price but very sturdy and won't leak.
I'm looking at the following, if you have it, or know of something better that will work and is cheap please let me know. Also let me know what you guys use as a diffuser, I really would like a glass one but am clueless on brands..

-up aqua simple regulater
-aquatek co2 paintball tank cga320 adaptor
-empire 20oz paintball tank.

How long will this tank last as well in a 55 gallon tank,
Again I'm looking the cheap route but in the long run the sturdiest equipment, as always with diy right??? Hahaha
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For a 55 gallon aquarium, I would not recommend that you go with paintball CO2, and instead, get a larger (i.e. 5 or 10 pound) CO2 cylinder instead.

This is mainly because you will end up running through paintball cylinders relatively quickly. The cost for CO2 refills generally does not differ very much for larger cylinders, so in the end, it is more economical to get a larger cylinder.

For regulators, I usually recommend people assemble them from parts off eBay, since it can be cheaper (especially if you bargain hunt). For more information regarding that route, take a look at my Primer to Pressurized CO2 (linked in my signature below).

For diffusers, are you specifically looking for an in-aquarium one? ADA, Do Aqua, GLA all sell nice diffusers, but I find them on the expensive side. I have been using some cheap no-name one that I got overseas, and it has been working fine.

If you have a canister filter, you could also consider inline and/or (DIY) CO2 reactors, so that less equipment is inside your aquarium.


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