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Couldn't find it, what was your question?
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Ya know what's silly?

If you buy the gauge from WIKA, it comes in a plain cardboard box. Order the same gauge from Swagelok and it comes encapsulated in foam...
Swagelok and Wika, they are the same gauges, also, there is same model:the pacifica scientific guages. They are all the same as NAGANO SEIKO.
I think these gauges were manufactured in Japan,, but don't know who owns who, (wika looks bigger and might be the boss, and some of the wika are manufactured in Germany), capital can not be bonded by borders, globalization sure goes far.
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I'm not even going to google how much that Matheson 9400 cost. Don't want to know.
It depends, I never buy a regulator from manufacture direct distributor/retailer.
and actually I bought that Matheson 9400 back in 2011, when I started research on what I could get to build a high quality system. People only knew Victor, Victor and Victor at the time and kept beating the dead horse.

Same as Burkert 6011 solenoid, Ideal needle valve, all dead horses that some people kept beating, never had the will to expend their sights on what they don't know.

I bought that Matheson 9400 for $35, if I remember it right.
It is rare, and a 1/4 NPT port version even rarer, for almost two years didn't touch it because just couldn't find anything suitable to go with it.

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Nice fitting, really cost but looks like you are going to build this system to serve your planted tank hobby for a lifetime.
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People only knew Victor, Victor and Victor at the time and kept beating the dead horse.

Same as Burkert 6011 solenoid, Ideal needle valve, all dead horses that some people kept beating, never had the will to expend their sights on what they don't know.

I bought that Matheson 9400 for $35, if I remember it right.
It is rare, and a 1/4 NPT port version even rarer, for almost two years didn't touch it because just couldn't find anything suitable to go with it.


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Nice fitting, really cost but looks like you are going to build this system to serve your planted tank hobby for a lifetime.
Yeah, there a lot of other quality parts out there. I been eyeing the ASCO solenoid and Gem solenoids. There just so many out there, there also a CS solenoid at 2.4watts w/ LED.
9400 for 35 dollars?, can't believe you found a better deal than the Parker H3 at 30 dollars. What is the top of the line dual stage regulator anyways? Is there anything that tops the 9400?


Anyways, the SS fittings are expensive but I see them as an investment. You pretty much have them for life. People spend hundreds on shrimps, I call that expensive



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There were so many quality (and at the same time, cheap) parts that were available just a few years ago, before everyone started on the CO2 craze.

I have read stories of people picking up Ideal metering valves for 99 cents

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There were so many quality (and at the same time, cheap) parts that were available just a few years ago, before everyone started on the CO2 craze.

I have read stories of people picking up Ideal metering valves for 99 cents
it is harder and harder to find low cost liquidated industrial parts, economy is getting better and price back to their normal range before 2007.
which is good for everyone, but cost more for hobbyists to build a high quality pressurized co2 system.

The cheapest I paid for the stainless steel ideal series 1 needle valve was about $25, just wanted it to satisfy my collection, there were just so many different models and brands out there in the same precision range or better, but all harder to find now.
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I did step 2 with a plug. It has pass the test after 12 hours.



So all that is left is the post body kit, and then redoing step 2 to test for leaks? So the regulator itself is fine after completing step 1 and 2, right?



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Do they have SS fittings as well?
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Mathman wasup! -

I got the 2.5 inch version, it was 14 bucks just for one. #SS-4-HLN-2-50
I'm not sure if the regulator is SS but wouldn't a 4 inch SS to a Brass female outlet be stressful? You got all the weight of the nipple/reducer/solenoid/nv all on those threads.



Also, do you guys usually add the post body without the working pressure gauge? I got both gauges on and don't want to go through the trouble of removing the LP again.



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What's up buddy...whether you have to remove the LP depends on your post body...if you have the space there's no need to. But, I believe usually we tend to install the LP after installing the post nody
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I got the 2.5 inch version, it was 14 bucks just for one. #SS-4-HLN-2-50
I'm not sure if the regulator is SS but wouldn't a 4 inch SS to a Brass female outlet be stressful? You got all the weight of the nipple/reducer/solenoid/nv all on those threads.

For some reason I thought adding a 1/4" hex nipple and a 1/4"x1/8" reducer would help with all the weight.
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Lame.... I ain't touching those gauges ever again. I think got room though.



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