... but it is a pretty safe bet to say that just about every full size co2 system is better in about every aspect then even the most prestigious paint ball rig.
I'm afraid I can't agree with that. It would require a single component, the CO2
tank, to make or break the entire
To put it another way, by that logic, taking a top of the line traditional system that was performing well and replacing the tank with a paintball tank would cause the whole system to suddenly begin performing badly.
It seems reasonable to me to expect comparable systems to perform comparably regardless
of the size or type CO2
tank connected to them -- with the obvious exception of the frequency of refills, of course.
In other words, the overall performance of a system would seem to be far more dependent upon the components other
than the supply tank rather than only
upon the supply tank, and I think my own experience supports that. :shrug:
In any case, what I was getting at originally (and I think your comment is a case in point) is that there seems to be a general perception that any
system that runs from a paintball tank must, necessarily and without exception, stink like a landfill on a midsummer day.
I think my own experience suggests that the performance of any CO2
system is directly related to the willingness to spend the money on decent support equipment (regulator, needle valve, etc.). I don't think that the size or type of the supply tank alone makes any significant difference other
than the frequency of refills.
In other words, this is yet another chapter in the book: CO2 In The Planted Aquarium: Cheap Will Really Cost You
All that being said, I still would encourage folks to go with a traditional system if they have the space for it. I certainly wouldn't suggest choosing a paintball system as a way to save money!