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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 05:37 AM Thread Starter
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Co2 regulator choice..

Hello all. I'm looking to buy a Co2 regulator for my tank. I am on an under $100 budget so I know I am very limited on choices.

I know I could afford either the Aquatek or the Milwaukee, and although I know they arent the best out there, but thats all I can afford. My question is, which one would everyone say is better than the other?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 06:05 AM
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I had both before and the pressure gauge didn't last for long time only a yr and half. So they about the same for me. Now I had a smith regulator for about 4 yrs now and never had a problem.
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I havent heard of a smith regulator. How much are they usually?
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Green leaf aquarium sells them they are good for their price.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 08:59 AM
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I assume the $100 budget that you have does not include the cost of the CO2 cylinder? 5 pound cylinders usually run anywhere from $65 and up.

If the $100 is your budget excluding the cylinder, then I would suggest if you feel comfortable building your own pressurized CO2 system from parts, you could look for sales on eBay.

There were some good Victor 450D that I saw as well as a Matheson last week; these were $35 and under (with shipping, under $50 if you are in the US). The Matheson closed at $20 (I estimate $35 with shipping?)

There are also some nice Parker metering valves for less than $30 shipped.

Add in a few brass fittings, etc, and you have something that can be built for less than $100 (no bubble counter nor solenoid, though).

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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Ok thanks ill have to look into that
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