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post #16 of 23 (permalink) Old 12-14-2012, 04:44 AM
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The reason I bought VTS 250s is, if you see a VTS 253, meaning its' specifically for CO2, ...
This is true, but there is more to it.

Actually, the current VTS250 model numbers for CO2 duty are below and their delivery ranges are given too:
VTS253A-320 ... 2 to 15 PSIG
VTS253B-320 ... 2 to 40 PSIG
VTS253C-320 ... 4 to 80 PSIG
VTS253D-320 ... 5 to 125 PSIG
Where the "320" means that it is for CO2 duty. The "A to D" means that they are A, B C and D models with differing delivery ranges. And, the VTS253 is the latest incarnation of the popular VTS250 series.

For reference, see the upper right corner on page 19 of the following Victor PDF: http://victortechnologies.com/IM_Upl...-2007_Feb2012/

Pages 10 and 11 in the same PDF also have some helpful identification information.

Page 25 in this other PDF has similar information: http://victortechnologies.com/IM_Upl...Regulators.pdf

BTW IMO, the VTS250 series of regulators are among the best ones for our use.

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Thanks for the scare, just purchased AquaTek reg and waiting for it to arrive. I know 2 stage are the best but if I got one I still wouldn't be dosing cuz I wouldn't be able to afford anything else.


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I have the GLA Atomic V3 regulator and I'm really happy with it. It's compact, works great, the warranty is nice, plus, it's relatively affordable, especially compared to some of the others that GLA sells.
Thanks! everyone has been helpful. I think my best option may just be to bite the bullet and get a good one. The GLA ones are probably my best bet i think(seem to be high quality and have a good warranty) so ill probably go with that when i end up making the purchase
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So I was looking at some of the different options for regulators and I noticed how nice with size and all to use a paintball set up. Or would it be best to just invest in a standard regulator and tank?

So I guess the question is how do you guys feel about the GLA atomic paintball regulators compared to a standard one?

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So I was looking at some of the different options for regulators and I noticed how nice with size and all to use a paintball set up. Or would it be best to just invest in a standard regulator and tank?

So I guess the question is how do you guys feel about the GLA atomic paintball regulators compared to a standard one?

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If you are seriously needing space, then go with the paintball regulators. If you even have an inkling of upgrading to a regular (5 pound or larger) CO2, then go with a standard regulator.

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If you are seriously needing space, then go with the paintball regulators. If you even have an inkling of upgrading to a regular (5 pound or larger) CO2, then go with a standard regulator.
Alright cool. Yeah I'm still in the debate cause i have my 55 in the basement and im guessing one day that tank would be really cool to set back up planted but for now i'd be dealing with a 20 gal, which still really could be an okay size for a standard regulator
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Alright cool. Yeah I'm still in the debate cause i have my 55 in the basement and im guessing one day that tank would be really cool to set back up planted but for now i'd be dealing with a 20 gal, which still really could be an okay size for a standard regulator
For comparison, I was using a 10 pound CO2 cylinder on an ADA Mini-S (about 3 gallons).

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I recently bought a Victor HPT 500 with Parker H2A NV. I wasn't prepared to spend this much initially. But when I remembered 'How mad I used to get' when I was using the cheap regulator. CO2 on my mind everytime. The peace of mind wasn't there.
Our hobby is to sooth us, pacify us. Not to make us worried and take our peace of mind. So by paying $300, I bought my peace of mind. I bought the pleasure of enjoying the hobby. Now I can rely on what I bought.
It was just my reason
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