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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-13-2013, 02:18 AM Thread Starter
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Aquatek is on sale at amazon identical price as Milwaukee only the reviews are much better for the aquatek. Has any1 tried the aquatek co2 regulator with integrated solenoid for 98.99 on amazon? Which should I get?

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Bump if nobody has anything to say I will just go with the Aquatek. After thorough research I have found most reviewers who have owned both a Milwaukee and Aquatek in the past say the Aquatek is better. Plus it comes with 15 feet of co2 tubing. I will make purchase on Monday for co2. Its gonna be 10lb tank and an aquatek I think.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-13-2013, 04:34 AM
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I have just started with plants, and I went with the Aquatek Deluxe system. However, I didn't realize that I would need a bubble counter anyway because even at 1 scfh (measuring units for the meter) the valve and flow rate monitor lets out too much CO2 for an aquarium. The deluxe model seems to be more for green houses or aquaponic systems. I barely crack the metering valve for the flow rate that I need, which leaves the meter virtually useless. It seems to keep a fairly accurate rate so far, but I've only been using it for a few weeks so maybe someone who has been using it for a while will chime in.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-13-2013, 06:08 AM
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Whichever you go with I recommend the jbj bubble counter/check valve. You can get one from nilocg here. I put mineral oil in mine so I can count the bubbles easier. No issues with my aquatek basic though and have had it since 2011.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-13-2013, 07:13 AM
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I have a Milwaukee from Amazon, it's treated me very well. Mine came damaged (shipping), I contacted the seller on Amazon and I had replacement parts overnight (a considerable cost to get it here to Hawaii) at no cost to me.

The unit was easy to setup, I followed the directions on the box, and referred to what I found online (here).
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-13-2013, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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OK I now officially have EVERYTHING figured out and in the shopping cart ready to press the purchase button. From cylinder to regulator, defuser, solenoid, bubble counter and co2 proof tubing. The total is about 216$.

10lb aluminum co2 tank from
Milwaukee MA957 Regulator with Solenoid and Bubble Counter
Red Sea Co2 Reactor 500 W/pump
10ft Co2 resistant tubing

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-14-2013, 01:53 AM
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Do you have a canister filter? Because if you do a Cerges reactor would work better at diffusing for half the price.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-09-2013, 06:55 PM
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It might be a lot cheaper to buy a tank from a homebrew store. The one close to me sells a 10# for about half of what me lfs is asking for a 5#.
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