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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-07-2013, 05:05 AM Thread Starter
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Ebay CO2 regulator

Hello Guys, Noobie in planted tank world here. Is this CO2 regulator any good?

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I wouldn't cheap out on something that can easily kill your fish if it breaks. I would stick with a name brand one
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That particular CO2 regulator will not really be suitable with its flow gauge, and you may end up spending more money on upgrading various parts such as the needle valve than the initial savings.

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Agree that it is not good for our use. Some points? There is only one meter. That will tell you there is liquid gas in the tank and not change much until the liquid is gone and it is time to start thinking about a refill. Not really much help there. We do often need a second gauge that tells us what the output (working) pressure is. The flowmeter is made to blow a ball up to show flow. We often don't want nearly that much flow so it is likely no help.
Sorry, tempting idea but not good for us.
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The regulator with flow meter is good for a grow op, not that I would not know anything about that, but you want more precise flow managment for planted tanks as suggested. The other link, now removed, only works on a paintball setup.

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Ok, thanks guys. I'll stay away from that type of regulator. I found another one on ebay which I can pickup locally http://tinyurl.com/ltqentm is this a good deal? Looking at the pictures, I noticed some rust and chips to the regulator, is this something I should be concerned with?

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Looking at the pictures, I noticed some rust and chips to the regulator, is this something I should be concerned with?

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I would be. If theres chips outta it someone probably dropped it, not good. And for the rust, well that shows the level of care that reg has received...

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Too many unanswered questions for me. At first glance, I would guess the correosion if from being around saltwater for a long time. What has that done to the internal parts of the meters? The meters don't cover the pressures we use vry well. Hard to tell on the low pressure meter if you want to change from say 18PSI to 20. The low pressure meter reads 0- 140 which is too large a range to do the small low pressure changes we often want. I see no mention of the date on the tank. It may be expired which can cost $25-40 to retest before they will refill.
The biggie? Why do the gauges show pressure. Is it disconnected and still turned on( that's dumb) --or are the gauges blown????
Could be a deal waiting for a sucker.
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Too many unanswered questions for me. At first glance, I would guess the correosion if from being around saltwater for a long time. What has that done to the internal parts of the meters? The meters don't cover the pressures we use vry well. Hard to tell on the low pressure meter if you want to change from say 18PSI to 20. The low pressure meter reads 0- 140 which is too large a range to do the small low pressure changes we often want. I see no mention of the date on the tank. It may be expired which can cost $25-40 to retest before they will refill.
The biggie? Why do the gauges show pressure. Is it disconnected and still turned on( that's dumb) --or are the gauges blown????
Could be a deal waiting for a sucker.
lol...I think I'll just look for a new regulator and probably buy a tank locally. any recommendation for a cheap/decent regulator?

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That's a reef fanatic regulator, no better than an aquatek or azoo, the working pressure is preset which means you probably can't do atomic diffusers with it. I personally like to be able to adjust the WP myself.

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You can look at Aquatek CO2 regulator. I got mine and it works great. I think it's a decent regulator for $85.

Amazon.com: Basic AQUATEK CO2 Regulator with COOL TOUCH SOLENOID: Pet Supplies Amazon.com: Basic AQUATEK CO2 Regulator with COOL TOUCH SOLENOID: Pet Supplies
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You can look at Aquatek CO2 regulator. I got mine and it works great. I think it's a decent regulator for $85.

Amazon.com: Basic AQUATEK CO2 Regulator with COOL TOUCH SOLENOID: Pet Supplies
I think the aquatek are hit or miss. After my second one I gave up. The working pressure on it fluctuates 5-7 psi.
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You can look at Aquatek CO2 regulator. I got mine and it works great. I think it's a decent regulator for $85.

Amazon.com: Basic AQUATEK CO2 Regulator with COOL TOUCH SOLENOID: Pet Supplies
So basically, I buy this regulator, some airline tubing and a co2 tank then I'm all set? No need to buy any other attachments?

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So basically, I buy this regulator, some airline tubing and a co2 tank then I'm all set? No need to buy any other attachments?

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That regulator does not allow you to adjust the working pressure. It's the same as the reef fanatic you linked. There is a premium aquatek that allows you to adjust the WP.
Amazon.com: Premium AQUATEK CO2 Regulator with Integrated COOL TOUCH Solenoid: Pet Supplies Amazon.com: Premium AQUATEK CO2 Regulator with Integrated COOL TOUCH Solenoid: Pet Supplies
But be aware they're all cheap quality with basically the same NV and solenoid. It's bottom of the line quality.

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That regulator does not allow you to adjust the working pressure. It's the same as the reef fanatic you linked. There is a premium aquatek that allows you to adjust the WP. Amazon.com: Premium AQUATEK CO2 Regulator with Integrated COOL TOUCH Solenoid: Pet Supplies But be aware they're all cheap quality with basically the same NV and solenoid. It's bottom of the line quality.
I see. I can probably bump my budget up a bit. Do you have any recommendation? Thanks
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