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12-03-2014 04:58 AM
Darkblade48
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Originally Posted by girlychris View Post
Wow! Thanks for all this info. Im am just getting ready to set up a tank soon! Im kicking myself for purchasing a pH controller online yesterday
A pH controller does have its uses, and if you have the money to spare, it can be a nice investment.
12-02-2014 10:03 PM
girlychris Wow! Thanks for all this info. Im am just getting ready to set up a tank soon! Im kicking myself for purchasing a pH controller online yesterday
11-27-2014 07:23 PM
Kirbalicious oh man. this is everything I needed. you++
11-14-2014 01:21 AM
cg49me
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Originally Posted by danmadeeagle View Post
Can you use the co2 given off by a homemade brew of beer for your CO2 supply for your fishtank or are there other gasses given off in the reaction that could hurt the fish?
Yes, alot of people do this with home brewing setups. Just make sure your air lines are well above the foamy bit (krausen?) so it doesn't get into them (and potentially clog).
11-14-2014 12:51 AM
danmadeeagle
can you use the co2 given off by a homemade brew of beer?

Can you use the co2 given off by a homemade brew of beer for your CO2 supply for your fishtank or are there other gasses given off in the reaction that could hurt the fish?
11-01-2014 07:25 AM
Darkblade48 Glad the article helped
11-01-2014 07:21 AM
Fishloverron Thank you for this description. I've been slow to get into CO2 for my planted tanks and I'm more confident with setting it up now.

BIG HELP!
10-31-2014 08:11 AM
AlanLe thumbs up!
10-24-2014 03:17 AM
ray-the-pilot
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Originally Posted by Darkblade48 View Post
Nowadays, it may not be possible to build a cheap (dual stage) system due to supply and demand, but when I built my setup, I managed to get everything (dual stage regulator, needle valve, solenoid, bubble counter, all fittings, and a 10 pound CO2 cylinder) for around $200, making this particular regulator not worth it.
I think you pretty much hit the nail on the head. This thread is so old that the technology has passed it by!
10-22-2014 07:32 AM
Darkblade48
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Originally Posted by ray-the-pilot View Post
BTW the normal position for the system is "off" so it fails safe.
What am I missing here?
It is simple, it works, costs less and fails safe!

Maybe it is like the IPhone. The equipment used to make it is not worth the price of the phone but it is cool to have one.

I guess a really good regulator is not cool if it isn't the same old way.
Here are some threads with regards to the topic:

Take a look at what people have said about the electronic regulators that Aquarium Plants.com produces:

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/eq...ctor-dual.html

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/eq...regulator.html

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/eq...ronic-co2.html

Nowadays, it may not be possible to build a cheap (dual stage) system due to supply and demand, but when I built my setup, I managed to get everything (dual stage regulator, needle valve, solenoid, bubble counter, all fittings, and a 10 pound CO2 cylinder) for around $200, making this particular regulator not worth it.

That being said, you could purchase the cheapest single stage keg regulator that you can find and put a solenoid and needle valve on it, and call it a day too. Ultimately, it will achieve the same goal (namely, injecting CO2 into the aquarium).

What happens along the way (reliability, accuracy, whether or not it breaks down) are just additional things to consider that may increase the cost of a product in the end, so what you decide to purchase in the end depends on what you value the most.

The same goes for anything else (cars, electronics, clothing, etc). Why do some people buy a second hand car, while others purchase luxury sedans?
10-21-2014 06:11 PM
ray-the-pilot
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Originally Posted by Darkblade48 View Post
There was a thread several years ago where a user took apart this product. It is simply a solenoid that opens and closes rapidly.

I believe the general consensus was that having an entire system rely on a single point of failure was a bit unsettling. Furthermore, the equipment used itself was not worth $270.
BTW the normal position for the system is "off" so it fails safe.
What am I missing here?
It is simple, it works, costs less and fails safe!

Maybe it is like the IPhone. The equipment used to make it is not worth the price of the phone but it is cool to have one.

I guess a really good regulator is not cool if it isn't the same old way.
10-20-2014 11:52 PM
Darkblade48
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Originally Posted by ray-the-pilot View Post
Why didnít you get the AP.com CarbonDoser Electronic Co2 Regulator.
http://www.aquariumplants.com/CarbonDoser_Electronic_Co2_Regulator_p/co2.htm
It takes the place of all of these and only costs $270. I have had two for (I guess) 5 years and they are fantastic.
There was a thread several years ago where a user took apart this product. It is simply a solenoid that opens and closes rapidly.

I believe the general consensus was that having an entire system rely on a single point of failure was a bit unsettling. Furthermore, the equipment used itself was not worth $270.
10-20-2014 07:07 PM
ray-the-pilot
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Originally Posted by RickyJoeStrummer View Post
*a Victor single stage, dual gauge regulator like the one in the diagram at the beggining of this thread (cost 180$ on e-bay, only found the price goes up from there).
*an Ideal needle valve (cost 70$ aquariumplants.com)
*Burkerk Solinoid (cost 50$ from aquariumplants.com has to be fitted with power cable so check that)
*Aqua Medic Bubble counter (cost 30$ aquariumplants.com mine leakes, ordered one for 20$ that looks a lot better from greenleafaquariums.com)
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Why didn’t you get the AP.com CarbonDoser Electronic Co2 Regulator.
http://www.aquariumplants.com/CarbonDoser_Electronic_Co2_Regulator_p/co2.htm
It takes the place of all of these and only costs $270. I have had two for (I guess) 5 years and they are fantastic.
10-18-2014 07:05 AM
burr740 Fair point. Yeah a rugf is what Im talking about. I just got to thinking about various scenarios. It would definitely require a certain kind of platform and a deep(?), fine gravel bed.
10-18-2014 07:00 AM
Darkblade48
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Originally Posted by burr740 View Post
*Edit: Actually this might be a fantastic idea. Say you have a reactor already with near 100% dissolution. Instead of routing it to the tank via spray bar or whatever, pump it down through an undergravel filter, and let the CO2 enriched water seep up from the bottom to the top. Idk, just a thought...
Sounds like you're trying to use the premise of a RUGF and pumping CO2 rich water through it.

Might be more hassle than it's worth, since generally RUGF plates are not used for fear of roots getting tangled.
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