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10-04-2016 06:15 AM
Darkblade48
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Originally Posted by Hilde View Post
Parker H3L needle valve is listed $394 at valinonline. Did you pay that much for it?
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Originally Posted by jeffkrol View Post
Nobody pays that much.
Scavenged from eek bay more than likely.. Doubt it was more than $30....
Correct. I think I paid 20 something USD for it. It was back when there was this guy that had 100+ for sale and a bunch of us jumped onto the bandwagon

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Originally Posted by Hilde View Post
So many Parkers on eek bay. Suggestion on how to thin it out?

Searching on eekbay and amazon I only found this precision needle valve by
I think Bettatail composed a good list; otherwise, you will have to go through the spec sheets yourself.

I used to have the time to do this myself, but work/life has been busy lately, so I haven't really had time to build more regulator setups.
10-03-2016 03:44 PM
Hilde
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Originally Posted by jeffkrol View Post
Nobody pays that much.
Scavenged from eek bay more than likely.. Doubt it was more than $30....
So many Parkers on eek bay. Suggestion on how to thin it out?

Searching on eekbay and amazon I only found this precision needle valve by Up Aqua which similar to the 1 I got with a Citric Co2 kit
10-03-2016 03:26 PM
jeffkrol
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Originally Posted by Hilde View Post
Parker H3L needle valve is listed $394 at valinonline. Did you pay that much for it?

Nobody pays that much.
Scavenged from eek bay more than likely.. Doubt it was more than $30....
10-03-2016 02:44 PM
Hilde
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Originally Posted by Darkblade48 View Post
That was an older setup. I swapped out the Swagelok for a Parker H3L mainly for aesthetic/functional reasons (the Parker had a nice vernier while the Swagelok didn't; both are excellent valves, however)
Parker H3L needle valve is listed $394 at valinonline. Did you pay that much for it?
10-03-2016 12:44 AM
Darkblade48
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Originally Posted by jobney View Post
I just found an old post on another forum once I searched for your regulator on google. Is the one below a separate setup or pre-upgrade? Just curious.
That was an older setup. I swapped out the Swagelok for a Parker H3L mainly for aesthetic/functional reasons (the Parker had a nice vernier while the Swagelok didn't; both are excellent valves, however)
10-02-2016 06:26 PM
jobney
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Originally Posted by Darkblade48 View Post
I don't think I did, but here are the parts I have:

Victor HPT272
Parker H3L metering valve
Fabco solenoid (forgot the part number)
JBJ style bubble counter
Miscellaneous brass fittings
10 pound CO2 cylinder
Airline tubing
Check valve (had them lying around)
I just found an old post on another forum once I searched for your regulator on google. Is the one below a separate setup or pre-upgrade? Just curious.

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Originally Posted by Darkblade48 View Post
Joined: 21 Jun 2004
Location: Yokohama, Japan
PostPosted: 2010.01.06(Wed)14:51
Enjoy the update!

January 5 2009

Here is the setup as of yesterday. I didn't bother taking out the equipment before a shot, and I couldn't find a nice black background, so I just used blue.



Current setup is:

1x 6500K 13W CFL bulb
1x 3500K 26W CFL bulb

Red Sea Nano Filter

Fluorite Black Sand substrate

Pressurized CO2 (see below)


CO2 setup is:

10 lb tank
Victor HPT272-350B regulator
Parker solenoid
Swagelok B-SS2-A metering valve
JBJ bubble counter

Current flora include:
Dwarf Hairgrass
Anubias barteri var. 'nana'
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10-02-2016 11:41 AM
Darkblade48
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Originally Posted by jobney View Post
Did you ever post a parts list of the setup pictured? If not could you?
I don't think I did, but here are the parts I have:

Victor HPT272
Parker H3L metering valve
Fabco solenoid (forgot the part number)
JBJ style bubble counter
Miscellaneous brass fittings
10 pound CO2 cylinder
Airline tubing
Check valve (had them lying around)
10-02-2016 04:45 AM
jobney
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Originally Posted by Darkblade48 View Post
I believe the whole setup cost me around $150 Canadian.
Did you ever post a parts list of the setup pictured? If not could you?
09-19-2016 01:50 PM
Hilde
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Originally Posted by Heartnet View Post
I do have a suggestion.

For the methods of CO2 diffusion, a more elaborate introduction and step-by-step guide to the inline CO2 reactors would indefinitely help beginners.
Just buy an inline reactor on Ebay for about $15. You can not make 1 any cheaper

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Originally Posted by Centromochlus View Post
i think it's important for people to know that these can be dangerous things to have in your home. Take all pre-caucions necessary to be safe.
Yeh I am anchoring mine to the wall.
09-19-2016 01:38 PM
Darkblade48
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Originally Posted by Hilde View Post
I had to buy adapters on Amazon. Lately read of someone getting adapters at Fastenal Industrial supplies.

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That is $113 US. Good price! When did you set it up?
There are lots of places to get adapters cheaply. This is particularly true if you buy them in bulk.

I set up my CO2 a few years ago, before the big hype (which caused massive price increases)
09-19-2016 01:36 PM
Hilde
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Originally Posted by Darkblade48 View Post
Between the regulator and the solenoid: Ensure that the fittings match (i.e. 1/8" to 1/8", or get the necessary adapters. Adapters can be bought for a few dollars at Home Depot and/or Rona.

Between the solenoid and the needle valve: Again, ensure that the fitting sizes match. If they don't, you can buy the necessary adapters at the hardware store.
I had to buy adapters on Amazon. Lately read of someone getting adapters at Fastenal Industrial supplies.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Darkblade48 View Post
I believe the whole setup cost me around $150 Canadian.
That is $113 US. Good price! When did you set it up?
09-19-2016 01:35 PM
Darkblade48
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hilde View Post
What did this setup cost you?

I am dreaming of doing a setup with a 5lb tank.
I believe the whole setup cost me around $150 Canadian.
09-19-2016 01:32 PM
Hilde
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Originally Posted by Darkblade48 View Post
Here, I will discuss how to put everything together. Hopefully, I will have some instructive images as well.
The setup I will be describing is as below:
What did this setup cost you?

I am dreaming of doing a setup with a 5lb tank.
04-30-2016 06:36 PM
Doogy262
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Originally Posted by Julie7778 View Post
Hey guys! Love the write up. Im thinking of buying a used Milwaukee CO2 Regulator and it comes with a 10lb tank, needle valve and solenoid.

This is my first real system and I'm worried I'll buy a bad system, or I'll gas my fish.. Anyone know if that is a good regulator and how not to gas my fish?
Hi Julie,I have two,one for a year and a half the other for three years with no issues other than as darkblade stated the needle valve is not easy to get right but with a little patience it can be done.I did change out the needle valve for an ideal and have had no issues.
04-30-2016 05:59 PM
Darkblade48
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Originally Posted by Julie7778 View Post
Hey guys! Love the write up. Im thinking of buying a used Milwaukee CO2 Regulator and it comes with a 10lb tank, needle valve and solenoid.

This is my first real system and I'm worried I'll buy a bad system, or I'll gas my fish.. Anyone know if that is a good regulator and how not to gas my fish?
Commercial regulators such as the Milwaukee are fine for beginners, but you may have to adjust/fiddle around with the needle valve a bit more to get a stable flow.
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