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|Today 08:47 AM|
Originally Posted by akd200 View Post
If you are set on a certain pH drop (say half a point only), then you will be injecting less CO2 into the water, and there is a possibility that plants will not have an adequate amount of CO2.
Essentially, a controller will do that at the expense of the needs of the plants.
|Today 06:52 AM|
Jumping jack flash, what a gass!
to planted tanks and planted tanks. So what I do not understand is I know the plants will use the CO2, but the controller shuts off the CO2 over and below a PH level, how does the controller make sure the plants get adequate CO2 without over gassing the tank. I think I understand CO2 changes the PH, but does a controller do that at the expense of plants and fish.
Being that you stated you do not think these are necessary can you address this questions or direct this to someone who can cure my cerebral/Rectal inversion.
|Yesterday 11:25 AM|
|Steverino||Thanks for the warning. I ended up getting an Air Products E12-215D off of eBay (see above), and a post body kit from diyco2regulator.com (that includes all fittings, Fabco needle, and Clippard solenoid). Rex Grigg reactor parts from Lowes. Hope to start putting things together this weekend. I'm expecting total cost, including a new 10# aluminum cylinder, to be under $300.|
|Yesterday 03:46 AM|
|03-18-2017 09:20 PM|
I would prefer plumbed to the reg., but am fine with inline too. Just want a decent counter.
Roger the check valve(s). I've read not to trust the JBJ built-in ones as well.
I figured the valve wouldn't work - just hoping to save a few bucks.
Thanks for your help!
|03-18-2017 08:08 PM|
Roger the check valve(s). I had already read not to trust the JBJ counter checks. Will go separate.
Regarding the other valve, thanks for confirming my suspicions. I had a sliver of hope for some $ savings...
Thanks for the help - much appreciated!
|03-18-2017 07:01 PM|
You should always use a check valve (or two) regardless of what bubble counter you plan to use.
|03-18-2017 05:49 PM|
|Hilde||PlantedRich I still haven't set it up for life keeps getting in the way. I am very nervous about setting it up so I don't want to do it when I am rushed for time or half awake.|
|03-18-2017 05:14 PM|
Thanks for the reply & the links! On the 111C, I'm a little confused since it does have a knob so must be a valve of some sort (that being said, it may not be a needle valve, or precise enough for this purpose)
I did look at AZOO & Co2Art, and was tempted to go that way. I am hoping I can put together a unit with somewhat higher level components while still not breaking the bank. Guess we'll see...
|03-18-2017 04:00 PM|
|Hilde||Fabco needle valve. Their shipping is expensive. After getting all the parts for DIY paintball Co2 system I have come to realize it would have been cheaper to buy a regulator setup such as 1 by AZOO or Co2Art|
|03-18-2017 03:13 PM|
I'm working on my first C02 setup. Been doing a lot of reading here, Barr Report, & elsewhere. Steep learning curve ...
Bought a used Air Products E12-215D regulator, and need to assemble the rest of the components. I have two questions:
1. I intend to build a Rex reactor and will therefore need a bubble counter inline ahead of that. Seems like there are lots of cheap JBJ ones out there, but the quality apparently isn't good. Do I go with one of them anyway with a good additional check valve (Swagelok or equivalent) at the regulator, or is there a better option?
2. My regulator came with an additional small valve (stamped 111C) on the output port. (see pics) Could that effectively act as my needle valve, or do I need to replace it with one of the units (Fabco, etc) talked about here?
Thanks in advance for any help!
|03-09-2017 06:14 PM|
|clownplanted||Darkblade I just wanted to thank you a ton for this write-up. I am new at planted tanks and wanted to go pressurized co2 and because of your write-up and others out there I took the plunge and am waiting on my parts for my setup. I will make another post with the build. Thank you again.|
|02-18-2017 08:41 AM|
Originally Posted by BettaBettas View Post
|02-17-2017 09:53 PM|
|BettaBettas||Thank God is all I have to say lol|
|10-04-2016 05:15 AM|
Originally Posted by Hilde View Post
Originally Posted by jeffkrol View Post
Originally Posted by Hilde View Post
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.
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