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Today 03:46 AM
cart
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Originally Posted by Steverino View Post
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...
Don't get a regulator from overseas if you can. Should anything break or malfunction, it takes a long time to get the replacement part. I decided to get a CO2Art regulator and it took almost 3 weeks to get the package. Then the gas leaked through one of the gauges on day 2. Now I have to wait for a week or so to get the new gauge. Wish I just bought from GLA in the first place.
03-18-2017 09:20 PM
Steverino
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Originally Posted by Darkblade48 View Post
Are you talking about an inline (e.g. in between airline tubing) or plumbed to the regulator?

You should always use a check valve (or two) regardless of what bubble counter you plan to use.


No, this is likely an on/off valve, or a flow valve. It will not be provide fine enough control for our purposes.
Strange - I replied earlier, but it didn't post.
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 07:01 PM
Darkblade48
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Originally Posted by Steverino View Post
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?
Are you talking about an inline (e.g. in between airline tubing) or plumbed to the regulator?

You should always use a check valve (or two) regardless of what bubble counter you plan to use.

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Originally Posted by Steverino View Post
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?
No, this is likely an on/off valve, or a flow valve. It will not be provide fine enough control for our purposes.
03-18-2017 05:49 PM
Hilde
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Originally Posted by Steverino View Post
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...
Yeh I don't like the solenoids they have. If you know the different measuring units of connectors you may. I didn't thus had to double order some parts. For solenoid I bought an EVO-3-12 on Ebay. I just put a screw in the top. Something discussed with 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
Steverino 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
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Originally Posted by Steverino View Post
My regulator came with an additional small valve (stamped 111C) on the output port. effectively act as my needle valve, or do I need to replace it with one of the units (Fabco, etc) talked about here?
Silver part 111C is just a connector. Here is cheap 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
Steverino Hi all,

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!

Steve



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
Darkblade48
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Originally Posted by BettaBettas View Post
Thank God is all I have to say lol
I'm glad it helped you
02-17-2017 09:53 PM
BettaBettas Thank God is all I have to say lol
10-04-2016 05:15 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 02:44 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 02:26 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 01:44 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?
10-02-2016 11:44 PM
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)
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