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|01-26-2016 06:43 PM|
Originally Posted by kevmo911 View Post
|01-16-2016 04:02 PM|
|01-16-2016 03:51 PM|
Is this a good option for an all-in-one to start out with?
|01-04-2016 11:26 PM|
Planted Aquarium CO2 Systems Specialists | CO2Art.co.uk
Form personal experience, I've found that if you look into CO2 regulators for beer production you might be able to find one that handles the right tubing - there are a multitude on Amazon.
|01-04-2016 02:12 PM|
Originally Posted by cpwebsite View Post
Is there a place you recommend to find such a setup? I guess I really just need the full regulator setup and then I will get the tank, tubing, check valve and inline diffuser. I haven't had a lot of luck outside of Dr's Foster and Smith on finding a complete setup and theirs have items I feel I don't need.
|01-04-2016 06:07 AM|
|cpwebsite||Personally I recommend that most start with purchasing a full setup online. While building your own setup can provide higher quality parts and be a fun project, it is difficult and expensive. More so, there is a large amount of room to make mistakes. It is much simpler to purchase a setup to learn how everything works and then move on to a custom setup when you understand everything better.|
|01-04-2016 05:35 AM|
|01-04-2016 12:48 AM|
|hoover86||Whoa, that's quite the list of parts. How does this compare in price to a fully assembled setup though? Seems a fully assembled one probably isn't much more of a cost and it's ready to go out of the box...|
|01-03-2016 06:08 AM|
|kevmo911||Oh, and a 5lb+ cylinder @ $65+, plus fill ($10-20). So The total, including extras and filled cylinder, comes to $355 max.|
|01-03-2016 05:46 AM|
Here's a sample individually-sourced rig:
Evilbay regulator: $75 shipped. You can pay $25 to $300+, but for $75, there's no reason you can't have a really nice-looking, perfectly functional industrial (high) quality used regulator.
In order, from regulator to solenoid to needle valve to tubing:
Clippard 1/4 to 1/8 bushing (4CQN) $1.32
Swagelok 2" Hex Long Nipple (B-2-HLN-2.00) $5.03
Swagelok 1/8" street elbow (B-2-SE) $10.15
Clippard Mouse solenoid (ET-2-24) $28.56
Clippard Mouse mount (15490-5, 1/8" NPT ports) $7.29
Clippard Spade connectors (3831-1) $3.71
Evilbay 24V adapter $5
Swagelok 1/8" male elbow (B-2-ME) $8.82
Fabco-Air needle valve (NV-55-18) $34.75
Swagelok 1/8" NPT to 1/8" Barb (B-2-HC-1-2) $4.51
Clippard shipping: ~$24
Swagelok shipping: ~$10-20 (not sure)
Fabco-Air shipping: ~$12
Total: $240.14 (max)
Clippard fittings are very reasonable, but shipping is honestly offensive from Clippard.com. It'll be a bit difficult to source everything without going through the Clippard website, though.
Swagelok fittings are expensive, and you might save a bit on Evilbay, either for Swagelok or any other manufacturer's fittings (they'll all work fine). Shipping is reasonable but not cheap.
Fabco-Air nv shipping is on the steep end of reasonable, but you probably can't get it anywhere else.
The Clippard Mouse solenoid is good quality, and fairly cheap.
The Swagelok fittings can be substituted with any other manufacturer's fittings.
The Fabco-Air valve is decent quality, *definitely* better than anything from a prebuilt rig.
You can save some cash, maybe up to $50, by substituting Swagelok and Clippard fittings by Evilbay fittings.
On top of the listed price, you'll need at least one check valve, tubing, some type of bubble counter, and drop checker (recommended). Add another $20-30 for those.
|01-03-2016 03:39 AM|
|01-02-2016 05:07 PM|
|hoover86||Is there a good place to go to get a complete setup that would save time and money piecing one together?|
|12-06-2015 11:38 PM|
Originally Posted by Marilize View Post
As the HP gauge on certain regs will push up against the cylinder knob with only a 2" nipple, I'd suggest sticking to 2 1/2" or longer. Also, certain older model regs don't use the standard 1/4" NPT threads. You might post the model or a link to your reg to get a more specific answer.
|12-06-2015 11:15 PM|
|Marilize||Are the fittings like $10 - $20 on ebay? Just making sure I'm looking at the right thing. It also looks like there are a couple different sizes possibly? Any tips for what to look for or is it pretty standard?|
|11-30-2015 02:48 AM|
|Fishbarrie||Thank you. Just set up my CO2 system in my 90 gal and your information was very helpful; both in the design and the set up.|
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