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Zefrik 01-01-2012 11:34 PM

Switching from Diy co2 to Pressurized
 
I have been using DIY co2 for about a year now and it is getting really old. One of the reasons I have not really tried to get a pressurized system is because I found the whole thing kind of overwhelming and a little over the top. I was also worried about being able to find a place that would refill a tank for me. I have been looking around and I think I might now know what to get. I want to get a regulator and solenoid and an adapter for a paintball can. Let me paste some links of what I am looking to get.

- http://www.marinedepot.com/CO2_Regul...FICORE-vi.html

- http://www.marinedepot.com/Accessori...FICOCA-vi.html

With these will I be able to run from a regular tank as well as use the adapter to use a paintball tank too? Also is this everything except for the tubing and a deffuser?

- I know paintball tanks won't last as long but I want to have the option to use it in case I have problems filling a bigger tank.

- It will be running on a 40 gallon Breeder.

Higher Thinking 01-02-2012 12:05 AM

I don't know about that regulator personally, but I think you could get a better regulator for that kind of money, or even less. You can buy a cheap regulator like the one from Aquatek and then buy a post body kit from a member such as BettaTail. I have bought multiple units from him. The post body kit is the solenoid, needle valve combination that will just screw on to the regulator. You need a wrench to switch them out, but I did it successfully my first time.

Also, I bought the Reef Fanatic regulator/solenoid combo from Aqua Cave for $150 and that thing has been working awesome. If I get some more time I'll research some more ideas and perhaps your potential product in particular.

OVT 01-02-2012 12:31 AM

Check Power Trader links on this forum, especially this post from bettatail: there is a lot of information there and you can get some pricing ideas there also. Then PM bettatail and he will advise you on what's best for you. Quality people here.

I've done pressurized CO2 10 different ways from "mini' disposable cartridges, to beer regulators to industrial regulators: you learn a lot along the way, but in the end you will end up like the rest of us: with a CO2 tank, 2-stage regulator, solenoid valve, and a precision metering valve. Learn from my mistakes :)

samamorgan 01-02-2012 04:04 AM

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Originally Posted by OVT (Post 1656911)
Then PM bettatail and he will advise you on what's best for you.

Try not to ask the same questions everyone asks though, the forum has a search function that will most likely answer whatever you need. Guys like bettatail deal with many peoples PMs every day and im sure getting the same set of questions over and over is pretty annoying.

Rich Conley 01-02-2012 03:28 PM

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Originally Posted by samamorgan (Post 1657182)
Try not to ask the same questions everyone asks though, the forum has a search function that will most likely answer whatever you need. Guys like bettatail deal with many peoples PMs every day and im sure getting the same set of questions over and over is pretty annoying.


The search function is only helpful if you know what to search for. Newbies don't. Telling them to search neither helps them, nor reduces clutter on the forums.

Zefrik 01-03-2012 09:14 PM

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Zefrik 01-04-2012 06:26 PM

How about this one?
 
http://www.amazon.com/Milwaukee-Inst...5705123&sr=8-4

Wicket_lfe 01-04-2012 06:41 PM

I just bought the aquatek regulator with solenoid and their paintball tank adapter for about $80 shipped on fleabay. I'll let you know how that turns out.

samamorgan 01-04-2012 07:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Rich Conley (Post 1657538)
The search function is only helpful if you know what to search for. Newbies don't. Telling them to search neither helps them, nor reduces clutter on the forums.


Oh i wasnt tanking about reducing clutter on the forums, i was talking about not annoying Bettatail. Im willing to bet he gets the same set of questions 20 times a day, and would apprecuate a well informed buyer :)

Zefrik 01-05-2012 12:24 AM

bump

galabar 01-05-2012 12:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by samamorgan (Post 1660876)
Oh i wasnt tanking about reducing clutter on the forums, i was talking about not annoying Bettatail. Im willing to bet he gets the same set of questions 20 times a day, and would apprecuate a well informed buyer :)

Anyone who wants to sell something should have an infinite supply of patients when dealing with potential buyers. :)

proaudio55 01-05-2012 10:41 AM

My advice when going to pressurized is BE CAREFUL!!! With a yeast+sugar system, it's almost impossible to dump too much CO2 into a tank. With a pressurized tank, you can asphyxiate all the critters to death in less than an hour if you're not paying attention or a needle valve gets bumped or whatever.

In case of emergency, be sure to keep an air pump w/ air stone ready at all times. If you critters start gasping at the surface, a bubbling air stone will drive off the CO2 and increase the O2. I speak from experience, I stunned my fish twice. . . it didn't kill them, but I felt bad about the whole thing.


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