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Forum: Equipment   01-28-2017, 03:25 AM
Replies: 2
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Posted By kevmo911
Mostly, a gauge is a gauge. Ashcroft are nice...

Mostly, a gauge is a gauge. Ashcroft are nice but pretty boring. Swagelok gauges, readily available at reduced prices through Evilbay, add a bit of color. It doesn't really matter what they're...
Forum: Equipment   01-15-2017, 01:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 385
Posted By kevmo911
I suspect a 6-point socket would be more...

I suspect a 6-point socket would be more effective than a 12-point socket I've tried to use in the past. However, if you're not concerned about the condition of the nipple to be removed, in my...
Forum: Equipment   01-07-2017, 02:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 608
Posted By kevmo911
Dope is too messy for my taste, though some...

Dope is too messy for my taste, though some others use it. But that's the stuff I tried, and it worked. However, I've seen reports of it being blown out of threads at high pressure connections -...
Forum: Equipment   12-31-2016, 08:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 827
Posted By kevmo911
As surface filters go, AquaClears are top of the...

As surface filters go, AquaClears are top of the game. As for how powerful you'd need, I used an AC70 on a 25G tank. It was enough, and maybe a bit more than enough filtration, but it had a very...
Forum: Equipment   12-31-2016, 02:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 418
Posted By kevmo911
You might try a standard Burkert with 1/8" NPT...

You might try a standard Burkert with 1/8" NPT ports that works with 120V (so no adapter, and no funky wiring). Looks like you'd need a power cord - easy to wire - that you can save a few bucks by...
Forum: Equipment   12-31-2016, 02:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 300
Posted By kevmo911
Don't do that. It's really not designed for the...

Don't do that. It's really not designed for the low flow that we use, and will be really difficult to tweak. If you're determined to go cheap and paintball, I think this is probably your best bet:...
Forum: Equipment   12-28-2016, 08:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 342
Posted By kevmo911
The first step, when something weird is going on...

The first step, when something weird is going on with pressure, is to do a leak test.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/9-equipment/137245-complete-leak-check-co2-pressurized-system.html

You...
Forum: Equipment   12-28-2016, 07:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 905
Posted By kevmo911
That's an excellent price for a functional...

That's an excellent price for a functional two-stage Conaoa 212. However, it's likely not something I would have taken a gamble on, if that were the picture on Evilbay, as all the fittings show that...
Forum: Equipment   12-28-2016, 07:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 412
Posted By kevmo911
GLA is an excellent retailer. But, yes, you'll...

GLA is an excellent retailer. But, yes, you'll spend a good $100 more than their $200 basic price when it's all said and done. And for a beginner, that's a good place and price to start at. It's...
Forum: Equipment   12-28-2016, 02:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 905
Posted By kevmo911
They are. The basic models, anyway. And if you...

They are. The basic models, anyway. And if you bought those same exact components - the ones for the basic PRO and GRO models, retail (including shipping), you'd probably save $10-20 but be without...
Forum: Equipment   12-27-2016, 11:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 905
Posted By kevmo911
The 212's are Concoa 212's, the Fisher 10-572's...

The 212's are Concoa 212's, the Fisher 10-572's mostly look like a Victor single stage ...the model number might be GPS270 or something like that, but there's one 10-572 that looks like the two-stage...
Forum: Equipment   12-26-2016, 08:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 276
Posted By kevmo911
They'll (regulators) all generally work equally...

They'll (regulators) all generally work equally well. There are functional differences in most models, but generally none of them make a lick of difference for us. The key characteristics are...
Forum: Equipment   12-20-2016, 04:29 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 947
Posted By kevmo911
Eheim is always the best choice in cans. I've...

Eheim is always the best choice in cans. I've seen too many "this crap leaked all over my floor!" threads about Fluvals to ever buy one. If you're going budget, I recommend you go with SunSun. ...
Forum: Equipment   12-18-2016, 02:34 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,164
Posted By kevmo911
New countertops are very nice! ...as are the...

New countertops are very nice! ...as are the new refrigerator, stove, microwave, and dishwasher. Big money, but yeah, it's a pretty sweet upgrade :)
Forum: Equipment   12-18-2016, 02:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 337
Posted By kevmo911
In my experience, even the highest quality...

In my experience, even the highest quality expensive check valves, such as those made by Parker and Swagelok, are prone to failure over time, especially when they come into direct contact with water....
Forum: Equipment   12-11-2016, 06:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 261
Posted By kevmo911
There are at least scores, and probably hundreds,...

There are at least scores, and probably hundreds, of threads on the Aquatek rig on this site. While there may be slight differences, there's really only one basic model. There are stories of...
Forum: Equipment   12-11-2016, 03:58 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,164
Posted By kevmo911
There's no good reason for those bubbles to be...

There's no good reason for those bubbles to be moving up, against the flow of water, unless that pump is gimpy or flow is badly throttled somewhere. Does the outflow look like there's plenty of...
Forum: Equipment   12-08-2016, 11:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 397
Posted By kevmo911
You probably figured out that Inside Diameter...

You probably figured out that Inside Diameter (ID) is usually what people are referring to when they talk about canister hoses. But just keep in mind that while barb size and ID need to match, there...
Forum: Equipment   11-20-2016, 12:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 382
Posted By kevmo911
Just to make sure, did you build the reactor...

Just to make sure, did you build the reactor correctly? The water flows in from the top (and out the bottom), and the CO2 enters near the top?
Forum: Equipment   11-09-2016, 06:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 363
Posted By kevmo911
The silvery-looking ones aren't stainless steel,...

The silvery-looking ones aren't stainless steel, they're just silvery-looking, despite what they may be advertised as. And they're all made somewhere in east Asia. Whether they're freestanding or...
Forum: Equipment   11-08-2016, 02:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 260
Posted By kevmo911
Unfortunately, you won't be able to use a...

Unfortunately, you won't be able to use a solenoid with that setup. What you have is appears to be a cartridge with an on/off valve attached. The main valve and needle valve can tweak the "working...
Forum: Equipment   11-05-2016, 08:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 269
Posted By kevmo911
Right. Remember that when you're dealing with...

Right. Remember that when you're dealing with different pressures, the volume of the air trapped in the two stages will be drastically different when expanded at 0 psi at room temperature. The...
Forum: Equipment   11-05-2016, 06:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 269
Posted By kevmo911
Yes, there's a leak in the diaphragm between the...

Yes, there's a leak in the diaphragm between the first and second stages. Unfortunately, the regulator is probably toast.

If you paid a lot for it, it might be worth sending it out to be...
Forum: Equipment   10-27-2016, 12:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 603
Posted By kevmo911
Praxair and Concoa are the same company, and the...

Praxair and Concoa are the same company, and the model numbers usually aren't different. Yes, that looks like a 312 should look. A 302 is a single stage. Nice score!
Forum: Equipment   10-17-2016, 09:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 242
Posted By kevmo911
Also keep in mind that handle diameter plays a...

Also keep in mind that handle diameter plays a big role, even though it's rarely talked about. The S series standard handles are tiny, but the available vernier handles are much larger. I did some...
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