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Old 04-12-2013, 02:20 PM   #1
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Paintball CO2


I'm planning out my next tank, and was considering a paintball CO2 setup since it's a bit cheaper. I found this regulator for ~$30, which I've seen a few other people here use...

http://www.harborfreight.com/regulator-gauge-94841.html

My question is, with an adapter, will this be okay to use with paintball CO2? I noticed it has the wrong output gauge, could I just replace that with a normal 100psi pressure gauge?

My reason for getting this instead of the typical on/off valve for paintball CO2 is that I want to use a solenoid with this, so I am not gassing the fish at night or wasting CO2. Would this be worth it, or should I just get a paintball co2 setup from SnS (on/off valve, no regulator)?

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Old 04-12-2013, 09:42 PM   #2
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My question is, with an adapter, will this be okay to use with paintball CO2?
Yes, just switch out the CGA580 for the (included, I presume) CGA320 nipple and nut.

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I noticed it has the wrong output gauge, could I just replace that with a normal 100psi pressure gauge?
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My reason for getting this instead of the typical on/off valve for paintball CO2 is that I want to use a solenoid with this, so I am not gassing the fish at night or wasting CO2. Would this be worth it, or should I just get a paintball co2 setup from SnS (on/off valve, no regulator)?
I would advise against getting an on/off valve only. With an actual setup, you can switch to using a normal (CGA320 valve) CO2 cylinder if you decide to upsize in the future.

As you are already aware, you will need a solenoid. You will also need a needle valve and all the appropriate fittings as well.
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:08 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply! I'm still weighing between the two.. I already have a traditional co2 setup, but was looking for something cheaper, since most regulators are rather expensive (except the Harbor Freight one..)

I may give the cheap on/off valve a shot, hopefully it works well enough. I'll probably try running it 24/7 and throw an airstone on a timer in the tank for overnight. We'll see how it goes!
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I would rather use this thread for my inquiries on paintball set up.

I was looking for a CO2 regulator that is not too obtrusive for my new 2.5G setup. I have never used a paintball set up before so recommendations would be very helpful. The regulator and paintball Co2 tank will sit next to the tank, secured.

I was looking on this paintball reg on e bay item
130829917635. The seller mentioned this doesn't fit with paintball CGA320 cylinder.

Will that reg work on this tank. Item: 170951670334
Do I need O rings? Item no. 271140889003

I would appreciate and consider additional list that I may needed to efficiently run this set up.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 04-22-2013, 04:59 AM   #5
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To the OP...
I would recommend staying away from a simple ASA on-off setup especially on such a small tank. For one, saftey... You are basically working with 800psi. 2nd a small adjustment in bubble rate on a small tank could mean disaster for any fish/shrimp.

Herns...
That eBay reg is confusing... It looks like it's made for paintball however it could be the other way around... Made for 320 however need an adapter to use a paintball tank. One picture even shows an ASA on-off valve on the tank. I use a similar paintball tank and I changed its o-ring immediately.
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:54 PM   #6
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Herns...
That eBay reg is confusing... It looks like it's made for paintball however it could be the other way around... Made for 320 however need an adapter to use a paintball tank. One picture even shows an ASA on-off valve on the tank. I use a similar paintball tank and I changed its o-ring immediately.
I was exchanging messages of a HK e bay seller and he mentioned he has a CGA 320 adapter for sale to work with US paintball tanks.

I'll post update when I get the photo I requested.
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Herns, any drawbacks on the harbor freight regulator?
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