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Old 07-09-2013, 07:42 PM   #1
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ISTA Co2 Kit?


I was thinking about getting 1 of these for my 90g. Here is the link, it comes prefilled. Has anybody had any bad experiences with this product? As far as I understand, this is a plug and play system, correct?

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...5&pcatid=24115
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Old 07-09-2013, 07:50 PM   #2
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For that amount of money you can get something much better. A 1L tank won't last very long on a big tank and there's no mention of what kind of tank it is or how to refill it.

Gathering tubing, a diffuser, and a bubble counter (which may not even be that useful for the amount of CO2 needed on a 90G) is not really that difficult.
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Old 07-09-2013, 07:58 PM   #3
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Can you give me links for a co2 tank, regulator, and needle valve that will all work together?

For example, I thought maybe for the co2 tank this https://www.aquariumplants.com/Alumi...isters_p/t.htm

and the regulator this Amazon.com: Milwaukee Instruments Solenoid Valve, CO2 Regulator with Bubble Counter: Pet Supplies

But what should I get for the needle valve?

Do I need anything else for co2 besides a 5lb co2 tank from here https://www.aquariumplants.com/Alumi...isters_p/t.htm

and the regulator from here Amazon.com: Milwaukee Instruments Solenoid Valve, CO2 Regulator with Bubble Counter: Pet Supplies

Ok I have narrowed it down to either a 5lb or 10lb co2 tank from aquariumplants.com

and for the regulator either a milwaukee or the much more expensive aquariumplants.com electronic regulator. Besides these 2 things anything else I need?

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Old 07-09-2013, 10:53 PM   #4
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You need some means of getting the CO2 into your tank, but the choice is up to you. I think most people would suggest a reactor on a tank that large - there are some fairly simple DIY options if you search.
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:20 AM   #5
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Ok, so I am assuming this 'reactor' is just a means of getting the co2 to dissolve into the aquarium? I dont think I want to spend 50$ on a reactor, nor deal with diy, whats wrong with something like this
Amazon.com : Nano CO2 Diffuser - Glass Reactor for Aquarium Plants : Aquarium Air Pump Accessories : Patio, Lawn & Garden Amazon.com : Nano CO2 Diffuser - Glass Reactor for Aquarium Plants : Aquarium Air Pump Accessories : Patio, Lawn & Garden
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Old 07-11-2013, 10:22 PM   #6
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Anyone?
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Old 07-11-2013, 10:32 PM   #7
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search for "ista max mix" on amazon. easy, cheap, very effective.
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Old 07-11-2013, 10:34 PM   #8
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Quote:
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search for "ista max mix" on amazon. easy, cheap, very effective.
I dont want the ista system anymore. Please read the thread...
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Old 07-11-2013, 10:35 PM   #9
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I use the ista max mix as well, and I like it. However, if you dont want to run it inline with your filter (it would go on the output side), the CO2 diffuser you linked to would be fine as well.
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Old 07-11-2013, 10:36 PM   #10
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it's not a system. it's a reactor.
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Old 07-11-2013, 10:51 PM   #11
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it's not a system. it's a reactor.
Oh sorry about that. I like the price on this, I will definitely be purchasing that for the diffuser. Thanks. But are the 10lb aquariumplants.com co2 tanks and a milwaukee regulator compatible?
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Old 07-11-2013, 10:57 PM   #12
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yep, they're both CGA320
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