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Old 11-08-2012, 12:47 AM   #1
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Good Regulator for the Price or can I get better?


http://greenleafaquariums.com/co2-re...regulator.html

I'm looking to upgrade to from my MA957 to something better, but not the top of the top. I want something for less than $200, and I know I can build my own, but I worry about the work and making mistakes. I looked at GLA first because I trust them and they seem reliable. Should I pick up this regulator? Or are there other ones that are better for less?
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If you are worried about building your own, you can always check on the SnS of these forums; there are many users that will build a pressurized CO2 setup for less.
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If you are worried about building your own, you can always check on the SnS of these forums; there are many users that will build a pressurized CO2 setup for less.
Yeah, for more than $200.
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No one has answered my question yet...
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http://greenleafaquariums.com/co2-re...regulator.html

I'm looking to upgrade to from my MA957 to something better, but not the top of the top. I want something for less than $200, and I know I can build my own, but I worry about the work and making mistakes. I looked at GLA first because I trust them and they seem reliable. Should I pick up this regulator? Or are there other ones that are better for less?
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GLA has a good reputation. That said, your choice of regulator is fine except for its needle valve. I would suggest that you get one with Ideal needle valve either with or without the bubble counter. I would get the one without the bubble counter and use an auxiliary bubble counter. The ones with the Fabco NV-55 needle valve look like the #10-32 models and not the 1/8" models. Orlando could build you one with the 1/8" NV-55 needle valve. Fabco is practically in Orlando's back yard. I would still go with the Ideal needle valve models though.
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Should I pick up this regulator? Or are there other ones that are better for less?
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There are setups that use better parts for the same amount of money or slightly more.
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There are setups that use better parts for the same amount of money or slightly more.
Can you link me to any? Specifics are important to me. If it's ebay you can just PM me a link, if that's okay with the mods.
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Let's go for a Lexus:

2-stage brand new SS regulator (Item 261122941006) ~$110 shipped
Top of the line brand new SS solenoid (150936952401) ~$43 shipped
Top of the line brand new SS needle valve (130798547411) ~$28 shipped
JBJ-style BC: ~$12
Power converter ~$6
NPT Brass connectors: say, $30

Grand Total: ~$230

You can build a Camry for ~$50 less
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Let's go for a Lexus:

2-stage brand new SS regulator (Item 261122941006) ~$110 shipped
Top of the line brand new SS solenoid (150936952401) ~$43 shipped
Top of the line brand new SS needle valve (130798547411) ~$28 shipped
JBJ-style BC: ~$12
Power converter ~$6
NPT Brass connectors: say, $30

Grand Total: ~$230

You can build a Camry for ~$50 less
Lexus!!! :P
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it is a Lamborghini :P
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And where does one buy the parts to make a regulator?
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You do not make the regulator yourself, you buy it. Please see the first item of my post. Then you connect all the parts together with NPT connectors to make a complete working 'system': regulator + solenoid + needle valve + co2 line connection.
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You do not make the regulator yourself, you buy it. Please see the first item of my post. Then you connect all the parts together with NPT connectors to make a complete working 'system': regulator + solenoid + needle valve + co2 line connection.
Yeah, I meant regulator + postbody. :P
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:17 PM   #15
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I got mine from bettatail for $190 shipped a few months back that hasn't given me any problems ever. Im sure its not these fancy parts that everyone covets, but it gives me no grief and is no maintenance. Perfect if you ask me. And its dual stage.
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