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Old 11-22-2012, 06:37 AM   #1
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Co2 regulator choice..


Hello all. I'm looking to buy a Co2 regulator for my tank. I am on an under $100 budget so I know I am very limited on choices.

I know I could afford either the Aquatek or the Milwaukee, and although I know they arent the best out there, but thats all I can afford. My question is, which one would everyone say is better than the other?
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:05 AM   #2
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I had both before and the pressure gauge didn't last for long time only a yr and half. So they about the same for me. Now I had a smith regulator for about 4 yrs now and never had a problem.
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:08 AM   #3
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I havent heard of a smith regulator. How much are they usually?
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Green leaf aquarium sells them they are good for their price.
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:59 AM   #5
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I assume the $100 budget that you have does not include the cost of the CO2 cylinder? 5 pound cylinders usually run anywhere from $65 and up.

If the $100 is your budget excluding the cylinder, then I would suggest if you feel comfortable building your own pressurized CO2 system from parts, you could look for sales on no ebay links allowed

There were some good Victor 450D that I saw as well as a Matheson last week; these were $35 and under (with shipping, under $50 if you are in the US). The Matheson closed at $20 (I estimate $35 with shipping?)

There are also some nice Parker metering valves for less than $30 shipped.

Add in a few brass fittings, etc, and you have something that can be built for less than $100 (no bubble counter nor solenoid, though).
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:45 AM   #6
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Ok thanks ill have to look into that
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