Regulators: Aquatek or Milwaukee?
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > Specific Aspects of a Planted Tank > Equipment


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-13-2013, 03:18 AM   #1
mr.bigglesworth
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: alamo, CA
Posts: 624
Default

Aquatek is on sale at amazon identical price as Milwaukee only the reviews are much better for the aquatek. Has any1 tried the aquatek co2 regulator with integrated solenoid for 98.99 on amazon? Which should I get?

Sent from Petguide.com Free App

Bump if nobody has anything to say I will just go with the Aquatek. After thorough research I have found most reviewers who have owned both a Milwaukee and Aquatek in the past say the Aquatek is better. Plus it comes with 15 feet of co2 tubing. I will make purchase on Monday for co2. Its gonna be 10lb aquariumplants.com tank and an aquatek I think.

Last edited by Darkblade48; 07-13-2013 at 08:12 AM.. Reason: Please use the edit function for back to back posts to keep threads cleaner
mr.bigglesworth is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 07-13-2013, 05:34 AM   #2
DoobieNaq
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Raceland, LA
Posts: 29
Default

I have just started with plants, and I went with the Aquatek Deluxe system. However, I didn't realize that I would need a bubble counter anyway because even at 1 scfh (measuring units for the meter) the valve and flow rate monitor lets out too much CO2 for an aquarium. The deluxe model seems to be more for green houses or aquaponic systems. I barely crack the metering valve for the flow rate that I need, which leaves the meter virtually useless. It seems to keep a fairly accurate rate so far, but I've only been using it for a few weeks so maybe someone who has been using it for a while will chime in.
DoobieNaq is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-13-2013, 07:08 AM   #3
gus6464
Wannabe Guru
 
PTrader: (7/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 1,600
Default

Whichever you go with I recommend the jbj bubble counter/check valve. You can get one from nilocg here. I put mineral oil in mine so I can count the bubbles easier. No issues with my aquatek basic though and have had it since 2011.
gus6464 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-13-2013, 08:13 AM   #4
King of Hyrule
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
King of Hyrule's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Posts: 487
Default

I have a Milwaukee from Amazon, it's treated me very well. Mine came damaged (shipping), I contacted the seller on Amazon and I had replacement parts overnight (a considerable cost to get it here to Hawaii) at no cost to me.

The unit was easy to setup, I followed the directions on the box, and referred to what I found online (here).
King of Hyrule is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-13-2013, 11:23 PM   #5
mr.bigglesworth
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: alamo, CA
Posts: 624
Default

OK I now officially have EVERYTHING figured out and in the shopping cart ready to press the purchase button. From cylinder to regulator, defuser, solenoid, bubble counter and co2 proof tubing. The total is about 216$.

10lb aluminum co2 tank from aquariumplants.com
Milwaukee MA957 Regulator with Solenoid and Bubble Counter
Red Sea Co2 Reactor 500 W/pump
10ft Co2 resistant tubing

Sent from Petguide.com Free App
mr.bigglesworth is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-14-2013, 02:53 AM   #6
gus6464
Wannabe Guru
 
PTrader: (7/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 1,600
Default

Do you have a canister filter? Because if you do a Cerges reactor would work better at diffusing for half the price.
gus6464 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-09-2013, 07:55 PM   #7
isellcars
Planted Member
 
isellcars's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: ATX
Posts: 246
Default

It might be a lot cheaper to buy a tank from a homebrew store. The one close to me sells a 10# for about half of what me lfs is asking for a 5#.
isellcars is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 06:47 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012