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Old 05-29-2014, 04:07 AM   #1
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Foster and Smith co2 setup


So I'm entertaining the idea of pressurized co2. I haven't the slightest idea where to begin research. I stumbled upon this product from Dr foster and Smith and would like to hear some opinions on it. My main concerns are can I use a paintball canister with this and is it a good value (seems so to me)? Here's a link to the setup
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...fm?pcatid=9935

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Old 05-29-2014, 06:13 AM   #2
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Value-wise, it is probably OK. However, I am always a bit wary of mass produced pressurized CO2 setups and regulators like the one in your link (an Azoo regulator).

If you do a search on the forums, you will find varying opinions regarding the regulator.

I do not think it is compatible with a paintball canister, and is for use with a "normal" CO2 cylinder (with a CGA320 fitting).
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Just speaking from my experience if your passionate and serious about the hobby spend the money on a dual stage regulator. Quality regulators are sold and built by members of this forum or Mr. Barr's forum that will last you a lifetime. After spending too much money from inexperience due to end of tank dump due to single stage reg, fighting algae since they are hard to dial in and just poorer quality I wised up and bought a quality dual stage reg. Its obviously an investment so just take a look at what your goals are and long term aspirations. I've realized that investing in quality saves you time/money/headaches down the road. Also this site is an invaluable resource to use for any questions. Good luck
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Green leaf aquariums sells good regulators for this hobby. Until you learn how to put one together yourself, or if you never plan to build your own, it's a good place to start. http://greenleafaquariums.com/co2-regulators.html. When it comes to CO2 I personally don't trust the Chinese products, had my fair share of scares.
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Green leaf aquariums sells good regulators for this hobby. Until you learn how to put one together yourself, or if you never plan to build your own, it's a good place to start. http://greenleafaquariums.com/co2-regulators.html. When it comes to CO2 I personally don't trust the Chinese products, had my fair share of scares.
+1 on that. I run the Atomic Paintball V2 setup from GLA and it's been great.
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+1 on that. I run the Atomic Paintball V2 setup from GLA and it's been great.
Chris what else would I need if I went with this setup besides the tank obviously? Diffuser? Bubble counter?

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Chris what else would I need if I went with this setup besides the tank obviously? Diffuser? Bubble counter?

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Paintball tank, GLA Atomic Paintball Regulator V2 (comes with some Co2 tubing), bubble counter, drop checker (I always use one even though I don't consider them to be the end all be all to Co2 levels in the water), and diffuser. I'd order extra indicator solution while I was at it too, or make your own. Whichever is easier/cost manageable for you.
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If you have a canister filter, I'd recommend the atomic inline diffuser. More efficient than a diffuser in the tank and it's also not unsightly and distracting to the tank setup since it's located out of the tank.
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Paintball tank, GLA Atomic Paintball Regulator V2 (comes with some Co2 tubing), bubble counter, drop checker (I always use one even though I don't consider them to be the end all be all to Co2 levels in the water), and diffuser. I'd order extra indicator solution while I was at it too, or make your own. Whichever is easier/cost manageable for you.
Hmm I like that unit but there's a lot of extra cost associated with it. Obviously you get what you pay for but I am trying to keep costs to as minimal as possible. I'd love to build my own but I have no idea where to begin.

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I'd love to build my own but I have no idea where to begin.
everything you need to know is here, and then some...
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=148509
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