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Anyone use this? Co2


Anyone use this with any luck?

They also have a higher upgrade version model that's roughly 40 bucks.
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Several questions immediately come to mind. How would you get the CO2 to be produced continuously? How long would each tab last? How cost effective is this solution?

For 40 dollars, you are almost 1/3 of the way to a pressurized system. If you don't want to use a pressurized system, then DIY CO2 with yeast and sugar would be much cheaper.

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Pressurized is my next move (6 months), although I'm still trying to decide on a regulator.
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So pressurized co2 systems are about $150? I would like one, but I need to do more research. Not like any fish stores sell em either.
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I know i'll get bashed for saying this but I love Milwaukee company. I called them and told them I had a reg. several years old, that the needle valve was clogged, and the bubble counter leaked, and no questions asked, they sent me a replacement valve and counter. Got it two days later. It's a decent reg/ but its single stage and could be upgraded to one of our sponsors dualies.


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None of our sponsors sell dual stage regulators, to my knowledge. They sell nice regs, but they are single stage. Victor is the common dual stage, and members here find them on ebay usually, at good prices.
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Isnt the RG a dualie? I swore I saw a big pimple off the back. And what about GLA https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/gr...reen-leaf.html ? HMMM?


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Isnt the RG a dualie? I swore I saw a big pimple off the back. And what about GLA https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/gr...reen-leaf.html ? HMMM?
Nope. Rex uses a cornelius reg. Decent, quaility, but nothing special. Orlando would advertise all over if they were dual stage, but he doesn't. They are good regs, but they are not dual stage.
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As our esteemed colleague pointed out, none of our sponsors sell dual stage regulators, but you will see a lot of our members bragging about theirs... muhaaahhaaaa. They are like the Farrari of co2. I'd be willing to bet O_S has got one... dirty dog, why else would he sh*# in my wheaties this fine morning?
Nope! I am running co2 free right now! My 75G riparium using metracide as an excel replacement(20 bucks for 1 gallon!) and It is doing great. It is technically low/medium light though, since the fixture hangs about a foot above the tank.
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I've never used a two stage reg for aquarium applications and I've always been happy.

Either watch your cylinder and refill immediately once it drops below 500 psig, or get a pH controller.


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I've never used a two stage reg for aquarium applications and I've always been happy.

Either watch your cylinder and refill immediately once it drops below 500 psig, or get a pH controller.
Agreed, I guess it could be easy to miss that point here. There are a load of good single stage regulators. Rex's, GLA's, Sumo's, and even milwaukee regs are good if you scrap the needle valve.
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Clearly I have a lot to learn. What's a needle valve and why isn't the one that comes with the Milwaukee any good. Also, where do you get a needle valve and which one is preferred?
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Orlando is now selling the Smith Regulators that are susposed to be as good as the Dual Stage, I know it weighs as much as the old dual stage I had. I'll see if O- will drop in and give his information on it.

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Thanks for the invite Craig!

Believe it or not folks, technology advances almost daily. Can you believe it?
Smith single stage regulators have the latest in seat technology that works the same as a dual stage regulator without all the added weight and adjustment, although still a hefty 7LBS.
Decay and rise is virtually non existent in these regulators at 0.04psi per 100psi drop in pressure. So there you have it...

Thanks Craig!

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Thanks for the invite Craig!

Believe it or not folks, technology advances almost daily. Can you believe it?
Smith single stage regulators have the latest in seat technology that works the same as a dual stage regulator without all the added weight and adjustment, although still a hefty 7LBS.
Decay and rise is virtually non existent in these regulators at 0.04psi per 100psi drop in pressure. So there you have it...

Thanks Craig!

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See there O_S, I told you he had some cool shtuff! Its LIKE a dualie...
And you are right its not, but the dual seat thing had me for a few.


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