So, looking into the whole nano co2 set up, I realized that you are kind of limited to the ADA, Pierce, Red Sea, and the Up Aqua one. And with those limits, you are limited to disposal cartridges for some of them, which ends up being QUITE expensive in the long run. So I thought to myself, is there anyway I can build a set up for less then $50? That is of course without a solenoid or having one scavenged from something broken (i.e. a paintball gun)
ADA: $249 plus shipping (proprietary cartridges)
Pierce: $55 on ebay (cartridges)
Up Aqua: $99.99 plus shipping on GLA (cartridges)
Red Sea: $174 plus shipping
Green NRG system: $115 plus shipping (cartridges and paintball tank)
Now the only one on that list that would be something I would look into is hte Pierce system. Although I think the bubble count and diffuser is butt ugly. I have nice spiffy glass ones already that I could replace them out with. But then you have the hassle of using disposal cartridges.
So, I was thinking about building something for the same price but using a paintball tank. I know there has been a bizzillion and one threads about this. But economically speaking, I would be spending just a little under what I could buy a Red Sea system or ADA system for. Not really money saving in my eyes.
So here are my thoughts:
I could get a little regulator off of ebay for $19.99 shipped
for $25.00 shipped
for $30 shipped
Get an adapter to paintball
Not sure what adapter I would need, but one is $18.99 and the other is $12.50
I can get a pure energy 20 oz tank on CL for $10-$15
So going the most expensive route, I would still be only spending $60 bucks on everything. I am not sure if this would work. So please let me know.