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Co2 Gone Bad!!!

So, I got everything and set it up. Then everything went terribly wrong! I slowly opened the Co2 tank, then slowly opened the needle valve. Looked at my tank and nothing. I slowly opened it a little more, looked at the tank and the bubbles were going crazy. Went to turn it down and boom!!!! Water everywhere, my lid almost falling into the water, part of my plant blown up. Of course the wife freaked out and said no more Co2.

Thank God nothing happened to my tank or fish, but now I have a GLA Atomic diffuser and the parts for the Co2 tank for sale. There is the needle valve and the ASA valve with the PSI gauge. If anyone would like to purchase thse items please let me know. I also have the Co2 tank. Let me know!
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Just turn your working pressure down. You shouldnt need to run more than 30 PSI for any diffuser.

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If the wife's ruling stands and it needs to leave I'm close enough to be your buyer. (sorry for the bombing)

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Yeah, I know it's not much PSI. I didn't have a regulator and I opened it a little too much. Gotta keep the wife happy.
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Yeah, I know it's not much PSI. I didn't have a regulator and I opened it a little too much. Gotta keep the wife happy.

No regulator?? How did you connect to the CO2 bottle? You are asking for personal injury if you connected straight to the bottle with no regulator ( approx 800-1000 psi )
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Maybe I am calling it the wrong thing. I have the ASA valve going to the needle valve. I thought that a regulator tells you what PSI you are actually pumping into the tank?
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Sounds like you were using a paintball setup?

Those run at 800psi working pressure, which isn't easy to work with. There have been several post by others exploding diffusers and bubble counters...


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Regulator does tells you the pressure in the tank and the working pressure. Without a regulator you'll have what ever pressure is present in the CO2 cylinder. Diffusers aren't made to hold the high pressures.
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