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building a high end Co2 regulator [56K]

I don't usually document regulator builds but this one deserves it's own thread. It might also be helpful to those of you out there thinking about building something nicer that what's currently available in the aquarium trade. I'm also not much for documentation so bare with me.


This build will use a new Airgas Y12-215B



Removed the factory fittings.




Prepping a stainless steel cga-320 nipple.



Nut/Nipple installed



Pile of various parts and pieces.



All the pipe fittings are prepped for assembly.



Starting the post body.



Solenoid added.



Attaching the metering valve and check valve.



Moving along, here's inside the din connecter for the Burkert solenoid where I needed to connect the power cable.



Power cable wired up.



Plugged it in to make sure it works. lol




That's it for now. Someone in China sent me the wrong bubble counter. I'll post a completed photo after the right parts arrive.

Parts list (used above) :

- Airgas Y12-215B
- SS Smith cga-320 nut/nipple
- SS Burkert 6011 w/varistor and LED
- Ideal V54-1-12
- Swagelok SS-4-HRN-2
- Swagelok SS-2-SE (2)
- Swagelok SS-2-HN
- Parker 2M-C4L-1/3-SS
- Stolen computer power cable

I hope you enjoyed the build as much as I did! It's driving me nuts not testing it out yet...

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If nothing else, that regulator assembly is a work of art! I especially like the outlet pressure gage - easy to set an "exact" pressure. Is the check valve a low back pressure type?

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Nice regulator. How much did all the parts cost?
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Thanks Hoppy! The check valve cracks @ 1/3psi.

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@ tnt808, a lot. lol Well... I guess that's relative to some. All those stainless parts add up.

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total price it took to make that work of art?
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total price it took to make that work of art?

Add it up. Regulator came from ebay, solenoid from freshwater systems, and the rest directly from the manufacturers. I think I paid about the same for my first car .

I really wanted a solenoid with buna seals and the ideal valve, so the rest sort of falls into the "might as well" category.
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Nice build!
better make it as your avatar.

make it a full stainless steel, this setup can last to the world end.


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Nice build!
better make it as your avatar.

make it a full stainless steel, this setup can last to the world end.

Oh sure, why not. It's so shiny.

The bubble counter is a bit of weak point, but I fully expect this build to outlast me.
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awesome looking regulator.


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awesome looking regulator.
Not only does it look cool but its very easy to use. The reliability factor is also considerable.

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Finally done!









WOOT!!

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That's sexy would hate to see what that would cost in dual setup.

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...and this is your CO2 setup on steroids. Any questions?
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...and this is your CO2 setup on steroids. Any questions?
Yeah, which body parts had to be donated to pay for this?

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