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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-19-2005, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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How to DIY CO2 system with Power Reactor Kit 200?

I've got a 90gal wich is in major need of some CO2 injection; the two Nutrafin reactors aint cuttin it. What essentials do I need with a Power Reactor 200? What size bottle...etc? And will this help with my nagging algae problem and stunted growth?

ps. I'm too cheap to go pressurized!

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-20-2005, 06:07 AM
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Then you are too cheap to keep a 90 gal tank, downsize and get DIY or get gas tanks for the 90.

You will save $ and time in the long run, a lot more than you think. Few would suggest otherwise that have gas tanks.

I did it(DIY) for 10 years on a 90 gal with 350w of MH's.
I'm telling ya, get the gas.

I even have a regulator and needle valve you can have for 25$(the high pressure gauge is broke but the it works fine and you can adjust the output pressure), all you need is a gas tank(I found some at a fire extingusher place for 50$ for 15lb tanks filled).

So if you look, you can get something that needs refilled once every 1-2 years for 10-20$ and not have algae issues due to CO2.

I have plans for a simple to use DIY reactor that cost 2-3$ + a small powerhead.

see: http://www.barrreport.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=6

For 80$ you can do that.

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thanks for the offer Tom, but I have a friend who is gonna give me a regulator...anyways, I guess I gotta go for it.

thanks for the reactor plans
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Plantbrain, tell me about this regulator of yours

I'm trying to do co2 on the cheap, is the high pressure gauge replaceable? I'm familiar with dealing with regulators and what not (from paintball), so I'm wondering if I could rig it up with a bubble counter, solenoid, etc like the milwaukee setups.
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Hey Adrian, looking for a cheaper way to go pressurized? Take Tom up on his gauge & valve offer and check this link out for a cheap 20lb tank in the Toronto area. I was DIY and frugal and now I am taking the plunge.

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The regulator was picked up already, I had a busted tank pressure valve but the unit still worked and the out let pressure was fine, it was free......

You can get them on ebay etc.

I think a number of vendors sell the milkwalk's for 70-80$.
Look around at Fire or Beer or Beverage places for tanks, refills etc, they are cheaper than welding places.

I get tanks for 20lbs for new painted steel tanks for 50-65$ ea filled.

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I picked up a Milwaukee reg for about $70 shipped on ebay, and my 2.5lb tank gets here tomorrow
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