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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-08-2008, 05:54 AM Thread Starter
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DYI C02 Reg

I've always had a desire to own a kick A#! planted tank. I'm a major DIY guy and I think I've rigged a way to use some of my old paintball equipment as a tank and reg. So to explain to you what I'm doing, here go-

-High pressure Palmer Stabilizer regulatorhttp://www.palmer-pursuit.com/online...zer-direct.htm that supposedly is rated 0-3000 psi.
-4 foot tall (approximate) siphoned Co2 tank used as a fill station for smaller Co2 tanks.

So what my plan is to adapt (using all high pressure plumbing) the Paintball reg to the tank then to a solenoid, needle valve, and finally to the aquarium.

Now does anyone see any major holes in that or (and this is asking allot) has any one ever tried using this method or partial method?

Or do you think I'm totally crazy for even thinking about doing this?


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I can see you spending more money going that route than if you just used a beverage regulator.

A beverage regulator can be had for as little as $30. And there is no high pressure plumbing needed as it fits directly on the cylinder.
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I've mathed it out and for the solenoid, needle valve, and plumbing it's going to cost me a little under $50 bucks. All the rest of the equipment I already have (i.e. regulator, Co2 tank etc...).

I'm not that familiar with a beverage reg (I'm guessing it's something they use in the beer industry) but if thats what it is the palmer stabilizer reg I'm using is also used for that- http://www.palmer-pursuit.com/images...-regulator.jpg.

Does anyone see any problems using a siphoned Co2 tanks?


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If the regulator can handle the liquid CO2 you should be fine. Most regulators can't handle liquid CO2 in the regulator.
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Thanks Rex, I'm hoping all the plumbing will act as an expansion chamber giving the Co2 time to turn into gas before it hits the reg. I think it will work I just want to be sure but I guess the only way is to try it, right? Its not like anyone else has ever done it.


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