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diy pressurized co2 cheap? anyway to make it cheap?

i want to know how to make a cheapo cheap diy pressurized co2 system for a 29g

i know someone on here has done it so any help or pointers?
im pretty good with building, plumbing,hardware etc i kow i can buid it just need to know how to do it cheappp lol. i mean under 75.00 hopefully!
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not going to happen unless you already have a cylinder with a regulator

make diy co2 with yeast and save up until you can buy a "real" system.
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I did it on the cheap, but it certainly costs more than 75 dollars!

Instead of buying a tank, I had a fire extinguisher (freebie!) revalved (which was about 20 bucks to have done)

Building your own system, i.e. putting the needle valve, solenoid, etc together will save a few bucks. I bought my regulator on eBay.

Patience will pay off, and remember that this system is very important to the health of your tank, and should be reliable. Don't cheap out too much on any of the parts or you will regret it down the road.

It oftentimes costs less to do it right the first time.


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i have diy co2 but worried about missing a day or 2 without it and it flxing my ph etc. im starting another bottle now so it will try and be non stop.
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I did it on the cheap, but it certainly costs more than 75 dollars!

Instead of buying a tank, I had a fire extinguisher (freebie!) revalved (which was about 20 bucks to have done)

Building your own system, i.e. putting the needle valve, solenoid, etc together will save a few bucks. I bought my regulator on eBay.

Patience will pay off, and remember that this system is very important to the health of your tank, and should be reliable. Don't cheap out too much on any of the parts or you will regret it down the road.

It oftentimes costs less to do it right the first time.
I have a few extinguishers sitting around... I had never thought of that... where did you get it done?
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i have seen the fire extinguisher method on good ol rex griggs! ive been checkin his diy co2 stuff out and tryin to do cheaper lol
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I have a few extinguishers sitting around... I had never thought of that... where did you get it done?
Most welding shops should be able to do it for you.

The extinguisher was old, so it had to be hydro tested, then they revalved it, and filled it, and it cost about 60 bucks I think. Fire extinguishers can be up to 15 lb tanks or larger, so a single fill would last years.


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i have seen the fire extinguisher method on good ol rex griggs! ive been checkin his diy co2 stuff out and tryin to do cheaper lol
Where at exactly? I've not found info about re-valving fire extinguishers in many places on the net. I got the idea from some british site I found one day.

I do know that Rex has done it, because he gave me the info about getting the tank re-valved. I was going to do it myself


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