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Ebay DIY co2 kits

Anyone used these kits? I would like to get an up inline diffuser but I'm worried my system couldn't withstand the pressure. The suppliers of these kits state that you can use them with an Iinline diffuser. Has anyone tried it? I really don't want to waste my money.

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Been reading posts about it, sounds like a lot of messing about. Might just save up for qa pressurized system.
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Hey man, I would say it depends on what you mean by inline diffuser.
If you mean one of these

probably not they require quite a high pressure to start
but a diy inline reactor type would work fine Ista makes a decent one

I started with diy co2 but it was well worth it to go pressurized. A cheap paintball setup doesn't cost too much

If you don't mind the hastle of keeping diy going go for it i'm just way too lazy.
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Yeah i meant the atomiser, i've seen a video on youtube where the guy seems to have it hooked up to a yeast reactor using bits from one of those kits. I quite like diy yeast because it seems safer than having a pressurised canister in the house. I have a two year old who likes the mess with stuff so I woukd have to lock it under the tank.

Also I'm pretty busy at the moment with a 8 week old and said two year old. I have to do all my maintenance when they are asleep. I quite like the idea of just setting it up and getting on with it. I have already had one yeast all over the carpet incident which was quite annoying and stinky.

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I have a 50 gallon, would a paintball set be suitable? I was thinking about maybe using a fire extinguisher setup.

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I bet it was a nasty mess LOL, if you can get enough pressure with the diy there wouldn't be a problem using the atomizer using it on my 15 gallon was tricky with pressurized bc I needed such a low bubble count. But being on 24/7 DIY you won't have to worry about the startup pressure after you get it going

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I'm using a coke 5 lb co2 tank borrowed from a liquor store) now on my 40. Paintball would probably be used up way to quick on a 50.

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Cool, I might give the kit a try and see how it goes. The spill was my own stupid fault. I used too much of everythng. I was worried it was bubbling up to far and nearly getting into the tank. I unscrewed the lid and the whole thing erupted like a shaken fizzy drink. It went everywhere. My boy thought it was very amusing...my carpet stinks now where it spilt under the unit.

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I've ordered the kit. It's only ten pound so I'll give it a go and post the results. It is coming from Hong Kong so might be a while.

I figured if I'm going to get an inline atomizer the I can always upgrade if it doesn't work and sell the kit on.
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I have a paintball rig on my 50G high tech...I have 6hrs of light and co2. A 20oz cylinder lasts ~3 weeks. Im also running it at around 28psi working pressure. So I am constantly in the lime green using a Rio RVT pump to mist. If you are going DIY which I am also having great success with on a 56G column or paintball rig...your method of injection is very important so you dont waste co2. The super fine mist bubbles of the Rio...honestly are working out better for me than a Sera reactor. Not to mention it is a cheap pump...I have thought about hooking my rio up to one of those cheap Ebay internal reactors just to see how much better it could be but have not had a need.

I have used the DIY Co2 bottle caps from Ebay...well worth the few bucks you pay for them. I had considered buying one of those kits with the little gauge and so on but figured for DIY all that wasn't necessary since you cannot or should not try to control the flow of DIY anyway.

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