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DIY paintball tank C02 troubles!! HELP

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My baby dwarf tears need co2!!

so as you can see, I have a DIY paintball C02 setup.
Im using an ASA adaptor, pressure gauge, and needle valve.
I must have looked up a million tutorials on how to set it us.
I was feeling confidents in setting it up.

The thing is that when i try to turn the adaptor very gradually, the airs seems to POP!! I get a TON of bubbles coming out of my diffuser, even when i have my needle valve in the off position. Then of corse, I try to turn it down and thats when the water from the tank comes up the tubing.

I see that most people use empire tanks. The tippmann tank was the only tank I have filled. I'm wondering if it is possible for the tank I'm using to run at a pressure that is just too high?

anyways I would appreciate the help

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thats the problem with a DIY paintball setup that uses those cheap valves....they dont really work to be honest. Also its not the tank that determins the pressure its the regulator itself.


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i agree with Lamiskool. those ASA valves are no bueno. if you can afford it, go for the aquatek reg with solenoid.
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thank ya for the advice. Im sad it didn't work out. I thought it would so if i went with an aquatic regulator i can't use the paintball tank. is this correct?
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I'm not a paintball user so this may be way off, but I don't see it necessary to go all the way from what you have to full blown. Nice possibly but not absolute necessary?
You have a valve which is not meant for gas and fine control like we need to bubble just a tiny bit of CO2. So I would first look at switching out the part which is giving you trouble. Would it make sense to get a good needle valve to replace the valve you have?
Anywhere close to Gainesville? I would think about getting a really high quality needle valve (NV-55) from Fabco Air Products and barb fittings to put it inline rather than hard plumbed.
Link to their catalog.
http://www.fabco-air.com/pdf/Sec_12.pdf

The NV-55 and NV-55-18 are the same internal but the NV-55-18 is quite heavy and also a bit more expensive. The NV-55 uses a small fitting called 10-32 which can be found on auction sites or other places. They are not strong enough for hard plumbed use but I find it works fine for me using it inline on the CO2 tubing.

Just thinking of it as a step up without going full blown on changing out the whole unit.
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thank ya for the advice. Im sad it didn't work out. I thought it would so if i went with an aquatic regulator i can't use the paintball tank. is this correct?
there are regulators made for paintball co2 tanks, that what beedee ment when he/she said go with a aquatek paintball regulator. (aquatek is a brand)


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The Aquatek mini is the only one they sell that is made for paintball cans, the others need a adapter.
Here is a link to the one I think they are talking about.
http://www.amazon.com/AQUATEK-OF-CALIFORNIA-Regulator-Mini/dp/B008TJCPSY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1412921566&sr=8-1&keywords=aquatek+co2
I have one and have been using it for 4 months, only once has it tried to kill all my fish . They said new co2 tanks will have junk in them so if it gets stuck then you need to open the silenoid and clean it out.


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thanks again everyone. This is my first post on this cite and I didn't expect much a response so this is awesome. Maybe I'll give the aquatek a go. It seems to be pretty decent for the price.
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i should have been more specific, aquatek mini paintball. i am on my second one, the first one had an issue with the solenoid burning out after 6 months or so...outside the warranty period.
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