new co2 set-up
Hey everyone, I made the cardinal mistake of buying the fluval mini co2 system for my 29 long. I knew it said for up to 15 gallons only, but this kit was literally the only thing my pet stores carry, none had the 88g kit. This is my first jump into co2, mostly out of curiosity and I like fiddling with stuff, I'm a journeyman steamfitter by trade, so naturally I would find compressed gasses, fittings, and valves interesting and entertaining, and hopefully my few plants enjoy it as much as me.
I didn't want 2L bottles hanging all over either, I like my stuff to look good, as well as function.
So, after spending 40 bucks on the fluval mini kit, I realized (read) that this "passive" type diffusion is not great, it's been taking around 3-4 hours just to dissipate the co2 collection chambers once on my 29.
So I got calling around, about 7 or 8 different places looking for a paintball co2 asa type shut off valve with female threaded ports. Finally got a paintball place to order me one for 20 bucks, which I thought was reasonable. Only problem is that it only has one threaded port. So I'm thinking of just tee'ing off for a gauge.
I would like to avoid buying a regulator at this time to make the build about half the cost, I noticed a lot of people say it's good to have, but not completely necessary.
My questions start here, has anyone tried 2 needle valves in series to help control the flow a little better? Or do they make any type of air/gas globe type valve? I just know globe valves are the best for throttling liquids.
I feel like I'm jumping in a little deep a little early on this co2 thing, I'm also only running around low-medium light at best. A single 36" t5no colormax and an led strip 550 lumen 6500k
The colormax has a huge spike in red in the spectrum, I assume this is good for plants.