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Small Co2 Regulators

Looking to buy a few small regulators for a few nanos that will work with paintball cylinders. Any recommendations from first hand experience. Thanks in advance for any info.
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I've had pretty good results with this one.

http://www.thatpetplace.com/pet/group/4531/product.web

It fits nicely on a 20oz cylinder and has a solenoid and needle valve on it. Not bad for $90.


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You get what you pay for...

http://www.greenleafaquariums.com/co...regulator.html

Orlando @ GLA will be happy to hook you up

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Thanks for the input, but I'm really looking for experiences with 'small' size regulators. Full size dual-guage can be found almost anywhere. You see alot of small regulators on ebay, etc, but I don't trust them so I'm looking for experiences. Other than the ADA brand I don't see anyone selling small size regulators that I know work well.
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I've actually just found this place about a week after I got mine from the site listed above. I actually don't like the one from that pet place, it doesn't dial down very well for fine tuning the bps. I can't seem to get it to a consistent flow, its either one bubble every 2 or 3 seconds, or a steady stream of bubbles. Check out my link, I haven't bought from them, but I'm interested as well.
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I've actually just found this place about a week after I got mine from the site listed above. I actually don't like the one from that pet place, it doesn't dial down very well for fine tuning the bps. I can't seem to get it to a consistent flow, its either one bubble every 2 or 3 seconds, or a steady stream of bubbles. Check out my link, I haven't bought from them, but I'm interested as well.
Thanks. Looks like they have alot of Nano-specific product. The co2 kits looks like a similiar design to ADA where you have to purchase disposable cylinders (which of course aren't very cost-effective), but they do sell an adapter that says it will work with larger bottles so I'm assuming paintball, but not 100% sure.

http://www.aquatic-nature.com/2eng_co2-4.html
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Make sure to call and find out if the product fits paintball co2 or metric threading. I wasted money on aquaspot world's co2 regulator like this.
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Other than the ADA brand I don't see anyone selling small size regulators that I know work well.
My bad, I mis-read your request (I'm blaming it on old age)... How about this one http://www.aquaticplantenthusiasts.c...o2-system.html

No experience as it's brand spankin' new, but I'll bet it's top notch (as are all products from GLA)

I use the ADA system 74/Yer.2 on my nano, but having another available
high quality option is never a bad thing.

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My bad, I mis-read your request (I'm blaming it on old age)... How about this one http://www.aquaticplantenthusiasts.c...o2-system.html

No experience as it's brand spankin' new, but I'll bet it's top notch (as are all products from GLA)

I use the ADA system 74/Yer.2 on my nano, but having another available
high quality option is never a bad thing.

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No problem. I have the old age think going too. The GLA looks good, but the disposable part of it I'm not crazy about. With your ADA system how long does it last and do you only replace with ADA brand?
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Make sure to call and find out if the product fits paintball co2 or metric threading. I wasted money on aquaspot world's co2 regulator like this.
Thanks, I'll definitely do that. I have a feeling it's not compatible.
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Here's one I built for a nano:

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/di...co2-shown.html

Upfront cost is similar to the ADA but it uses standard cartridge threading so i) cartridge cost is about 40% lower than the other systems and ii) there is the possibility to convert it to a paintball system down the road (I haven't actually tested it but the 5/8-18 threading is the same). Also its nice to have a pressure meter integrated into the regulator.

Unfort I can't speak to how long the carts last b/c I just put it into service a week or two ago but cart size is same as the ADA (74g).

Another packaged system to look into is the Hydor as it also uses standard threading.
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