Thanks kmcandre and bmo for your feedback!
Kyle: I'll certainly read the links on co2 solutions. Always learning! Up until about 3 weeks ago, I was going to do the DIY yeast co2 as well. I had researched recipes for feeding the yeastie beasties, and setups. I also found out to use champagne yeast, because of their tolerance to the byproduct alcohol, that will eventually kill the beasties, (drunken sots! they're doomed, but will die happy! LOL). You could actually think about making champagne and bottle the wine as an after-thought. If you can't find champagne yeast (wine and beer making stores should have it tho), you can use beer beasties. Yum. Hubby and I used to make our own beer. Was fun and didn't taste all that bad!
The reason I didn't follow thru with the DIY co2 was... everything had to fit inside the aquarium cabinet. Not going to happen with that wee foot print. So I opted for the paintball tank and mini regulator.
bmo: If I can't get the regulator to adjust down to the < than 1 bps, that I suspect I'll need, I also have another solution that may work. I found a replacement needle valve, supposedly able to adjust down to 10 b/minute
. Might be worth a try. Otherwise I will end up going to GLA for their mini regulator.
I've been working to get the tank ready, hopefully by this weekend. I removed the interior filter partition, (not fun) and exterior side panels, (even more not fun... bad words spoken... along with...never gonna do this again) scraped out the black silicone. Tomorrow, I do one more check, wipe down again with rubbing alcohol, let dry, and begin to reseal the back wall corners and floor seams with clear silicone.
I still have some things coming in. GLA has backordered the Atomic inline diffuser I wanted. And I found out I needed some co2 hose, and different filter media than I have. So I'm still ordering stuff, but almost done. I have the most of it here, and can start to lay out my planting design real soon.
Pix from l to r (top row): BioCube 14 with panels; removing inside panel
(bottom row): panel out - needs black silicone scraped off; as it stands!