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Pressurized Co2 Tanks (Need Info)

Hello there.

I was wondering if anyone in NYC owns pressurized co2 tanks for their planted aquariums. I'm getting tired (and broke) of the DIY Co2 method and would like to go pressurized.

I Don't know of any place where I can buy one and get it refilled. If someone can provide some info on this I'd really appreciate it.

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P.S. I'm looking for a 5lb tank for my 29 gal.
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post #2 of 67 (permalink) Old 08-14-2005, 06:28 AM
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I bought a brand new aluminum 10 pound tank on Ebay for about ~$90 or so.

I had it filled at the local welding supply house for about $15. The Fire extinguisher place could also fill it up for about the same $

It really is the only way to fly.

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90 Gallon, eco, pressurized, controlled, 240 watts.
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Thanks Peter.

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You can go to any welding store and buy a 5lb for 75 bucks or so. Then when you run out, you just trade it in for a filled one. THere is no "refilling" involved. I would call local welding supply stores to see what they have.

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Thanks JB.

I already called one place and they want to charge me $50.00 everytime I need a tank refilled, plus extra for having the tank and then, of course, tax.

You hear other people saying that they refill for about $10 to $15. Now that's cheap.

However, I like the idea of no refills, so I'll keep checking.

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P.S. One more question, once you buy the tank, do you have to pay a fee everytime you exchange it when the co2 runs out? Thanks a lot.
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It kind of works like this. You never really own the tank. You buy it for say $75, then when you run out you exchange it for a full tank. Then they refill your old one and it goes to the next person.

For me

$73 to "buy" the tank.

$10 to exchange for a full one.

That is it.



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JB,

That really helps to understand how it works. Cool.

Thanks a lot for the info.

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No prob.

I hope you can score a good place to get the stuff. The place where i get it from, they dont even know im using it for an aquarium or couldnt imagine that i am. Basically what im saying is that any welding supply store will do.

Good luck!!!

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JB,

You've been so helpful. I love this forum, you get to meet the nicest people.

If I find something good, I'll be sure and post it here for those that are interested.


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Found a Place

Hello,

I finally found a place where I can buy a 5# cylinder, and have it refilled.

The only thing that I had to buy seperately was the regulator. They don't carry the regulators needed for a planted tank.

The place is called Awisco. It's located in Maspeth, Queens. A guy named Frank helped me out with my order. You can give him a call at 718-786-7788.

He sold me a used 5# tank (in great condition), and he also has some knowledge regarding planted tanks, so he'll not be confused when you tell him what it's for.

Here's a picture of mine.
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Anyone know a place near brooklyn or perhaps manhattan for a cheap refill? The place i go to charges $25 for a 5lb cyclinder refill o_O... helpp
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There's a place near the Red Hook area.
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Anyone know a place near brooklyn or perhaps manhattan for a cheap refill? The place i go to charges $25 for a 5lb cyclinder refill o_O... helpp
These prices seem to be the going rates for this area.

The place I and a few others goto in NJ charges around $20 for a refill..well, tank swap. And you put a largish ($90 or so) deposit on the tank and just bring it in and swap it.


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There's a place near the Red Hook area.
Liberty Gases at 600 Smith St. Its within easy walking distance of Smith & 9th on the F, just on the other side of the overpass.
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I found another place where you can exchange your tanks. It's in the Greenpoint section in Brooklyn very near to the BQE (Brooklyn, Queens Expressway.

T W Smith Welding Supply Corporation
885 Meeker Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 388-7417
http://www.twsmith.com

They exchange Co2 tanks for $20.00 (including the tax).
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