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Question about this mini co2 system...

I was really briefly thinking about stepping into the land of pressurized co2. Thing is, I'm pretty low in the cash department. BUT I so badly want a tank with healthy plants in it like I see you guys with.



I saw this little mini co2 setup thing at GLA. It appears as if you screw the little regulator thing on top of the mini co2 canister...pretty simple to the untrained eye. Looks like it has an adjustment screw on the top. I only have a 12g tank...it says its good for up to 11...which sounds like it would be okay for my tank.

But then I got to thinking...the weak part of this system to me is the small tank....consistent tank changing. What would happen if I purchased an adapter for a 10lb co2 tank to fit into that little regulator and dialed the knob down to the right pressure? Would it not be able to handle the extra pressure? What if I only filled the 10lb tank up half way?

Im brand new to this pressurized co2 thing and have only begun researching it tonight. Sorry if this is a blatant extremely dumb question

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Don't think you will ever find an adaptor to fit this to a regular CO2 tank, unless you have $$$$ for a custom one off piece.

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exactly, you can't get that regulator to fit onto a 10lb tank.

if you're low on money, get a paintball co2 tank and http://www.thatpetplace.com/pet/group/4530/product.web

its a cheap 35 dollar co2 regulator that fits paintball tanks.

turn it on all the way, then get a good inline needle valve and you're all set.
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exactly, you can't get that regulator to fit onto a 10lb tank.

if you're low on money, get a paintball co2 tank and http://www.thatpetplace.com/pet/group/4530/product.web

its a cheap 35 dollar co2 regulator that fits paintball tanks.

turn it on all the way, then get a good inline needle valve and you're all set.
That is not a regulator. notice they call it a "controller"? These are notoriously unreliable...
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Has anybody here used something similar to that? The co2 'Controller' ? Its definately right in my price range haha.

How about this badboy?
http://www.growwurks.com/cap-reg-1-co2-regulator.aspx

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Has anybody here used something similar to that? The co2 'Controller' ? Its definately right in my price range haha.

How about this badboy?
http://www.growwurks.com/cap-reg-1-co2-regulator.aspx

Why not use the search feature there are plenty of topics about that controller here.

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Im having a hard time finding anything about a 'Growwurks controller", a "CAP REG-1" or "C.A.P.". I dont know what else to search for!
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That is a flow regulator used for horticulture farming. You dont want to use that for aquarium use.
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ok well, although they can be unreliable in getting an accurate bubble count, you can just run those full blast, and have an inline needle valve like i said, which will allow you to fine tune it.
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I wonder if CO2 cartridges for beer dispensers will fit this setup. If it does, then this could be a very cheap CO2 system for nanos.


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