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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-26-2019, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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Advice on CO2 setup

I recently got back into the hobby and I'm trying a planted tank.

My tank is 15 gallons.

Lighting: Fluval 3.0
Dosing with Thrive and Flourish Excel


I'd like to try adding Co2. Not too concerned about cost, just looking for the recommended brands/setups.


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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-26-2019, 06:01 PM
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Just curious, is space an issue? Any preference between a 5lb tank w/ full size regulator vs. paintball tank w/ mini regulator?
I hear 15 gallon tank and assume smaller stand and preference to keep things hidden, but don't want to assume...

But, If that's the case...
Something like a Tippmann 24oz tank with a mini reg:
good= Aquatek mini off ebay, $80 range last time I checked
better= NilocG mini regulator $100(same guy that makes Thrive) off his site NilocG.com
best= a custom built 2 stage mini(they occasionally pop up in For Sale) $200+

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Colombo has a pretty decent mini pressure CO2 set, only the diffusor with built in check valve is pretty bad, so if you replace that it could work.
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JARDLI mini co2 regulator is a good choice. $99
It can be attached to different kind and size of co2 tanks.
Easy adjustment. Output flow of co2 is consistent once set.
https://www.amazon.com/JARDLI-Aquari.../dp/B07M68PXSB
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For 15gal. Go low cost. research DIY CO2 kits or make your own
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Props to those who stick with DIY, I couldn't do it. I have pressurized CO2 on my 2 gallon for about $120 (aquatek mini $80 on eBay, 20oz tank was like $22 on Amazon, with a few bucks for tubing, check valves and a few $3 diffusers from China) and I feel like I could sell it used for close to $100 or use it on bigger tanks in the future. Plus it's nice to only fill it twice a year or so

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