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I'm finally giving in. I want to try some different plants but I just can't do it without adding CO2. I've had great luck with certain plants (anubias, crypts, swords, etc) but I want to try something more exotic.

Has anyone looked at the regulators and solenoids from Aqua Medic? They're expensive, but they have some pretty good reviews. The cheaper reg's I was looking at had a lot of people reporting leakage and I don't want to take that chance.

Here is what I was looking at...

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http://www.ab-aqualine.de/eng/produk...co2regular.htm

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http://www.ab-aqualine.de/eng/produk...eactor1000.htm

Bubble Counter
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http://www.ab-aqualine.de/eng/produk...co2mventil.htm
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Thats high quality stuff, no doubt. I especially liked the regulator because it has the needle valve built-in. The reactor is really nice also. How much is all that stuff gonna cost? I built mine from parts obtained at various industrial supply houses. You'll definitely have a top notch setup.
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Its going to cost more then I would prefer..... :-)

In Canadian Prices:

Reg $200
Solenoid $150
Bubble Counter $35
Reactor - Dont know probably $100-150

The Solenoid will by on a timer to start... but when I can afford it I will be installing a Ph Controller to adjust CO2 on the fly for me ($400ish).

I will be leasing a 20lb tank (its for the 135 gallon) for $40 a year and $30 for a tank fill. Or I could by the tank for $180.

Its going to hurt... But I want to do this for my big tank. Its my baby :-)
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Thats actually the exact same setup as I have...however, Im still waiting on a few parts(namely the CO2 bottle) to come in. It should be in within a week though. I cant wait to get it all hooked up. It really is Top Quality stuff in My Opinion. It is very well built and I especially like the reactor. You can put it inside and outside the tank...I will have mine outside as I dont want to much equipment inside it...
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You have no idea how jealous that makes me Gdominy!!! :sad:

What I wouldn't give to have a large enough tank to have a school of bala sharks and enough room to aquascape to my heart's content!!! :hehe:

Consider yourself lucky my friend!

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Well... Like I said.. Its my baby.

CO2 will be first, then maybe some better lighting. I need to figure out some new plants though, it looks "off" as it is.

The fish and shrimp are doing very well, although I lost my 4 inch shrimp when I was treating for Ick (got a new Tiger Botia!).



I may also do a DIY CO2 setup for the 22 Gallon tank, it depends on how well the new plants do (crypts, wysteria, anubias)

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Dude, I am so jealous. I'm going with this regulator (click to follow link)

I'll use my current powerhead setup as a reactor, and just buy the needle valve from marine monsters.

I love the tiger botia! If I hadn't already maxed out my desired bio-load, I'd pick one up!

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That tiger Botia is really mean, however he only seems to pick on some of the weather loaches. They're getting along better now, but it was a rough few weeks.

Cool reg, I was looking at one like that from one of the local kegtapping places around here. I also found one that has a built in needle valve AND solenoid for $240 canadian. I am a bit concerned about leakage though. Many of the hydroponics people I spoke with have reported problems with cheaper regulators leaking over time. Enough that they would lose about %20-30 of their CO2!

I can't wait to have the chrome monster :-)
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Once you get your CO2 setup and running for awhile, the plants you have won't even look the same after about 3 weeks. It might not look as "off" then. The beautiful part about a pressurised system is replanting won't stress the plants out as much. I can tell you, but you'll have to see for your self. It's day and night.
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