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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-26-2013, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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Pressurized Co2 setup

Hello first of all i wanna thank you all for being so helpful on this forum, ive learned a lot about basically anything i need help on. Ive had fish tanks since i was like 10 years old but recently I picked up the hobby again (this time wanted to try planted tank) I have setup my 50g planted tank, so far only a few tetras and 2 plants. However I want to add more plants and improve the growth so I want to setup a co2 system. I found a co2 set online at amazon, it comes with a regulator /w bubble counter and gauge.

Are these 2 the main components i need?

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http://www.amazon.com/Milwaukee-Instruments-Solenoid-Regulator-Counter/dp/B001DTNWF2/ref=pd_sim_lg_4/175-3824155-2221545
Also if i look below the pic, theres a recommended co2 cylinder tank that most ppl who buy the regulator usually get as well. the co2 tank is 5 lbs, should i get a 10lbs instead? I have a 50g tank


And btw, are there any other better deals i can get? or anyone selling a used one? i live in Canada, i went to a LFS and the guy said the whole system i will be looking at $400 so thats why i held back and wanna do some research first. anyways, im open to any comments or suggestions.. thanks a lot for your help, much appreciated.

i attached a picture of my tank (1st month after setup). any comments? im planning to carpet but need my co2 first..and maybe get some angel and shrimp


thanks,

sam

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As with any CO2 setup, there are a variety of equipment pieces that you will require. For more information, please take a look at my primer to pressurized CO2 article (linked in my signature below).

The nice thing about the Milwaukee MA957 is that it is sold as a complete setup: you get the regulator, a solenoid, a needle valve as a well as a bubble counter. This, along with the CO2 cylinder, will get you on the path to injecting CO2 into your aquarium.

Regarding the regulator, there are some people that have had good experiences with the MA957, while others have had bad experiences. I am one of those latter, and would not recommend it if you are looking for a lasting investment. It is a relatively cheap investment if you are just looking to get your feet wet. For pressurized CO2 equipment, you really get what you pay for (provided you do your research).

Regarding your CO2 cylinder, I would recommend the largest sized cylinder you can afford (money wise and also space wise). This is because refills are generally not significantly different in price. In addition, with a larger cylinder, you will not need to do refill your cylinder as often, which means less hassle.

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thanks for your advice, ill give the DIY a try first see how that goes. But you;re right, it is a long term investment and might wanna look into something that will last.
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