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CO2 from Sodastream?

Hey guys. Anyone ever thought of using the co2 60L from sodastream to be used in the tank? I saw the CO2 60L for $20. Or is it not possible?
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I looked into this before and apparently the tanks aren't refillable, they can only be swapped for a new full one, and it is more expensive than refilling a paintball co2 tank.
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I looked into this before and apparently the tanks aren't refillable, they can only be swapped for a new full one, and it is more expensive than refilling a paintball co2 tank.
I was looking it up and I saw a guy on youtube was able to open and refill using dry ice. Just to open is not as easy.
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Lots of people use them here, and yes they are refillable but most places that sell them just exchange empty one's for full ones for a small fee.
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They have proprietary tops on them. A guy on ebay sells an adapter top, but it is easier/cheaper to get a paintball tank if that is a route you want to pursue. I have the sodastream machine for soda, but I have used it a few times for my tank when I ran our of excel or when I was setting up a new tank and didn't have fish yet (I just glunked a bunch in then).
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I poured in carbonated water from my sodastream now and then when I was running a 5 gallon plant-only tank, but like others here I never found a viable way to connect the bottle to anything other than the sodastream.

In fact, because it is so proprietary I wouldn't even recommend getting one for soda. There are cheaper ways to carbonate water. Sodastream's syrups are pretty good though.

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I've seen a few threads on UKAPS.org where some are using it. You might want to do a search over there.
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Re: CO2 from Sodastream?

Small Sodastream refills cost as much as a 5 lb refill here.

Anyone know the psi of a Sodastream refill?

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Thank you guys! Awesome help!

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I poured in carbonated water from my sodastream now and then when I was running a 5 gallon plant-only tank, but like others here I never found a viable way to connect the bottle to anything other than the sodastream.

In fact, because it is so proprietary I wouldn't even recommend getting one for soda. There are cheaper ways to carbonate water. Sodastream's syrups are pretty good though.
A bit off topic.. but are they as good as the real thing or close to it? Thinking of getting one anyway

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other ppl already had the same idea, and hmmpf, maintenance cost is high I assumed.
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A bit off topic.. but are they as good as the real thing or close to it? Thinking of getting one anyway
Just as good or better in my opinion. I usually drink the diet cola or the diet fruit flavors, or mix flavors together. I also like the energy syrup (not the diet) mixed with fruit flavors or kool-aid. It's my morning caffeine jolt these days.

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A bit off topic.. but are they as good as the real thing or close to it? Thinking of getting one anyway
There are many methods to carbonating water. Using the syrup and making your own is a lot cheaper. Heres one...

Tons more.
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There are many methods to carbonating water. Tons more.
Yeah my coworker made one of those, and now I wish I'd gone that route. We bought the sodastream that takes the bigger cylinders, then later found out there was no place to exchange them near us. So were using the smaller ones and paying an arm and a leg to exchange them. I recently found this adapter to use paintball cylinders with the sodastream unit. It's expensive but I already have a bunch of PB tanks and they are much cheaper to fill.

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I drink a lot of carbonated water and go through a bottle every month and a half. I Just add a lime wedge and it is much more refreshing than soda.

I exchange my sodastream CO2 bottles at Bed Bath and Beyond. They send out 5 dollar off 15 coupons every few months and the exchanges are exactly 15 so you can use the coupons on them, dropping the refill price by 1/3rd.
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Thanks for the tip!

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