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Cheapest Preassurized Co2

so i give in...i dont want to use a DIY Co2 as i dont want to refil every 2-3 weeks.

ive been looking around and i like these cartridges of Co2 for around 100.

this one includes everything
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...&N=2004+113779

anyone else recommend anyting cheaper? better?

i live in a small college apt and my 20 gallon tank is on my kitchen top only place i have room for so space saving is a must.
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Man, that looks pretty sweet! Thats the first time Ive seen that system. I wonder how long those cartridges last though.
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Man, that looks pretty sweet! Thats the first time Ive seen that system. I wonder how long those cartridges last though.
i think i read somewhere 280 days. which is awesome!
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TL...I've just started a thread (https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ge...r-aquapod.html)
where I'm trying to go w/o CO2 on a 24g puffer tank...but, my 2nd option is to use this system (3rd option obviously buying a 5lb tank and regulator etc)....however, my question on these Hydor units, is, how do you control them on a daily basis? I guess you have to turn them off & on at night & morning every day?? I mean, lets say on my 24g, I set it at 2 bps (bubble per second), would I just leave it running 24/7, since 2 bps isn't all that much and since my tank isn't going to be *that* heavily planted I wouldn't need to worry about over-gassing CO2 at night when the plants are breathing out CO2?

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i think i read somewhere 280 days. which is awesome!
It says 260 days at 4 bubbles per minute. Thats 1 bubble every 15 seconds. I guarantee you will shooting a lot more CO2 into that tank than that.
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[censored][censored][censored][censored] didnt catch that...well damn that sucks...
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i have a regulator setup that uses those 74g cartriges for a 2 gallon nano, it only lasts 2 weeks. thus it sits in the spare equipment bin.... save your money and buy a milwaukee setup and 5 or 10 lb tank. much cheaper in the long run.
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i have a regulator setup that uses those 74g cartriges for a 2 gallon nano, it only lasts 2 weeks. thus it sits in the spare equipment bin.... save your money and buy a milwaukee setup and 5 or 10 lb tank. much cheaper in the long run.

where would be the best place i could purchase a Milwaukee set up
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what about a bottle?
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TL do a search on CO2 and you'll get a million posts on the "best" regulators, where to get tanks, etc, read Rex's site too...

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i'd reccomend Rex's setup, but the pricing is not what i would term cheap. you get what you pay for though, and i love the multi-tap setup he made for me. i also have and use 3 milwaukees, and an azoo, no problems with any of them.
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where would be the best place i could purchase a Milwaukee set up
Check Ebay as well. I picked up my milwaukee for 75 bucks shipped brand new.

as far as the bottle goes. I ORDERED my 5lb steel tank from the site below for 57 bucks shipped, I... RECIEVED an aluminum tank instead... and was only charged the same 57 bucks... so no complaints here

Just search for CO2
WeldingSupply.com
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seems pretty expensive to me. I got my regulator plus canister for ~$140 total and this is $125 plus 19.99 for a cartridge which you have to replace. I can refill my canister for $13 and it lasts a loooooooooong time at a good bubbling rate.
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think i need to get me a pressurized setup...
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