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Setting up Co2 tomorrow-need guidance

So I have a co2 system coming in the mail tomorrow. To say I'm excited to set it up is an understatement. This is my first time doing this though so I have some extremely basic questions.

First off, when I receive the system, do I need to bring anything besides the co2 tank itself to get it filled? Didn't know if there were any weird laws or anything.

Secondly, this is being added to a planted tank with some fish and shrimp in it. I don't want to shock/kill them so I assume a slow and steady approach to turning up the gas? Any suggestions on how long of a period I should take to reach my set level of co2?

Anything else I should be aware of/know?

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You will need the CO2 cylinder only to get it filled. If it has not been hydrostatically tested in the last 5 years to ensure safety, you will also need to get that done (the place that refills it should be able to do it for you).

Yes, the slow and steady approach to increasing CO2 in the water column is recommended.

Regarding the operation of the regulator, to prevent a gauge from being blown, I would suggest you take a look through my Primer for Pressurized CO2 where I outline the necessary steps to take to safely attach and operate a CO2 regulator.

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I would like to double the note about turning the reg on and doing it correctly. Look under the final basic instructions at item 4. and get it down. It will quite likely save you money at some point if you do this correctly!
If not done correctly there is a small brass tube inside the low pressure meter and you may hear a small "pop" as the soldered seam blows out. Then the meter no longer reads right, if at all!
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Thanks rich and Anthony. It's a shame that your primer note isn't a sticky on the forums!
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One important small note before hooking up the regulator purge the tang for a second to make sure there is no junk in the system so you don't create any problems with the reg.

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and just as an FYI, most places will take your tank and swap it with an already filled one. For some people this can come as quite the shock when thy thought they would be using the bright shinny one they just bought.
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Get some Teflon pipe sealing tape to wrap the threads of your adapters with to ensure a better seal, and use only one gasket between the regulator and the CO2 cylinder, and don't over-tighten anything or you'll crush gaskets and/or O-rings. Since this'll be your first time setting the system up, mix a cup of dish soap and water and coat your system joints to leak-test the system. Bubbles are bad.

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Soap testing is one of those things that is easy to overlook. Lots of reasons to say it takes too much time and trouble. But then if it saves you taking the tank down and going to get it refilled as well as paying and then reinstalling, Is it really saving you time and trouble? Just a few minutes remixing the test soap and using it, saves me a half hour drive plus all the other. I keep a small cup and the brush under the stand where it is there when I change out the tank. It normally dries up and I have to add water but it is sure to be quicker than the drive!
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Thanks rich and Anthony. It's a shame that your primer note isn't a sticky on the forums!
It is in the FAQ section of these forums (right next to the User CP link near the top)

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