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what do i need to add co2?

so is all i need is

co2 bottle
the regulator to go on top of the bottle
bubble counter
glass diffuser
and tubing?

is that all i need?

also with co2 bottles where do you get them filled up? and roughly how expensive is it

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Check valves.

For a 5 pounder, figure $100 to get one and fill it, $20 to refill it. I don't know what this costs where you live, though.

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Nice! Obviously you're interested in a pressurized CO2 system. It looks like you've got all the required equipment except a needle valve. You will need one of these in order to fine tune your CO2 flow. Also, I'd invest in a good one-way check valve so that you don't have any water flowing through your airline tubing towards your regulator. This could spell disaster if it were to occur. Be sure to get either silicone airline tubing or CO2 resistant vinyl tubing. The typical airline tubing will eventually become brittle and crack due to constant CO2 exposure. As far as cost....I couldn't give you any good estimate seeing as how you're in England. I would go to a local welding supply shop or gas distributor and check out what they've got. Good luck with your setup, and let's see some pics of your tank!

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Nice! Obviously you're interested in a pressurized CO2 system. It looks like you've got all the required equipment except a needle valve. You will need one of these in order to fine tune your CO2 flow. Also, I'd invest in a good one-way check valve so that you don't have any water flowing through your airline tubing towards your regulator. This could spell disaster if it were to occur. Be sure to get either silicone airline tubing or CO2 resistant vinyl tubing. The typical airline tubing will eventually become brittle and crack due to constant CO2 exposure. As far as cost....I couldn't give you any good estimate seeing as how you're in England. I would go to a local welding supply shop or gas distributor and check out what they've got. Good luck with your setup, and let's see some pics of your tank!

well i would show you pics but im in planning stages, my new 20gal will be set up and was thinking a new expense spared 15 gallon

how long roughly do they last?
and is it best to turn it off at night time and only have it on when the lights are on?

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