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CO2 Fill Up?

Mk so i got my co2 refilled the other day and i thought it was just my drop checker stopped working, but then i noticed within the next week my plants werent growing as good as they have been. In noticed that on the reciet that they charged me less than they usually do and it said painball refill on there to. Is there anything else that people use in there painball tanks. Could he have put something else in the tank or has someone had this happen to them before?

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Paintball games use co2 I'm pretty sure.
I think you'd best call the place where you got the tank "filled".
It may be that they didn't give you a full tank.
If I'm not mistaken, a paintball tank only holds a couple of pounds.
Your tank may have run out of gas, you don't say if you've got a guage or not.
Wish I could be of more help, but I'll bet someone will be along shortly.

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yes my gauge says that i have close to 900psi left on a 5 lb tank. I think he just put paintball on there to charge me less bc i know the guy.

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CO2 is CO2 its all the same stuff wetehr you need it for a keg, paintball setup, or ffor your planted tank.

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Back in the day, yes, Co2 was the standard. However most paintball markers nowadays and their hardware run off compressed air, a natural evolution as paintball markers went electronic. Faster rates of fire and smaller internal parts required a cleaner and more efficient gas than Co2.

With that said I still run Co2 on most my markers because I use guns that are 25 years old and rarely shoot over 1 bps.
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I really think that there isnt anything wrong with the drop checker solution i really think it is the co2, i think he maybe filled it up with o2 or something i am going to go get the tank filled up tomorrow at a place that i have gone before and they give me co2 for sure. My plants are really suffering so i think its the co2 or lack there of

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Wrong gas wont be an issue. The connection on the cylinder only fits CO2 equipment, they arent going to screw that up. More likely you have a leak at the cylinder to regulator connection and the CO2 is going into the air not into the tank.

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I agree with airborne_r6. Oxygen uses a CGA540 fitting, whereas CO2 uses a CGA320. There is no way that the shop could mix these two up.

I would first inspect for leaks along your setup. Drop checkers don't suddenly stop working.

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the gas is making it into the tank i see it coming out of my powerhead. I dont understand how it could be coming out of the power head but my plants are still suffering...there might be a leak somewhere but co2 is still getting there

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Are you diffusing your CO2 through your power head? If there are large bubbles, then your powerhead might not be churning up the bubbles enough, and thus, not enough CO2 is dissolving into the water.

I would check your entire setup for leaks. Even though CO2 is making its way into the aquarium, if a leak is present, less of the CO2 would make it in.

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No the powerhead is making very small bubbles and i also have another line hooked up to my diy co2 reactor so there should be showing some sign of co2.

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Have you tried changing the fluid in your drop checker? Now that I think about it I recall that my drop checker stopped responding once before. I changed the fluid and it was fine.

I suppose that it is possible that they somehow got the wrong gas in the cylinder but that would make me think that you have the wrong threads on your cylinder and regulator. If a shop got the wrong gas in a cylinder that had the correct threads I would definitely never go there again and would probably report them. That is a really serious screw up.

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Yes i did change the fluid in the drop checker, the best thing i can come up with is that the drop checker fluid somehow got to where it got exposed to air for a while and it was altered i have new drop checker solution coming in on thursday so we will see soon...

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Just increase the rate of gas upwards and see if it affects the fish and the drop checker as high CO2 is bound to do, and then you will be sure it is CO2 or not. Why speculate ????

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I have done this amd the fish have shown stress, but the drop checker was still blue.... But i went and got new co2 today and now the dc is greener than it has been all week.... i usually keep it at birght yellow but its progress lol

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