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Question Which Regulator to buy?

So I did search the forum and all of the thread that came up on the first 5 pages were at least 2+ years old. I'm planning on starting a high tech after years of low and I'm curious what the current best most reliable regulator is? I realize that is a subjective question but I'm willing to read through reviews after I know a few to check out. Any opinions welcomed!!
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Make your own...they are not too tough to do.




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My friend swears by this one:


https://aquariumplants.com/carbondos...-reactor-5000/


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Regulator!!!!! Sorry...Iíve been breathing Pvc fumes all day.


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I feel like information on industrial equipment like regs should hold up pretty good with time. I scored 2 Concoa 212s on eBay for $20 a year ago and I’ve been really happy with it. Been keeping the second in my back pocket. I’ve read a few others have 212s that work just fine with no issue. It’s not super fancy like the SS ones or brass billet ones but it works.
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Buy your own dual stage or single stage on e bay and source all the parts yourself. It's the cheapest way to go. If you buy a prefab regulator they're way over priced, and doing your own also gives you the necessary skills to learn how to trouble shoot any issues without help from the regular manufacturer.

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Okay let's get this thread back on topic lol.

Regulators. Not reactor's.

Honestly as long as you dont go with something stupid china cheap you'll be okay. I have a GLA dual stage. It's good but some of the parts are proprietary to his regs. The needle valve is crazy sensitive too and its quite irritating when the price tag is so much.

The big thing is to refill your tanks as soon as they drop below 800psi, as the working pressure and volume seems to change slightly as the pressure drops, running them too low will risk end of tank dump with some cheap regs or single stage regs. Some do not have this issue.

Keep in mind a co2 tank is about 850psi (temps vary the psi) when it has any liquid in it at all, once it drops off it means it just has some gas left and needs filled.

This is from my experience, so it may not be accurate to others experiences.

I would recommend listing the ones your interested in here to make sure your not getting ripped off.
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Are you building your setup or getting a complete unit?
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10 yr warranty.

Just try, try to find some negative reviews.

There are some detractors out there that don't like this brand, but as far as I can figure, none of them actually ever owned this brand.
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Are you building your setup or getting a complete unit?


I was going to purchase a complete unit. I would need a step by step guide as far as building my own. Iím certain I could do that but I was just going the easier route. I use donít want whatís most reliable and easiest.


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https://www.co2art.us/



10 yr warranty.



Just try, try to find some negative reviews.



There are some detractors out there that don't like this brand, but as far as I can figure, none of them actually ever owned this brand.


Those look super nice. I was hoping not to spend more than $100. Is that unreasonable to get a good one? This is my first time going with CO2 and Iím just doing a 20L.


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My friend swears by this one:





https://aquariumplants.com/carbondos...-reactor-5000/





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Regulator!!!!! Sorry...Iíve been breathing Pvc fumes all day.





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I was so confused at first. But Iíll keep that in mind if I need to build a reactor. :-)


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Okay let's get this thread back on topic lol.

Regulators. Not reactor's.

Honestly as long as you dont go with something stupid china cheap you'll be okay. I have a GLA dual stage. It's good but some of the parts are proprietary to his regs. The needle valve is crazy sensitive too and its quite irritating when the price tag is so much.

The big thing is to refill your tanks as soon as they drop below 800psi, as the working pressure and volume seems to change slightly as the pressure drops, running them too low will risk end of tank dump with some cheap regs or single stage regs. Some do not have this issue.

Keep in mind a co2 tank is about 850psi (temps vary the psi) when it has any liquid in it at all, once it drops off it means it just has some gas left and needs filled.

This is from my experience, so it may not be accurate to others experiences.

I would recommend listing the ones your interested in here to make sure your not getting ripped off.


I have no idea what Iím interested in. I have kept fish for 22 years, and done low tech planted but Iím totally ignorant with regulators.

I am considering Tropica Aquasoil, I want a carpet, and CO2. Thatís all I know right now. Lol


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