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What are the best co2 regulators?

I have been thinking about getting a Green Leaf Aquarium regulator, but would like to consider other brands. What are some of the best and most reputable regulators? Price is not an issue to me.


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If price is not an issue I would either build a custom one yourself or have someone here on the forum build it for you
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Gla is the best non - custom out there. You'd really be willing to spend a couple grand on a regulator? I don't recommend that at all for multiple reasons. $500 would be the max I'd feel comfortable spending for performance.
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GLA is the only retailer I know making quality regulators for the hobby I'd feel comfortable recommending. I bought a setup awhile back and it has been performing flawlessly.

Aside from that you have a few forum members here, at the barrreport.com and APC, that build and sell custom regs in the classifieds section.

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I also recommend GLA. I've had a couple of their regulators and I've had no problems with them. They work well and are built well.

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I also recommend GLA. I've had a couple of their regulators and I've had no problems with them. They work well and are built well.

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I have been heavily considering a GLA regulator for a long time. For how long have you been having your GLA regulator? After your co2 is set, do you ever have to readjust the needle valve? I used to consider buying an Aquatek mini regulator, and I read reviews where people state that they had to readjust the needle valve to keep the bubbles per second, and to me that is a no no.

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If price is not an issue I would either build a custom one yourself or have someone here on the forum build it for you
Why do you advise having a custom made one? The thing is that I am new to regulators, and wouldn't know how to tell if a build is solid or not, or which components of it are of high quality.

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Gla is the best non - custom out there. You'd really be willing to spend a couple grand on a regulator? I don't recommend that at all for multiple reasons. $500 would be the max I'd feel comfortable spending for performance.
I've been thinking about it, and I think $250 is the most I would pay. I am saying this because I know I can get a GLA regulator for a paintball talk for around that price. I prefer a paintball tank because I am limited on room.


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if your limited on room just get the paintball one. i finished my regulator build a few days ago and all together it was like $160 but i splurged on the needle valve and solenoid. if i didn't do that i probably could of gotten it down in the $130 range or even less.
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if your limited on room just get the paintball one. i finished my regulator build a few days ago and all together it was like $160 but i splurged on the needle valve and solenoid. if i didn't do that i probably could of gotten it down in the $130 range or even less.
I just made one for $90. Was mostly luck though. (And it's not the prettiest lol)
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I've been using a CO2 regulator from aquariumplants.com for 5 years now, and I haven't any issues whatsoever. It's all electronic, so there are no needles or valves or anything to wear out. I can set the bubble rate from 4/second all the way to a single bubble every 10 seconds just by rotating a dial. Yeah, it's one more thing to plug in under the aquarium, but I wouldn't even consider going non-electronic (at least for a regulator) ever again. I paid something like $250 I think, and haven't had to spend a single cent since 2009, and haven't even had to waste a single brain cell on problems either. It's never dumped CO2 at the end of the bottle either.

It's expensive but worth it, in my opinion.


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If my heart was set on a paintball reg I wouldn't hesitate to go with ...http://greenleafaquariums.com/produc...ulator-v2.html

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The best regulator is the one you built. There are a few DIY threads on this forum.
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+1 for GLA. They will get the job done / are reliable


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I own GLA Pro regulator. Can't say a word of bad thing about it.
The fact is the needle are very easy to adjust and STAY.

other then that, if you wanna pay more for more nicer product.
You should contact AlanLe who also in this board.
I saw his products and I don't think I can find any better then his.

Just my 2 cents.

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