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There are quite a few Different types of cylinders available for us in our aquariums, and people are often confused about which kind of cylinder and what connections it may use.
These can be split into two main types.
Standard refillable cylinders, including CO2 Fire Extinguishers
These include various sizes (1kg, 2kg, 5kg etc.), available from places like BOC, Energas, Pub gas suppliers, Hydroponics and Aquatic shops.
In most countries like Europe, Oceania and Asia, the connection is called BS341 / DIN477 / W21.8x14, but also you may find other names depending on the region:
- German Standard DIN 477 No.6
- Swiss Standard SN 219505 No.7
- British Standard BS 341 No.8
- French Standard NF type C
- Spanish Standard ITC EP-6, Tipo C
- Netherland Standard NEN 3268, RU 1
- Italy Standard UNI 4406
- Australian / Oceania Standard Type 30
- Japan JIS B 8246
Smaller types of disposable and refillable bottles
These can be split into three types.
- Sodastream (Contain around 500g of CO2) :
- These have special threads only produced by SodaStream. These are all the same connections except if you get the cylinders from New Zealand or Australia, which are different from the rest of the world.
- You need a specially designed adapter to use it with a standard CO2 regulator: https://www.co2art.co.uk/collections/co2-accessories/products/new-pro-series-co2-adapter-for-paintball-sodastream-disposable.
- The huge advantage of this type of bottle is that you can obtain them from most supermarkets worldwide.
- Non-aquatic disposable types.
- DIY disposable welding CO2. They contain 500g, 600g and 1kg of CO2. The connection Is an M10x1. These can be bought at places like Machine Mart, Halfords, eBay etc. You need a specially designed adapter with a standard CO2 regulator: Aquarium CO2 Accessories.
- Aquatic disposable cartridge type.
Those are a few examples of different thread types used in disposable cartridges :
3/8-24UNF - 16g cylinder
5/8-24UNF - 74g cylinder
M16*1.5 - 95g cylinder