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I found what I think is a deal for a complete setup for Co2. It has a 10lb tank, the regulator with gauges and a solenoid. They are asking $125 for it. Is that a good deal. I do not know the brand of regulator, but I think it may be a Milwuakee. It was previously used on a salt water tank, but I would like to use it for my plants. It has a little rust around the gauges, but otherwise appears to be in great condition.

Is this a good deal and will it work ok on a planted tank?

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Depends on the brand of the stuff in the setup.


If Milwuakee.....so so. You can almost buy new for the same price

If Victor - grab it.
 

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How would I know if it is a dual stage. It has two control knobs on it. It does not look like this Milwaukee regulator, but it does not look like a Victor either. It may possibly be a JBJ regulator, but there is no brand name anywhere on it. Only a part number of 050103 that I could not find any reference to on the internet. I will post some pictures of it once I get it home.
 

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I would think its probably a pretty good deal. For the most part you are going to be paying close to $100 just for the 10lb tank. If it is a complete system, especially with a diffuser, you could probably come out ahead even if you had to replace the regulator.
 

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See if you can get the date of the last hydro test. If it's over 5 years, you'll have to have one before it's filled again. Test is ~$25.00
 

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Here is a picture of it. Now that I can look at it closer, it does appear to be a Milwaukee regulator.



It was also full when I purchased it, so I am told at least. As far as the Hydro test, I believe I can take it down to the welding center and they will juts swap tanks with me when the time comes for a test.
 

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I would pass on this. The regulator (indeed it appears to be a Milwaukee with a Clippard needle valve) looks to be in iffy condition to me.

Edit: Figure that a 10 lb tank costs about 80 USD; that means you are getting the Milwaukee regulator in iffy condition for 45 USD...not the best deal, but...
 

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How would I know if it is a dual stage. It has two control knobs on it. It does not look like this Milwaukee regulator, but it does not look like a Victor either. It may possibly be a JBJ regulator, but there is no brand name anywhere on it. Only a part number of 050103 that I could not find any reference to on the internet. I will post some pictures of it once I get it home.
The great Victor thread had been moved to this site.

http://www.barrreport.com/showthread.php/6470-Dual-Stage-Regulators
 

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I think I will go with this for now, but plan on upgrading it in the near future and just look at this as a stepping stone. I need to get two co2 setups up and running and don't have much money to do it. This will at least get me started.

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Get rid of that clippard valve. In combination with the Milwaukee reg you are going to want to off yourself with that clippard. They are insanely touchy. invest in a good needle valve/metering valve and rest better.
 

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I am finding that out. I have been trying to dial it in all day. I can either get it set to off, or 3 bubbles per second, but not much in between.
 
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