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Hello everyone. Im not new to fish keeping but noob as can be to planted tanks. After a little research, I decided that a complete CO2 system with a ph regulator would be the way to go. I'm planning on a 75 gallon set up with medium amount flora, but adding some discuss in the future. A couple of choices I came across...


http://www.greenleafaquariums.com/complete-co2-systems/choice-co2-system.html

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3578+3747+9933&pcatid=9933

...any suggestions? Thank you.
 

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Hello everyone. Im not new to fish keeping but noob as can be to planted tanks. After a little research, I decided that a complete CO2 system with a ph regulator would be the way to go. I'm planning on a 75 gallon set up with medium amount flora, but adding some discuss in the future. A couple of choices I came across...


http://www.greenleafaquariums.com/complete-co2-systems/choice-co2-system.html

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3578+3747+9933&pcatid=9933

...any suggestions? Thank you.

Ditch Dr foster & smith set up.... its a bit too expensive

Go ahead and buy the CO2 regulator for green leaf aquarium, however.... here is another website where you can save $

Aquabuys.com CO2 pH meter

The CO2 tank you can buy for far less than Greenleaf aquarium at a beverage or welding supply store within your home town..... You just need to shop around to get the best price..... I suggest a 5 or 10 lbs gas cylinder


Good luck!
 

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As Engold mentioned, don't go with Dr. Foster & Smith.

GLA is a good site, and Orlando gives great support, so you can consider purchasing from them.

The CO2 regulator that Engold linked to is a Milwaukee regulator. Some people have had trouble with it, while others have not. I would do some more research before committing to it. The Choice regulator from GLA uses a Cornelius (I believe) regulator, which is of better build quality than the Milwaukee (in my opinion).

Of course, if you are patient, handy with DIY and in no rush to get your pressurized CO2 setup, you could easily buy the individual parts on eBay and assemble the regulator yourself. Sometimes you can get excellent deals on very high quality parts (i.e. for the same cost as a "normal" regulator, I was able to build a setup with a Victor dual stage regulator a Swagelok needle valve and a Parker solenoid).
 

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Wow. Thanks guys for the quick reply. That link looks good Engold and really worth considering. And I'm currently researching Ebay for parts right now. Thank a lot!
 

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If you get a regulator from GLA, there are two different needle valves used on the regulators that are very good.

very good
- Super Precise Fabco NV-55 needle valve
- The superior Ideal Needle Valve - a precision metering valve with unmatched precision

I use the Ideal 52-1-12 that is mentioned above. It is very good!
 

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Aquabuys sold out for ph meter. Found this one on Ebay.


http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...&Category=3212&_trkparms=algo=LVI&its=I&otn=2

any good?

If you want to, do a search on this forum for hoppy's comments about his Milwaukee regulator. :icon_lol:

I have two of the Milwaukee SMS122 pH controllers that I've used for over three years. I don't have any complaints about them at all. There are more precise and more expensive controllers on the market place, but these SMS122's do a very good job for aquarium use.
 
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