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I really want a pressurized CO2 for my tank and I started saving up for one so I hope I can get one after Christmas. But I was thinking since my tank is pretty small and I can get free paintball CO2 tanks (the good thing that comes from having a friend who plays professional paintball :hihi: ) that maybe I should get that instead, at least for now. What regulator, solenoid, needle valve I need for a paintball tank and how much are they? I was thinking of getting the biggest one which is I think oz or 32oz or the size of the tank doesn't matter? If anyione has a link to what I need would be greatly appreciated.
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I can't remember who sells them, but there are paintball to CGA320 adaptors. I would really recommend buying a standard regulator and adapting it to a paintball tank. This way once you are ready to get the bigger tank you won't need additional equipment, just remove the adaptor.

http://www.homebrewing.org/The-Adapter-CO2-regulator-to-Paintball-tank-Adapter_p_1122.html


The piece you need is the silver piece with a male and female end.

I have no first hand experience with this, though, I just looked into it before I came across my bigger setup. I have a couple extra paintball tanks laying around.
 

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I'm not sure what the biggest paintball tank is but my sporting good store's largest paintball tank is a 24oz.
 

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I can't remember who sells them, but there are paintball to CGA320 adaptors. I would really recommend buying a standard regulator and adapting it to a paintball tank. This way once you are ready to get the bigger tank you won't need additional equipment, just remove the adaptor.

http://www.homebrewing.org/The-Adapter-CO2-regulator-to-Paintball-tank-Adapter_p_1122.html


The piece you need is the silver piece with a male and female end.

I have no first hand experience with this, though, I just looked into it before I came across my bigger setup. I have a couple extra paintball tanks laying around.
Thanks! I will definitley look into it , I like this since eventually I will be getting a biger tank :D
 

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I'm not sure what the biggest paintball tank is but my sporting good store's largest paintball tank is a 24oz.
I just looked it up there is a 32oz tank :)

Thanks Left C :D
Damn $160 is kinda expensive, I was hoping it would be a little cheaper. I can get this instead http://www.greenleafaquariums.com/co2-regulators/nature-beast-regulator.html and get an adapter that DevinWolfe mentioned....

By the way is the regulator I posted a link to worth getting?

Thanks again guys :D I don't know what I would do without you all :tongue:
 

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The Nature Beast CO2 Regulator that you picked doesn''t have a bubble counter and it is not made for a painball cylinder. You'll need an adapter.

The Primo CO2 Regulator is similar, but it has a bubble counter.
http://www.greenleafaquariums.com/co2-regulators/primo-co2-regulator.html

I believe that these two regulators come with the very good Fabco needle valve. This same valve isn't on the paintball regulator that I linked, but Orlando may add it to it.

If I were you and I wanted to stay in the hobby for a while, I would get a regulator for a CGA-320 cylinder and get an adapter for paintball use. This way you can switch to 5# or larger CO2 cylinders. They are usually cheaper in the long run.

The Nature Best and Primo are such regulators.

SuMo has some nice regulators too. Have you looked at them?
Premier: http://www.sumoregulator.com/PremierLine.html
Hallmark: (this line uses the Cornelius regulator that you picked in the regulator above) http://www.sumoregulator.com/HallmarkLine.html

Another option is to build your own. There is some info in the Victor thread.
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/equipment/72328-victor-dual-stage-regulator-pimp-club.html
 

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Thanks Left C :D

I didn't notice that Nature beast doesn't have a bubble counter, I was just trying to compare the prices :)

I think I will go with one you listed and just get an adapter for $15, I do eventually wanna get a bigger tank. I will look at all the link you listed. Thanks so much for all the help :D
 

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Thanks Left C :D

I didn't notice that Nature beast doesn't have a bubble counter, I was just trying to compare the prices :)

I think I will go with one you listed and just get an adapter for $15, I do eventually wanna get a bigger tank. I will look at all the link you listed. Thanks so much for all the help :D
One thing to keep in mind though. If you get a standard regulator with a bubble counter attached and mount it on a paintball tank, the bubble counter will be sitting horizontal. Getting the standard regulator and using a paintball adapter is an excellent idea, but you may want to use an inline bubble counter so it isn't hanging sideways when you use it with a paintball tank.
 

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Hi funkyfish

I'm not familiar with paintball cylinders at all and I don't want to steer you wrong.

Follow what hbosman and any other people familiar with paintball tell you.

Some of my regulators have an auxiliary mounted bubble counter and they work just fine. I like the AM bubble counter, but I'm probably the only one that does.

As you mentioned, getting a regulator with a CGA-320 fitting and then getting a paintball adapter is a good way to go.

Rex Grigg also makes and sells regulators. His regulators have an inline mounted Fabco or Ideal valve with no attached bubble counter. They have the CGA-320 fitting. These regulators may work fine for your use as well.
http://www.bestaquariumregulator.com/index.htm

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I would bet that a custom regulator company couldn't help out wiht the orientation issue. Maybe they could create a custom adapter fitting that turns a right angle to solve the paintball tank issue. Definitely worth buying a quality regulator for the long- term and for neart-term dependability.

Regulators is all that the sumo guys do, so maybe it's worth giving them a shout. Also check and see if gla's is convertible once you switch.

Also, the tank is a one-time expense. Unless you're getting the paintball tanks full, it might not be worth the trouble.

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Thanks for all the info guys... I such a newbie with all this stuff so I really appreciate all the help :D
 
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