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Ok, I have posted this a bit in my other thread, but I want to get a lot of opinions on what people think is the best so I can make my decision quicker.

Here are the specs:

58 gallon (3 foot) Oceanic tank

Lighting: http://www.tbaquatics.com/current-nova-extreme-pro-36-t5ho-3-10k-3-460nm-actinics-512.html and I will probably use 3 or 4 T5HO bulbs

Planning on medium to high light plants (haven't picked them all out yet), including ground cover (micro sword chain possibly).

So in your opinion, what is the best CO2 pressurized kit to buy? I am a busy gal so the more automated, the better. I can get the tank of CO2 from a local welding place.

Thanks!!
 

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Budget please. The best regulator will undoubtedly be a dual stage. However the better the needle valve, the more it will cost. A good needle valve is what really makes the setup good. I build custom setups and sell them here. I always use dual stage regs, and would not recommend using a single stage. I attach a solenoid, needle valve, check valve and usually a brass bubble counter onto the regulator and sell it a complete setup. This option can be more expensive than cheap pet store regulators, but is definitely the best option for a quality regulator.
 

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Uhm...up to $250 maybe?? I guess I'm pretty flexible, as I have decided I'm probably not buying a horse I was planning on spending $4000 for. If I can get a system that will not break/poop out easily, I will put more money towards it. Quality matters to me...I don't want to waste my money. :)
 

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Does that include the co2 tank? I can sell a top notch regulator basically for $250, but that would not include a CO2 tank. I also sell some cheaper, but still great quality.
 

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Would something simple like this work: http://www.fosterandsmithaquatics.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3578+3747+9935&pcatid=9935 ?

I am still learning the parts and what does what, and I think some of the other systems I've looked at go WAY above my head. Would that system I linked to support a 5-10 gallon CO2 tank?

And if anyone has a simple, but higher quality system that I can actually comprehend, please let me know. :) Thanks!!

Edit: Is this one any better?? http://www.aquariumplants.com/Red_Sea_CO2_System_500_Standard_Bottle_not_includ_p/red51070.htm
 

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I second the Aquatek recommendation. I just got one, along with a CGA320 to paintball adapter, and I'm pushing pressurized Co2 for around $125, including check valve, bubble counter, and a $8 ceramic diffuser.

It works great!
 

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AQUATEK CO2 Regulator with COOL TOUCH SOLENOID $79.99
http://www.amazon.com/AQUATEK-Regul...LM7G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1318369338&sr=8-1

My only regret was not purchasing the six outlet version and selling off a few of the spare needle valves and bubble counters.
AQUATEK PRO CO2 Regulator with COOL TOUCH Solenoid Emitter System: Six Outlets model with 6 FREE Bubble Counters $109.99
http://www.amazon.com/AQUATEK-Regul...YYTS/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1318369338&sr=8-3
With one of those you only need to get the CO2 tank correct? You don't need any other parts?
 

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Thanks--I have so many things I need to buy for my fish (RO/DI for my saltwater, protein skimmer for my saltwater, CO2 system for my planted tank, etc.) that I am thinking I should watch my $$ a little closer. :( But I will look into the Aquatak one if I would just have to get that and the CO2 tank.
 
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