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Hey guys.. Im looking for my best option locally to get Co2 refills..

Right now I have a Red Sea Co2 Pro system and a couple of paintball canisters. I am not ready to hook up the Co2 so I have time to return the paintball canisters and get a 2.5 lb tank.. which is what Im leaning towards.

Anyway.. I found an AIRGAS location near me.. and I am assuming right now that they will refill my tank..

I am curious where you guys go in your home town to get your refills.
 

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Better check with airgas. Mine did not do paintball.

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yeah I decided I don't want to mess with paintball.. are you saying that you use the Red Sea kit?

Also .. where do you get your Co2?
 

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I would go for the 5 lb tank. It's $5 extra from aquariumplants.com and you'll have twice as long before refills.

For refills I go to a local gas supplier. $17 or so for a 10 lb refill. You have to google who is in your area and then call and see if they sell to the general public. Generally these types of shops will be in the industrial areas. If you aren't somewhere super rural it shouldn't be a problem.
 

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i get my three 22oz paintball bottles, and my 5# tank fill at the paintball
store! (paintball ohio)<the name of the place...............

most of them airgas places will only swap out your nice new bottle for
one of their rusty ol bottles! some don't.
and tell you to hit the road.

no paint ball shops by you?
where do you ge your painball tanks filled now?
 

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i get my three 22oz paintball bottles, and my 5# tank fill at the paintball
store! (paintball ohio)<the name of the place...............

most of them airgas places will only swap out your nice new bottle for
one of their rusty ol bottles! some don't.
and tell you to hit the road.

no paint ball shops by you?
where do you ge your painball tanks filled now?
Tipsy I don't paintball so I don't know to be honest.. I am told that the Dicks Sporting Goods chain will do it..but I will have to call.. There is an Airgas place real close to my house.. so im hoping they will do it.

I also agree with the above poster.. 5lb is prob the way to go.. Im just trying to conserve space.
 

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I found a liquor store near me that fills tanks for home brewers, etc. Got my 5 lb filled for $12. I'd ask the LFS or check "welding supply", "beverage supply" or "brewer supply" in the yellow pages.

What size is your aquarium?

I highly recommend sticking with a CGA-320 style regulator & 5 or 2.5 lb CO2 cylinder. I initially set up a paintball system & was disappointed with various aspects of it. I was seduced by its compactness & ability to fill paintball cylinders at Dick's Sporting Goods.

I got my 5 lb cylinder from aquariumplants.com & am thrilled with it:thumbsup:

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For 5Lb + tanks try googling welding supply stores. Mine fills same day (in by 12 ready at 4) is $17 for 10Lb. Mine fills my tank -- other exchange and some do both IME.
 

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I found a liquor store near me that fills tanks for home brewers, etc. Got my 5 lb filled for $12. I'd ask the LFS or check "welding supply", "beverage supply" or "brewer supply" in the yellow pages.

What size is your aquarium?

I highly recommend sticking with a CGA-320 style regulator & 5 or 2.5 lb CO2 cylinder. I initially set up a paintball system & was disappointed with various aspects of it. I was seduced by its compactness & ability to fill paintball cylinders at Dick's Sporting Goods.

I got my 5 lb cylinder from aquariumplants.com & am thrilled with it:thumbsup:

M2CW
The red sea system I have will work with standard tanks and I agree.. going with 5lb once I can confirm where to get it locally.. Looks like I'll try Airgas and then Dicks Sporting goods first..
 

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Anyway.. I found an AIRGAS location near me.. and I am assuming right now that they will refill my tank.
You should definitely call the AirGas location before you take your cylinder there. Not all AirGas locations do refills. The AirGas location near me won't refill; they will only swap. I didn't want to swap my shiny new aluminum cylinder for an old dirty one. Luckily I found a local gas & welding supply store that does refills.

Oh, and remember to bring a pair of gloves.... the cylinder is wicked cold when they give it back to you. No one warned me about that and I nearly froze my poor little handses.
 

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There is a local gardening and home brewing store I go to that does an exchange for a flat $20 fee. I will be using their service once I get my hands on a 20# tank. Right now I am using a paintball tank and I get it filled at a local sporting good store called Dicks.
 

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Man...you guys are getting your refills CHEAP!!!!

My local AIRGAS - $25.00 for 5#

Local Fire Supply - $21.20 for 5#
 

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My local airgas only does swaps and it's outrageous compared to most of the prices listed here. I think I paid almost $50 for a 10# swap. Usually I go to a home brew supplier they're closer to $20-25 for the 10# swap. There is also a hydroponic store nearby that does swaps but they require you to have one of their cylinders which I don't.
 
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