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Old 01-09-2011, 08:45 PM   #11
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I was curious about purchasing this set up online. I would be getting a smaller tank due to prices and room availability. But overall this thread is really helpful and the parts were easy to find online and fairly priced. I'm still new to the whole pressured CO2. Would you know what the bubble count should be for my 29G, medium planted. And I was hoping you would know how long your 20g tank would last, so I could use that as a base for a smaller tank. I was thinking a 10lb Aluminum cylinder.
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Welcome to AA!

the bubble count is not necessarily important, depending on how you control the selenoid. 1 bbs should be a good steady flow rate. On my 29, a 5lb tank lasted about 3 months. I was using a pH controller though, so that probably conserves some CO2 versus using timers.
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Stickied. Good article.
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Fort would definately know better than I because this is my first time with using regulated co2.

FYI, I saw a posting on a different site that advised the Perma Seal is incompatible with this particular type of regulator and to stick with the factory o rings. It did come with two. I rubberbanded the second one to the until so I don't misplace it.

I'll do additional research before the time comes to refill.
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FWIW, I have never even changed my orings, or used perma seal for that matter, and never have had a leak.
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Old 03-23-2011, 09:25 AM   #16
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you will eventually get liquid co2 going into your tank with the co2 canister being on its side like that...
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Maybe just prop up the head with a couple opposing 2x4 wedges to keep the liquid level from ever reaching the regulator. If it reaches the regulator, that's bad. When full the liquid level will be much, much higher. At the bare minimum you should have a 45 degree angle. Be careful.
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I was actually going to ask about the cylinder being on its side. Everything I've read/heard says that is not good for the valve and regulator. Have you had any issues?
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About how much was the whole setup?
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I was actually going to ask about the cylinder being on its side. Everything I've read/heard says that is not good for the valve and regulator. Have you had any issues?
Not at all. I did prop it up as you suggested.

I appreciated the info though. I just didn't have time respond at the time. So I'll say thanks now!

Thankfully, I got a new stand for the tank, and as soon I have time, will replace it with the old one. I will be able keep the cylander upright then.


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About how much was the whole setup?
The regulator was a gift, but I see the Milwaukee MA95 online costing $80-$90. You can probably get it for much less without the electric selinoid. When I switch tanks out I am going to take the selinoid off, as I decided I really don't want or need to put it on a timer or ph controller.

The CO2 was outrageous, but costs are very, very high were I live in Alaska. So, that price is going to vary greatly depending on where you live and if you buy your own cylander and have it fillled, or some places you pay a base price for a full one and then trade it for another for a cheaper price when its empty.

I already had CO2 tubing, which lasts longer than regular air tubing. I forgot the price, so it wasn't too much more than regular airline tubing.

I already had a glass diffuser at the time and it wasn't much, less than $5.

I bought two imported stainless steel check valves for $16, shipping included.

I later bought an inline diffuser for about $20.

For me, the expense of it all was worth every cent, and I'm a tightwad!
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