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Old 11-20-2005, 11:03 PM   #1
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Is this a good Co2 deal?

I just went to my lfs to check out their Co2 options...

I was pleased with what I found. For $250 (Australian) I can get the whole set-up (intergrated bubble counter, pipes, valves, tank and all) including commplimentary unlimited Co2 refills from the store.
That makes NO running costs.

I have a 20g community tank with about 2watts per gallon, but I want a lush aquatic garden. At the moment my plants are really suffering.
I'm thinknig seriously with going with this store set-up, but they are only going to hold it for a few days...Just thought I'd run it past you guys to see what you think before I did anything drastic!...

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Old 11-21-2005, 01:29 AM   #2
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for Austrailia, its prolly not a bad price at all. and it would work on a larger tank if you ever upgraded.
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Old 11-21-2005, 02:25 AM   #3
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Yeah, the guy at the store said it would be suitable for much larger tanks too.
I'm exited. I just re-aranged my aqua-scape (if i can call it that!) ready for some more plants...
I'll give it another day then I'll probably buy the set-up!
Glad you approve oh aquarium god. Can't wait to see the affects of Co2...and some actual plant growth!
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Old 11-21-2005, 02:34 AM   #4
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oops sorry forgot to ask...
What do you mean by "for Australia, its prolly not a bad price at all."?
I'm guessing things tend to be more expesive over here?

Just out of curiosity...how much would you pay to get the same set-up (vague atm I know) I'm getting?
oh...and if that price is super low...perhaps bump it up a bit to make me feel better!? lol.

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Old 11-21-2005, 08:40 AM   #5
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I paid $50 for my 20# Aluminum CO2 tank, and $70 for the regulator and glass diffuser. Refills are $15 each, and I suspect my tank will last well over a year. All $$ are American Dollars.

So I set up for $135 and probably $15 every 12-18 months.
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Old 11-21-2005, 11:54 AM   #6
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$50 for a 20lb tank is unheard of in my area. I paid $85 for a 5lb tank, and a bit over $100 for a 10lb tank.
Average cost of a Milwaukee regulator (dual gauge, solenoid, needle valve and bubble counter) is about $70 plus shipping.

So consider I paid about $150 for my first setup, and that didn't include a diffuser (so another $50 for my vortex reactor)

And yes, most aquarium components are a little more expensive in austrialia, due to currency conversion and also that most of your goods have to be shipped from over-seas, where ours are produced here.

On the flip side, many of your saltwater fish are much cheaper than what I pay in the middle of the US (landlocked state)
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Old 11-21-2005, 12:00 PM   #7
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AU is about the same as a canadian dollar. This doesn't seem like a bad price at all to me. I looked into one at big als, to order it in it'd be over 230 dollars, done deal. Not including 15% tax here.

I believe that some area's have strict laws regarding high pressure cantainers. I know my mom had to get her oxygen tank certified before she could have it in our basement. She makes glass beads. Now she has an oxygen extractor, similar to what a hospital uses. Basically takes the nitrogen out of the air.

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Strict laws = stores that can gouge you for something simple like a container.
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I think high pressure containers have to be 'stress tested' every so often here too, but not sure. I suppose when I fill it up again, the local CO2 dudes will let me know.
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Old 11-21-2005, 02:36 PM   #9
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10# CO2 tanks are going on Ebay for $31 and $25 shipping, 20# is going for $50 and $30 shipping. A bit more than I paid, but still good deals I think. Used tanks are going for less, but you'd definitely want to test those. Regulators are going to $20 and up.
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wow! those are good prices! i paid $100 for a new 20 lb aluminum tank, and $154 for a regulator and ph controller/monitor. it costs $30 to fill the tank here in the city!
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