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Old 12-27-2011, 09:41 PM   #1
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co2 setup - help :/

Hey everyone,
I was hoping that you could help me out with setting up a pressurized co2 system. I thought I knew what I was doing, but the problem is that I'm starting to feel like it's greek.

So far I have decided on a 10 lb co2 canister from ebay.. And I know that I need a regulator, needle valve, and diffuser. The problem is that I'm not sure which brand to go with as far as the needle valve and regulator are concerned.

I'd like to not spend an insane amount of money on this ordeal.. I have about 250 total. Any input would be greatly appreciated
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The Milwaukee MA957 is a pretty solid unit IMO. I ran one for a while with no issues. You can get them for $89 shipped from eseasongear.com, and that includes the regulator, solenoid, bubble counter, needle valve, and 10' of co2 tubing. Basically, all you need is a cylinder, diffuser, and drop checker and you're set.
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That sounds great! so as far as a drop checker I'd just want something like this? http://www.amazon.com/Drop-Checker-I...5037783&sr=8-1
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That's expensive... This is what I got - Aquarium Glass Drop Checker x3 for Co2 Monitor Tester | eBay

All you need is 4dkh solution and bromethyl blue (API pH test solution, I'm sure others as well). You can get pre-made 4dkh solution on ebay for $5 - 4 dKH Reference Solution For Co2 Drop Checker pH | eBay or make your own (there's a sticky somewhere around here with directions).
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wow thanks for your help I really appreciate it
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Old 12-27-2011, 10:27 PM   #6
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would it be a better idea to just run my co2 line into my eheim 2215 rather than getting a diffuser? I'm thinking this might be my best bet.
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I built an inline reactor that hooked in to the return from my eheim 2224. A simple 2' PVC chamber with a hose barb on each end, water enters the top from the canister, co2 enters the bottom from the regulator, water leaves at the bottom and returns to the tank. No bubbles in tank, 100% diffusion, no clutter in tank.
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I'd love to see a picture of this
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that looks amazing! probably should go with the bell for now hahaha looks like we might have almost the same kind of tank design tho
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