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Old 03-05-2006, 03:51 PM   #1
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paintball c02

i have a 16 oz (not sure how many pounds for the americans) paintball co2 tank that i was wondering if i could use it for a pressurized co2 set up. i have the hagen ladder diffuser right now so all i would need is a regulator right? if so could i use any type of regulator or does it have to be bought specifically from an aquarium store? i have the hagen system on my tank right now and it puts out a decent amout of c02 about a bubble every 5 seconds but i guess pressurized would be a more direct form of co2 compared to what the fermentation canister is producing. any help on this would be great. thanks in advance.
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Old 03-05-2006, 04:20 PM   #2
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Any regulator will do, as long as it can get down to 20PSI or so. but the reg is going to cost you about 100$. Plamers Pursuit makes one that is used for kegs. It also screws directly onto the the bottle. I have a 20Oz bottle that I don't use anymore but I think You'ld be getting it filled every 4 weeks, a 16Oz (1/2lb) would be every 3 weeks... You can get a proper CGA regulator off ebay for 85$ new or about 50$ used. I can get you a 10lb tank full for 90$ (No tax) It's used but certified for another 5 years.

So 100$ for a 16Oz needs to be filled every 3 weeks
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As low as 140$ for a 10lb that needs to be filled every 9-10 months (15$/fill)

I don't see it as being a real "savings"
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Old 03-05-2006, 07:56 PM   #3
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will it really need to be filled that often? it is only a 20 gallon tank and it the 16 oz co2 tank is only $8 to fill. i can find a regulator on ebay for a reasonable price. i cant believe that it would need to be filled every 3 weeks that seems a little crazy.
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It's not that crazy.. 9 months is ~ 40 weeks so 4Weeks / lb is average on a 65-100Gal, so a 65Gal @ 16oz would last 2 weeks...

Also keep in mind, a "Cheap" regulator on Ebay for a paintball gun will also require an ASA and high pressure line (either steel braid or plastic) and connectors. Then you have to adapt the output with another ASA and Compression fitting to adapt the regulated output to your tubing.. If you have a Marker, look at the fittings from where the tank attaches to get to the reg, then the top of the reg is the same as the bottle..
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Old 03-05-2006, 10:43 PM   #5
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ya i guess it is a little more complicated than i thought lol. i will be checking out some internet sites to find out more info on how it is done. thanks for your help so far. does anybody have any suggestion for how i could do this and an exact list of all the parts?
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beveragefactory.com sells C)2 tanks pretty cheap and its not that much to refill tham at a welding shop
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a 10lb tank is 90$ full at a local Fire Extinguisher place here, and that is full (it's used, but who cares).. if you can't find one at a local place up there for this price, let me know.

I got my regulator off Ebay, probably the best place to get one..
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is there a specific seller u could reccomend or an ebay store? i have seena bunch of different retailers and from what i understand u can use like a keg regulator or things like that?what do i need besides the regulator? there is a local fill station near us that has all the different kinds of gas and co2 tanks available new and used but i have never checked out any priced. i would rather go with a 5 pound bottle for size reasons. thanks again
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are you sure its 16 oz? ive only seen 9 oz, 12 oz, and 20 oz.
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Old 03-05-2006, 11:19 PM   #10
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lol ya i was suprised when i bought it to lol. it is a 16oz for sure. i went to the fill shop and they have a price list for little co2 tanks and they had 9 12 and 20 so the guy didnt know what to charge me lol
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