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Unread postAuthor: nsane-spuds » Thu Jun 26, 2008 12:39 pm

Ok, here is my question: I keep seeing these cheap co2 regulators and i was wondering if it could be used... anyone ever had any experience with them? I know that I should just get a palmer reg or sum thing but we all know how expensive they are...

So here is the link:
http://cgi.ebay.ca/Aquarium-Single-Pres ... dZViewItem

Oh, and also if anyone has a sort of cheap alternative to a palmer please tell me beacause I'm not quite sure I'm ready to spend 120$ on a reg yet
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Unread postAuthor: Gippeto » Thu Jun 26, 2008 1:21 pm

I've never used one, but I can't see the output pressure being very high.

If it were more than 3-4psi, it would be blowing your fish and plants around. Aquarium air pumps are around 4psi.

Some guys are using a co2 regulator designed to run nailers. I think they would have "standard" threads allowing the use of paintball tanks, but I don't know for sure.

The Palmer unit does frequently get recommended when the subject comes up.

Save your money and buy something which you KNOW will work. It is frequently the less costly route.

Another thread on the subject;

http://www.spudfiles.com/forums/viewtop ... tml#193741
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Unread postAuthor: D_Hall » Thu Jun 26, 2008 2:27 pm

Aside: Why would you need a CO2 regulator for an aquarium? Wouldn't having excessive CO2 disolved in the water kill your fish??
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Unread postAuthor: kablooie » Thu Jun 26, 2008 2:43 pm

Maybe the CO2 is for plants that need it dissolved in the water to photosynthesize. Just a guess.
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Unread postAuthor: iknowmy3tables » Thu Jun 26, 2008 6:37 pm

yes it should work aquarium regulators are like any regulator, that's actually pretty cheap for an aquarium regulator, but I'm sure it's not that reliable, but it's cheap
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Unread postAuthor: grumpy » Thu Jun 26, 2008 7:21 pm

aquarium regulators only put out 50 or 60 psi at the most, and normaly only put out 15 to 20 psi depending on how many plants in the aquarium and how large the aquarium. i recomend either a palmers reg or the kobalt reg, and yes paintball tanks will fit it including hpa tanks used in paintball.
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Unread postAuthor: nsane-spuds » Thu Jun 26, 2008 7:51 pm

Ok, thanks a lot for all the input but i think i will go with this one:
http://store.centerflagproducts.com/ind ... tegoryID=2
65$ its not that bad for a reg...
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Unread postAuthor: grumpy » Thu Jun 26, 2008 8:08 pm

i would check and make sure it can handle co2, not all regs are compatible with co2.
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