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Hi There,

I am new to the whole pressurized world, so I am currently debating between 2 different regulator sets. Here are the ones I am after:

http://www.aquariumplants.com/product_p/co2-1.htm
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Milwaukee Co2 MA957 Regulator Set (pict http://www.automatedaquariums.com/mw_ma957.jpg)
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TOP GUN
http://www.aquariumplants.com/product_p/pr007.htm

I am going to get it from aquariumplants.com because they ship to canadians! hurray for us.

Can someone help me figure out the difference between these two items?

BIG thanks.

ps- a concern i was told about is the bubble counter, and it sipohing water back into the regulator once the solenoid turns off the flow.

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Welcome to the pressurized world!

Aquariumplants 'The Best' Regulator is their version of a made in the US regulator that they put together themselves. It has everything featured in the other regulators, but is suppose to have 'quality' craftmanship due to the fact that they made it themselves. It also has a better needle valve adjustment (controls CO2 output/bubble count) and a check valve.

The 'Top Gun' Model is a Milwaukee regulator with a modified bubble counter that includes a check valve to prevent water from back siphoning from the tank into the bubble counter and regulator.

The last option is just a Milwaukee regulator without the modified bubble counter. It has no check valve.


Weighing the three options, you'll be fine doing any of them. I personally would just get a simple milwaukee without the 'bells and whistles'. I haven't had any issues running 3 pressurized systems without check valves. But if you want the piece of mind, then go with the Top Gun.

Going for 'the Best' will give you finer adjustment of the bubbles, but the Milwaukee will do that too, but you'll have to fiddle around with the MA957 a couple of times before it's absolutely correct. I'll stick to my milwaukees for the price, and ease of use.

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Big Thanks John N.

I think I will go for the Top Gun setup then. Much appriciated.

When I get the regulator kit, is it fairly straight forward to attach to a CO2 cannister? are they all standard?

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The regulator has a fitting that screws to the outlet of the CO2 bottle, with a flat nylon washer in between as a seal. You need to use a wrench to tighten that connection very tight to avoid leaks. And, speaking of leaks, when you get it all hooked up and turned on, mix up a little water and dishwasher liquid and spray or brush or just dribble it on every connection on the regulator, tank, and up to the reactor, if you use one. Look for bubbles, like blowing soap bubbles. Where you find them is a leak.
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Thanks hoppy,

when I find a leak it's solved by tightening the connection?
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Thanks hoppy,

when I find a leak it's solved by tightening the connection?
Kinda depends on where the leak is. But usually leaks occur where the cylinder and regulator connect, so readjusting the washer, and adding some extra torque when tightening the connect will solve the problem.

You made a good choice with the regulator. I hear lots of people enjoy the top gun model.

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