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Old 04-13-2007, 10:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Has anyone purchased this regulator and if so what do you think of it?
What do you think of it even if you haven't purchased one?

I ordered one but have not received it yet. Also bought a 10 pound aluminum tank, the prices seemed to be good and shipping very reasonable.

Thanks, Brian
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You find that it works very well. Just follow the instructions on assembly and it will be fine. Did you get a controller?
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I did not. I'm taking baby steps although the tank and regulator were a pretty big leap. A controller will probably be the next step.
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cool, watch your bubble counts, and your fish. A drop checker would be good if you don't have a controller.
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Yeah, I had a thread going in "General Aquarium Plant Discussions" about drop checkers and decided that the maintenance I am saving going from ferment to pressurised would be used maintaining a drop checker. So I am going to start out real slow with the pressurised with regular ph checks until I get it set right.
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I have it and I am not really happy with it. The low pressure gauge only goes to 15 psi. The directions say to set it at 10 psi. The bubble rate is inconsistant at that low setting. I had to hook it up to a pH controller to get decent control over it. The other day, for some crazy reason, the low pressure gauge maxed out at past 15 psi for some crazy reason. I adjusted it back up to ~ 11 psi. The next day, the gauge was reading 0 psi but it still had the same bubble count as with the setting of 11 psi. I don't know what's wrong with the low pressure gauge but anyway, it's still working. I'm glad that it has a 3 year bumper to bumper warranty.

Here's the post where some different regulators were mentioned. You'll find this same comment as well as others from me and other people: http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/eq...ould-work.html
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Sorry to hear abour your experiance with it Left C, you might consider returning it. I've only owned mine for a few months now, and I'm not doing steady injection yet (still working on the hardscape), but I've tested it twice (once to test plumbing, once to test controller), for a couple days each, and mine works fine.

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Thanks Jon. That's what I'm going to do. I had trouble with this one from day one. There's something wrong with it for sure with the low pressure gauge. I got it a month or so when they first came out with it.

I've got the get the guys at AP.com to answer the phone and find my receipt. Getting a real person is a problem at AP.com.

I just don't think running this regulator at 10 psi can produce a constant bubble rate. Many of the other regulators run from ~ 30 to 60 psi to produce a constant bubble rate. I think that it is a design flaw but I may be wrong.

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I also noticed the low range on the low pressure gauge but thought everyone was running 10 to 15 psi. Now I am hearing more and more about inconsistant bubble rates at that low of pressure. One of the other reasons I went with AP.com was I emailed them 2 questions about the regulator and the tank and got an immediate response, which gave me a good feeling about customer service. The 3 year bumper to bumper also made me feel good. I just checked my email before logging on to APC and they emailed me to tell me mine has been shipped and will arrive Wednesday. I hope yours is an isolated incident Left C and I hope they resolve it favorably. If you would keep us posted as to the level of customer service after the sale. Even though I can't wait to hook mine up and get it going, I might leave it in the box until I hear what happens. I would really be interested to hear what they have to say about the low pressure gauge's range and whether or not they feel the need to change this in the future.
Thanks again for all of the input, Brian
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I build regulators on the same regulator body as the AP regulator. And lately I have seen a trend were the low side pressure needs to be a bit higher. I'm going to ask my supplier if something has changed in the regulator.

Other common problems that lead to inconsistent bubble rates are leaks.

I will also be transitioning to a different needle valve on the regulators I build. For just a few dollars more it's twice the needle valve.
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