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Old 11-10-2007, 10:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hello, I've finally decided that I'd like to move into the world of high-tech.

I'm a little boggled, however, as although I've read a lot about pressurized CO2 and what constitutes a good system, I'm still confused as to how to go about making one. Two products I've been looking at:

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...35&pcatid=9935

http://www.petsolutions.com/CO2-Pro-...51070+C13.aspx

One seems to be for paint ball cylinders (which I know nothing about), and the other is for regular cylinders (which I also know nothing about).

Which, in your valuable experienced opinions, would be most cost effective and efficient? Also, what would you recommend I do as a beginner to pressurized CO2?

Much appreciated, thanks.
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Old 11-10-2007, 12:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The most cost effective pressurized CO2 system is the one with the biggest cylinder. It doesn't cost much more to fill a 20 pound cylinder than it does to fill a 5 pound cylinder. The paint ball systems are fine for a nano tank, where you don't use as much CO2, and have limited room to keep the cylinder. If you visit http://www.bestaquariumregulator.com/co2.html you can find what is probably the best quality regulator, but it does cost a bit more than a Milwaukee regulator, which I use. Either will work, but the better one will give you a lot less problems.
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Get as big of a cylinder as you can fit under your stand, like Hoppy said, a bigger tank isn't that much more to purchase or fill and you minimize time between fills. If you are taking the leap, don't fall short and skimp now, as a good regulator isn't that much more than a cheap regulator, and a cheap regulator will be much harder to set and operate and give more problems in the long run.
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How much do cylinders usually cost?
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Here is where I bought mine, it will give you a good idea.

http://www.aquariumplants.com/product_p/t.htm

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I have one of those.. Works very well.
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Some places that refill the CO2 cylinders also sell used ones, or they rent the cylinder to you and replace it with a filled one when you run out. I think that will be the cheapest place to get one. I didn't do that. I got mine off of ebay.
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Default Re: Taking the leap to pressurized CO2, eep!

I am running the same setup as well. The "Catalina" cylinders seem to be the most available from online dealers.
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