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guaging interest... Paintball CO2 systems

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Hey folks,

After some discussion in chat about it, and meeting up with a paintball wizard... I can say for sure - using paintball CO2 bottles for planted aquaria is definitely on the horizon.

I say this because I found a source, and some rough pricing on some custom work...

Problem as with all manufacturers - is to make it worth their time and effort - they want a substantial minimum order (this case - 150).

How many of you out there would be interested? For rough estimate of 40us$ you'd get a fixed regulator, very fine adjustment needle valve (According to the manufacturer, they will do as low as 1bpm), and a tank side pressure guage. Just the basics - I'm sure one can add solenoids etc later if they wished.

Advantages: Basically initial price. Pressurized system for 70$us (20/24 oz paintball tanks/bottles are under 30$) Refills might be a little easier to find for those in areas away from industrial sources. Size could make them an attractive option for those with nano tanks at the office... And there is the bling factor - after all, no exchanges - so blow all the $ you want on a fancy bottle :)

Disadvantages: Long term cost - refills for the little bottles run 5-10$, and they wont last near as long as the 5lb you could get refilled for about the same price... Otherwise, it's basically the same system.

So, what sayeth APC?

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Lower Price! I found the Leland regulator for $100 including shipping at this site:

It fits the 74g CO2 bottles, which they also sell for under $10 each, so I'd rather go for the paint ball cylinder approach since they're refillable, and bigger.

Does anyone know where to find the 20oz adaptor that Dennis linked to at the site? I can't seem to find them anywhere.

So would I just need the Leland regulator, a 20oz paintball tank, and the 20oz adaptor to make this work?

Thanks everyone.
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