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After tinkering with DIY co2, I have decided to invest in the real deal.

What are the specifics to look for?

I have heard that it's best to use "Food Grade" gas and equipment.

Anything else I should worry about or look at???

TIA,

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Ironically, I just bought that one. been researching and it looked good.

I got the one with the 2 chambers/bubble counters as I'm looking to add another tank down the road next to this one.

Here's hoping it flies better than the DIY setup.

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It's more consistent and you don't have to mix a new batch every week.

I put food-grade mineral oil in the bubble counter. Water in the counter evaporates. Food grade mineral oil is used to cure wood cutting board. You can find it at the hardware store.
Get yourself a couple of check valves for the CO2 line so the water doesn't back up into the bubble counter.
 

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Thanks for that tip! I'll stop and get some.

Also, getting the co2 cylinder this afternoon as the regulator is scheduled to arrive tomorrow.

Should be a fun weekend putting all of this together!

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How are you getting on with your CO2 equipment? I have mine running on a plants only tank for quite a while, and I am happy enough with it. I had to replace the bubble counter early on as well as one of the diffuser dishes. I went for the Aquatek 3 in 1 diffuser with built-in bubble counter. Works great!
 

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I've been using Co2art regulator; they have two models - i use the less expensive one. For CO2 I use 20lb canister (they come in 5lb, 10lb, 20lb, ...). They are a lot cheaper to buy (and refill) at welding shops or in some cases brewers. Avoid the little paint canister that fluval sell they are extremely expensive. a 20LB can last 8 to 12 months.
 
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