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Old 11-01-2011, 10:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have been given an 8oz CO2 cylinder. While I am aware that it is more cost effective to use a 5lb 10lb or 20lb cylinder they are at the moment too expensive for me.

I am very new to planted tanks and pressurized or DIY CO2 and have been reading more than my brain can handle about what goes where and how and what for?

What I have figured out is that I need some sort of pressure gauge and a bubble counter and hopefully if finances allow a Ph monitor. That and a CO2 reactor, although having said that I do see I can make one (if in fact I can follow the instructions.)

Is it feasible to use a pressure gauge initially meant for a paint ball gun, or are they totally different for an aquarium?

Thanks in advance for all your help and advice, I am just in informational overload at the moment.

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Old 11-01-2011, 10:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have been given an 8oz CO2 cylinder. While I am aware that it is more cost effective to use a 5lb 10lb or 20lb cylinder they are at the moment too expensive for me.

I am very new to planted tanks and pressurized or DIY CO2 and have been reading more than my brain can handle about what goes where and how and what for?

What I have figured out is that I need some sort of pressure gauge and a bubble counter and hopefully if finances allow a Ph monitor. That and a ph reactor, although having said that I do see I can make one (if in fact I can follow the instructions.)

Is it feasible to use a pressure gauge initially meant for a paint ball gun, or are they totally different for an aquarium?

Thanks in advance for all your help and advice, I am just in informational overload at the moment.

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Do you have pics of the cylinder? I have a 24oz bottle and a DIY Paintball adapter that allows you to control how much co2 comes out. I can sell it at a fair price. This one doesn't have a solenoid so you'd have to use it 24/7 or just turn it off and on manually. Unless your pushing co2 to the limit, running co2 24/7 won't hurt your livestock.

I suggest that you get a drop checker to monitor your co2 as well.


I think you mean a co2 reactor instead of a ph reactor. I don't use a ph monitor/controller since I don't see the point. I just use a drop checker with a timer to see how much co2 is in the water and adjust accordingly.
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I will post a picture tomorrow

Thanks for the idea.

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