Co2 regulators

Discussion in 'Planted Tank Equipment' started by Ivan, Jul 27, 2011.

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    Hi everybody
    Had an idea of everyone listing their brand CO2 regulators that they use with pros and cons.
     
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    TUNZE (7077/2)

    Pro's:

    Best local bang for buck. Great needle valve. Well constructed. WIKA Instruments Gauges. Looks damn sexy. All parts locally available.

    Con's:

    None thus far.

    Milwaukee (MA957)

    Pro's:

    Very good local bang for buck. Local support and warranty through Milwaukee agents.

    Con's:

    Solenoid. Bubble counter just gets in the way. Non perma-seal compatible.

    SAGA (CO2-90)

    Pro's:

    Decent local bang for buck, if you can find regulator sold separate.

    Con's:

    Now packaged with cheap and iffy solenoid at almost double the price.

     
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    I think the UP Aqua regulator off ebay with a Fabco NV-55 inline needle valve upgrade is the best bang for buck. IMHO...

    Entry level regulators are pretty much all the same, but the needle valves cause trouble, and cheap no-name solenoids fail frequently...

    Unless you go for lab or hospital grade quality regulators, I suppose you will be fine with a normal entry level regulator of any brand, as long as you upgrade the needle valve immediately and perhaps later replace the solenoid with a decent one. In this case perhaps the Milwaukee is a good idea, mostly because of the wide network of local support.

    R.C. - regarding the perma seal - is a requirement not for the CO2 bottle to have an "inside" thread? I wish someone could actually show me pictures of how to fit the brass perma seal. I googled without any luck!
     
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    you need an inside thread...

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    Fantastic. Thanks so much! Now...where do we get a CO2 bottle with an inside thread?

    P.S. (off topic) - how's that pseudo Cyperus doing?
     
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    it is holding on, wouldnt say its growing or melting, so my guess its not aquatic and will fade fast once it starts..
     

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