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Re: [APD] Co2 kit

You can hunt down regulators on ebay, you don't need a
bubble counter, you can make your own external reactor
(100% absorbtion of CO2) by using the parts shown on this
very nice web site:


A decent needle valve can be had for about $16 at the web
store listed below.  A really deluxe needle valve, the
Swagelok B-SS4, goes for about $50 (ouch) but isn't

If you don't want to go the DIY route for parts, a
reasonalbly good package is the one from Milwaukee that's
available from a number of places, including here:


Item number CO-MKMA957US

Of course, it's a good idea to shop around once you settle
on the parts you are interested in.

Scott H.

This is a regulator, counter, solenoid, and needle valve
all in one package for a decent price.

Also note that in many places it costs about the same to
get a refill on a tank that holds 10 pounds of CO2 as one
that hold 5 pounds. The diff in price for  the larger tank
can be made up in savings on CO2 refills (and the fewer
trips to the refill station). Aluminum tanks are much
lighter and easier to handle than steel tanks.

This page on Chuck Gadd's web site shows the basics for
building an inexpensive internal reactor using a gravel
vauum tube.:

On this page, Chuck shows the basics on how to put together
a CO2 system "without spending a fortune""


You might want to cross the river in NJ to buy hardware
parts lke PVC and fittings. ;-)

Scott H.
--- wandy <unclemilton at earthlink_net> wrote:
> I have been following the threads and doing some research
> on using Co2.  I
> recognize the benefits in a planted tank and preparing to
> set up my first
> 30g since my long distant youth.
> Can anyone recommend a decent Co2 kit that won't break
> the bank? I live in
> NYC if that helps. 

S. Hieber

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