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Re: [APD] CO2 System
I have posted this story before, but to repeat: I tried last summer to
save a lot of money by buying bits and pieces and making some parts for
a pressurized CO2 system. I bought a used regulator on ebay, picking a
seller who lived near me to save on shipping. I bought a needle valve,
a good one, on ebay, again from a seller only a hundred miles away to
save on shipping. Then I realized I needed a check valve, and bought
it from McMaster & Carr online, and even though the distributer was
only a hundred miles away, the shipping doubled the price. Then I
started looking for hose barbs so I could connect it all together with
air tubing. The valve was a special one, with very small barbs and an
odd size machined port on both ends, so it took two orders to finally
get the right size. The tubing I got from a model airplane store -
fuel line. Then I made a bubble counter from a small glass bottle.
So, I then totaled up my costs and found I was above $100 already, and
still no solenoid valve, which I decided I definitely want. I gave up,
gave away most of the parts, and bought a Milwaukee
regulator/valve/bubble counter/solenoid valve, on special from
aquabotanic for just $79. The moral of the story is that most likely,
the cheapest way to go is the combination regulator units of Milwaukee
and JBL. I still have to find a tank and CO2 supplier. Of all of the
stuff I will use, the only parts I would agree are not necessary are
the solenoid valve and the bubble counter. I hope that helps.
On Friday, November 18, 2005, at 12:37 PM, Joshua L. Wiegert wrote:
> I have a spare 55-gallon, and am considering "taking the plunge" and
> with a pressurised CO2 system. The trouble is, I don't know what to
> : ) I've seen, for about 80-bucks a "complete system," just add tank.
> also seen ones for 400$. I don't know what components are neccessary,
> ones are pretty much neccessary, and what ones are just bells and
> I've also heard that one can purchase CO2 components on Ebay for other
> put them together, and go .. but, again, I don't know what I need.
> And I'm having a heck of a time finding a resource on the net..
> everything I
> look up seems to just say, "This is why you want to buy OUR
> system...". Can
> anyone point me towards a websource on DIY CO2 (other than a yeast
> setup! :)
> Joshua L. Wiegert
> Native Fish Conservancy Lists Administrator
> JLW at dune_net
> AIM UID: JoshuaWiegert
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