Wanted: Cheapest co2 solution

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    Hi guys,

    I have kitted out a new 60L tank which I want to be planted. I have a ISTA disposable canaister set for my smaller 20L tank, would this be sufficient for the 60L? if not where can I get a co2 solanoid and regulator set that does not kill someones bank account lol

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    is banggood actually reliable?
     
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    Banggood is reliable (well at least before the Covid story).
     
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    Very reliable, have purchased a lot of aquatic stuff from them and never had a issue. During lock down level 5 and 4 it was a issue as they would not ship to SA. But they are shipping again now and I recently purchased from them. Just do your homework first as not all the products are necessarily cheaper and often work out to the same price or more when you add in the shipping. I generally only purchase what I know is almost impossible to get in SA and also stuff I know is much cheaper like the Co2 stuff.

    In general I think the importers who import the more so called "specialist" stuff, tend to milk the trade a bit since they can and unfortunately what I have seen over the years is that South Africans will pay almost anything for hobbies despite the price and despite the fact that you can often checkup online and find it much cheaper. However, I used to be involved in RC racing and when we first started years back, their were many hobby shops around. Today their are almost non, this due to the fact that the guys who are really into the hobby are generally tech wize and street smart and found better pricing and service from overseas online stores and as a result this negatively effected the retail hobby stores, who were kinda of trapped in the middle between the importer/distributors and the buying public. To this end I have found that Banggood is very good for these types of specialist items in terms of price and delivery. Most times the product is delivered to your door within 3 weeks max. Sometimes even as little as 5 days!

    Do your homework first!!

    Local Pricing:
    https://rebelpets.co.za/shop/all-products/fish/filtration/sponge-filters/double-sponge-water-filter/

    Overseas online Pricing: ( Not cheaper once you add back shipping, Vat and any duties if any)
    https://www.banggood.com/Air-Pump-B...4.html?rmmds=search&ID=49317&cur_warehouse=CN

    Local Pricing: (You can make up your own minds about this one)
    https://rebelpets.co.za/shop/all-products/fish/planted/co2-regulator/

    Do your homework!!!!!!
     
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    Thank you for the informative reply. I often research and area to a degree where I can gather as much information as possible before I buy any products.

    currently the tank I have is as follows:

    -Normal glass 60L tank
    -dophin sh280 filter pump
    -short 100w heater
    -ADA filter soil as well as white gravel
    -HC grass and some Brazilian sword
    -chihiro A601 led light system (excuse spelling, may have gotten it wrong)

    I then went on to buy a disposable co2 kit from ISTA which costs around R200 bucks. I am not certain as to whether 1 bubble every 5 seconds is enough for the plants I have as the actualy disposible set is easy to use as well as hard to gauge herein lies the trade off.

    so when I went onto Banggood I did see that it would be cheaper to apply this combo:

    1) https://www.banggood.com/G58-Aquari...A&rmmds=cart_middle_products&cur_warehouse=CN

    2)https://www.banggood.com/Cylinder-A...A&rmmds=cart_middle_products&cur_warehouse=CN

    number two is the soda stream adapter as I found the cylinders to be cheaper when starting out and refill is not terrible either.

    the question I have is whether it is fine to make use of the Banggood South Africa direct mail (tax free) service or does one have to use the express mail (this is significantly more expensive)
     
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    See if you can start without the CO2 - swords do not need it, and you can get going with HC without - just slow going.

    Later Ferdie
     
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    Perfectly fine, use the direct mail option and you will be notified by sms and email once its landed and the additonal duty and vat charges that you will need to pay, which you simply do online. Once paid it gets delivered to your door. If you use the tax free option its the same except the duty and vat is pre calculated and you pay upfront.

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