Pressure raised co2 advice

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  1. JDV

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    Hi all

    So I am seriously thinking of moving my tank to high tech. I have done a lot of
    reading and read some very scary threads of what can go wring and how to mitigate
    from medical grade co2 regulators to dual stage regulators.

    I am still in very 2 minds if I should do it, but there is no rush first want to do some more reading
    on it.

    Can you guys recommend me a co2 regulator, needle valve and solenoid and were in CPT I can get them.
    I am good with DIY so i can assemble the part if need be so it does not have to be all in one. I was looking at the SAGA but they are very expensive.

    Any other advice is also welcome.
     
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  3. Ammar

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    what size tank are you planning to run Co2 on ?
    i dont have much experience with CO2, although i do have a setup, I dont really use it at the moment, my plants are doing perfectly fine without any.

    I think if you get it wrong it might turn into a bit of a nightmare
     
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    JDV

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    Hi @Ammar

    Its a 2ft tank. YA the going wrong part is whats freaking me at the moment.
    But from what I have read it should be fine if common sense prevails "lol as my father say"
     
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    LOL, its always worth a try, on a 2foot it will be effective, with the right lighting as well.
    im sure plenty pros will be able to talk you thru it, i will also learn from this one...
     
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    JDV

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    Hi Guys

    Anybody got some advice for me on this? or is it just overall bad Idea ;)
     
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    If you can't source locally, there are a number of shops in Gauteng that will gladly ship what you need.
    I have used a number of Ista and SAGA CO2 accessories, and have never had any issues with them.
     
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    Thanks @Pezulu, I can get a SAGA from SAMS but its R2700, a bit on the expensive side. Maybe I should take it as
    a bad idea to start using Co2?
     
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    its not cheap at all, and with CO2 comes lights and ferts etc.. so it doesnt end...
     
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    lol @Ammar you funny when does it ever end in this hobby.
     
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    you are right... it doesnt end..
    setting up 18 tanks this weekend!!
    cant wait ( although some are just plastic containers )
     
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    People get tired of keeping aquariums, sell off their stuff cheaply and then a few years later start up again. So no, it never ends. There are just occasional absences.
     
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    Hi @TheGrissom

    lol so true, happend to me once or twice but, I usually try to keep the stuff if I have space for it. I know my self its a matter of time before the bug bits again.
    I had big tanks before had 2 x 4ft and 2x 3ft at one stage and left them at home when I moved out many years back. I shared the hobby with my old man.
    I had a marine tank about 4 years back worked my self stooped on the thing actually never enjoyed it.

    The 2ft planted I am really enjoying I should have gone for the 3 foot but to late now.
    I really want to try the pressure-raised co2 but scared out of my mind i get it wrong and paying R2700 for regulator I find hard to justify.
    I can get the co2 bottle for free so that saves some money.
     

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