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Old 06-03-2020, 09:42 AM   #1
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Default CO2 system with Sodastream CO2 canisters?

I've been running low tech planted aquarium for a while wanting to keep it relatively maintenance free. Now I'd like to try CO2 to see how much better it looks /w help of CO2.

I've been trying to see if I can put together reasonably priced system with parts off Amazon but can't find a decent source of CO2. Has anyone tried the sodastream CO2 canisters available from Canadian tire or other grocery stores? Looks like it will require an adapter to fit a regulator.
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Interesting idea. I am following your progress.
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well in my opinion u are better off going with a paint ball canister set up as the soda stream is diff threads then a paintball canister . a refill with sodastream is 24 .00 at refill centers .. approx. I have a sodastream and I can get it filled at a paintball store for 11.00 last time I was there . I think the better way is paintball canisters unless u have a sodastream and want to use it as a multiuse
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well in my opinion u are better off going with a paint ball canister set up as the soda stream is diff threads then a paintball canister . a refill with sodastream is 24 .00 at refill centers .. approx. I have a sodastream and I can get it filled at a paintball store for 11.00 last time I was there . I think the better way is paintball canisters unless u have a sodastream and want to use it as a multiuse
Thanks. I was considering this as well. What is the thread on paintball canisters? Do you need an adapter to fit a typical regulator to it?
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Agree with Tom, paintball setups are much better in every way. Aside from a convenience and different refill source, sodastreams are expensive and requires a special fitting.

Personally, just invest on the initial purchase of a 5 or 10 pounder, co2 equipment will last nearly forever, my oldest units are over 9 years old now. Still works like new. You may save $100 or so on a paintball setup because of the cheaper cylinders, but you'll make the difference back in refills within a couple of years. On a mid-tech 29g I used to get almost 2 years from a 10lb tank. Which saves a ton on refill and time.

Edit: yes, you need an adapter unless you buy a "paintball" regulator, which is normally just a regulator with a adapter. If there are special ones nowadays that are only fitted with a paintball adapter, i would highly advise on not getting those as that limits future upgrade possibilities.
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I've recently made the same upgrade you're considering. I got a 24oz paintball tank from amazon, and had been sitting on a 2-stage regulator by Ista. All the small items (bubble counter, check valve, diffuser) can be bought via amazon, ebay or even locally.
I agree with default about getting a proper CO2 cylinder, if you have the budget (I didn't). I'll upgrade if/when I can, but I'm in no rush.
For paintball tank adapters, the thread you need is CGA 320 (the standard regulator thread). Here's an example: https://www.amazon.ca/AQUATEK-CO2-Pa.../dp/B004M49QDC
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