Fluval CO2 88g System

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Fluval CO2 88g System

Postby Superdan114 » Sat May 12, 2012 9:12 pm

hi there

Does anyone have one of these kits? I bought one online, and received it yesterday. The canister is empty after 24 hours!? The regulator is leaking CO2 from a small hole. Guessing it is some sort of pressure relief but cant find any info on it? Not sure if its broken or I am doing something wrong!?

Any help or eperience with this system would be great!

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Re: Fluval CO2 88g System

Postby cousin it » Sat May 12, 2012 10:57 pm

I have one of those systems here and found similar issues with it, I would contact the company you purchased it from about a replacement or a refund.
I gave up on trying to get this one working after it consumed several bottles in a similar manner and did a search on ebay and managed to get a normal pressurised system for about £40-£50.
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Re: Fluval CO2 88g System

Postby Superdan114 » Sun May 13, 2012 1:40 am

Thanks. I have contacted hagen (fluval) since the regulator is under warranty for two years after purchase. I have also read that it may have been due to a bad seal between the regulator and canister. But now the canister is empty and dont really fancy paying £11 for a new canister to try...just to find out it doesnt work again!! :roll:

Where did you manage to get a system from at that price? Even this little fluval system cost me just over £50. i have since been looking at making my own using refillable paintball tanks. But i am new to the whole pressurised CO2 and i have decided against it for now. At least until i can get a refund on this one or have the regulator replaced by hagen.

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Re: Fluval CO2 88g System

Postby cousin it » Sun May 13, 2012 12:17 pm

it took about 2 weeks to find a regulator that was listed as needing a replacement o ring between the regulator and the bottle which cost £20 and then a empty bottle which cost me £15 add around £10 for postage for both, the bottle did need to be refilled which added another £20 to the cost.
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Re: Fluval CO2 88g System

Postby Superdan114 » Sun May 13, 2012 2:24 pm

Thanks cousin it! What about something like this attached to a CO2 cylinder?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Aquarium-Co2- ... _849wt_952

Is it too simple?

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Re: Fluval CO2 88g System

Postby cousin it » Sun May 13, 2012 3:24 pm

personally I would hunt down a regulator with dials on it so that you can keep an eye on the level of co2 left in the bottle.
something like this one and a cheap cylinder here
a couple of weeks watching ebay can throw up a very good co2 system for very little outlay, people do not like dirty regulators or cylinders and generally those go for less, the outside of the cylinder being a little rusty is fine so long as it passes pressure testing when filled and in a cupboard you are never going to see it, or if you have a lfs that offers a swapout on refils like the one I use does the chances are you will probably have a completely different cylinder when you get a refil :mrgreen:
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Re: Fluval CO2 88g System

Postby Superdan114 » Sun May 13, 2012 4:27 pm

Thankyou! Amazing what you can turn up when you know what you are looking for! So these two items together is all i need? I have the bubble counter, diffuser and check valve. Will that regulator need a new O-ring aswel? Not sure if my lfs have that service but im sure i can find somewhere that will refill the bottle.

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Re: Fluval CO2 88g System

Postby Superdan114 » Sun May 13, 2012 4:33 pm

Also, what about going down the CO2 fire extinguisher route? There is place close to me that sells them for £15. 2kg bottle that is full and safety checked. So would not have pay postage or refill costs. Would the regulator you listed be suitable for use with an extinguisher?

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Re: Fluval CO2 88g System

Postby cousin it » Sun May 13, 2012 5:25 pm

I am not a fan of the fire extinguisher route, I have read several reports of cylinders failing after a few refils which is why I only use systems that are intended for aquaruims.
the regulator I listed will require an oring to attach it to the bottle, by the looks of the regulator it will probably use one like this
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Re: Fluval CO2 88g System

Postby Superdan114 » Sun May 13, 2012 6:49 pm

Is there anywhere i can get those seals in uk? A new seal may also cure the regulator problem with my fluval system too. you don't by any chance know what kind of seal/o-ring that would require.

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