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Old 08-09-2007, 11:25 PM   #1
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Neutrally Buoyant Al 80 Tanks

If you were gonna buy an Al 80 tank, would you spend the extra for the neutrally buoyant one?
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Old 08-09-2007, 11:47 PM   #2
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it depends on if I could get steel for the same price
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Old 08-10-2007, 03:36 AM   #3
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No, neutrally buoyant 80s don't really make that much of a difference on your weighting. You'll end up taking off a few lbs. You're better off getting a steel tank for just a little more than the neutrally bouyant tank.
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Old 08-10-2007, 07:23 AM   #4
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Well I will have to go back and look at what I paid, but as I recall, the Neutral 80 was only slightly more than the normal 80, and was still WAY less than the Steel 100 or 120. Remember that the neutral 80 is authorized up to 3300 psi, and that Scubatoys will fill it to that, which also gives you more air than a normal 80. I have been VERY pleased with mine.
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Old 08-10-2007, 07:56 AM   #5
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Well I will have to go back and look at what I paid, but as I recall, the Neutral 80 was only slightly more than the normal 80, and was still WAY less than the Steel 100 or 120. Remember that the neutral 80 is authorized up to 3300 psi, and that Scubatoys will fill it to that, which also gives you more air than a normal 80. I have been VERY pleased with mine.
While there are many places that will fill them to 3300 be aware that there are places that won't or can't. If you only get a 3000 fill, then you end up up with a 73 instead of an 80.

A better option in my opinion is a LP 85. If you get it filled to 3000 then you end up with 97 cubic feet of gas. While most places probably won't overfill as a rule, I've had it filled like that because they weren't paying attention. And LP tanks cost less than HP tanks.
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If you were gonna buy an Al 80 tank, would you spend the extra for the neutrally buoyant one?

take the extra money spent and get a steel tank instead. In the long run, you'll be glad you did.
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Old 08-10-2007, 09:26 AM   #7
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take the extra money spent and get a steel tank instead. In the long run, you'll be glad you did.
I agree. Steel tanks are generally the way to go if you dive a drysuit, or a thick wetsuit.

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take the extra money spent and get a steel tank instead. In the long run, you'll be glad you did.
I agree. Steel tanks are generally the way to go if you dive a drysuit, or a thick wetsuit.

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A steel 85 & my BP/W is perfect in the ocean with my shortie. I'm just slightly negative, and I need no other weight.
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For the same money or less you can get a worthington steel LP 77. 77cf is the same air volume as the al80's and you get it in a smaller package and the advantages of steel...

I have two al80's and when I need more tanks of that size they will be steel. They only steel tank that I have right now is a HP 130, which is a monster but I love it...

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A steel 85 & my BP/W is perfect in the ocean with my shortie. I'm just slightly negative, and I need no other weight.
What's the fill on your 85?

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