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Old 10-26-2017, 06:40 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Is the leak fixed? How many bubbles per second are you using? A 65 gallon tank should get a stream of bubbles, not 1 or 2 bubbles per second. Are you using 2 dKH water in the drop checker? That isn't necessary, but it does make it easier to see 10-20 ppm CO2.
Hey hoppy, thanks much for the help.

BPS: uncountable. But heres the thing you may find interesting, you say to have a stream of bubbles, that Is what I set it for, about 10bps (uncountable really). But after about 10 seconds max, it stops like there is something blocking the exit for the Co2 (diffuser). Now here is my hypothesis, since it Stops after 10 seconds, are the leaks coming from built up pressure due to the diffuser, NOT diffusing? Its an inline diffuser from GLA of course.

Yes using 2dKH water from NilocG

Also here is what GLA said to me after I applied to the pipe dope to the male threads into the female threads:


"I would wait for your new oring pack to arrive. Pipe dope really won’t or should not gave any effect on this connection. My best advise is to consult us, vs somebody else because nobody knows our co2 systems like us.

The new prints will fix you. Easy solution.

As for your drop checker being blue, and not enough co2 in water is more than likely due to the amount of co2 off gassing you have.

For example, what filter system do you use? A 65g tank is super easy to saturate with co2. So if you find your having trouble with co2 levels, look as to why your co2 is not staying in solution? Off gassing?

Lastly what diffuser are you using?"


I really think its the diffuser though causing all this, have from the start but no one believes me...
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Default Re: FIXING EVERYTHING!!! Fixing spree. Need Assistance with Co2 problem(s).

I have never seen one of those diffusers, so I have no idea how well they work. But, blocking the flow of CO2 will not raise the pressure in the CO2 line above what the regulator is set for - 35-40 psi.

I diffuse my CO2 into a 65 gallon tank using this pump: https://www.amazon.com/VicTsing-Subm...GA8NK6SENG85EA I put a small check valve on the end of the CO2 line, then stuck the output of that into the inlet grid of the pump. This gives me an almost constant flow of microscopic CO2 bubbles as the pump chops up the big CO2 bubbles. I use DIY CO2 and get around 15-20 ppm of CO2 that way. See https://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...tml#post945049 That thread also shows the check valve I use.

I'm not sure GLA understood where you used pipe dope. They seemed to believe you used it where the O ring is.
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Old 10-29-2017, 04:30 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Default Re: FIXING EVERYTHING!!! Fixing spree. Need Assistance with Co2 problem(s).

well
now gla is saying that its the diffuser, which is what ive been saying FROM THE START lol they say its clogged they will send a new one to see what happens
so now I wait lol!
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Default Re: FIXING EVERYTHING!!! Fixing spree. Need Assistance with Co2 problem(s).

I've looked at buying one of those inline diffusers.

If I recall, it's actually more of an atomizer, using a fine-pore ceramic, which was the reason I didn't purchase it. Fear of clogging with no means of opening it to clean out the ceramic. You could maybe try disconnecting it and giving it a scrub with a hard-bristle pipe cleaner, see if that helps.

I ended up purchasing an ISTA Max Mix instead.



It's better than complete garbage, which is unfortunately better than a lot of the products out there. The turbine at the top doesn't spin realiably regardless of how much water you blast it with, but there's more than enough agitation from the water getting sprayed around in the chamber to get the diffusion I need.

Alternatively, there's no shortage of DIY inline reactors that will set you back nothing more than the cost of some PVC cement and a couple odd bits of PVC and elbow joints.
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Default Re: FIXING EVERYTHING!!! Fixing spree. Need Assistance with Co2 problem(s).

I'm in Illinois right now at Aquatic Experience, going back on Monday morning so ill update this then.
But the diffuser has arrived.
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