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Old 10-06-2014, 09:20 PM   #11
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Usually a couple of hours. Sometimes less. If it takes a while them either the temp is too low or there is a leak in the plumbing.
No baking soda. Just never tried it.


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I've used fresh's method (find his thread) with the reccomend heat and baking soda, had bubbles within an hour every time.. I took great care in constructing all components, testing everything in a 5 gal.bucket for leaks helps!

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Do I unplug the hose from the filter at night or do I just leave it in. It's in an internal filter btw.


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Also check he check valves. I know that sounds weird but the inexpensive ones can be hot or miss. I use a plastic syringe to test their ability to prevent back flow. Especially helpful when running multiple bottles.


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Do I unplug the hose from the filter at night or do I just leave it in. It's in an internal filter btw.


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I let it run. If you are really concerned about CO2 build up then you can put a small pump or air pump on a timer and run it at night.


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Oh and your bubbles per second if u happen to remember or like whats a good bps


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Sorry, I missed this one. Hmmm...I think I got 1 bps. Not sure.
One thing you can get that applies to DIY and pressurized is a drop checker. It will give you an idea of how much CO2 is getting dissolved in the water column. With DIY I believe it got a light green color most of the time.


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Here are some pic of my setupClick image for larger version

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It shoots out a pretty good amount of bubbles. When I had it off the filter it was at more then a bubble a second like a bubble every .88 seconds :P and the air pump is for the air stone


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