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Old 11-26-2011, 10:28 PM   #1
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water in bubble counter

I was just wondering if an empty bubble counter affects the amount of gas reaching the tank.
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Old 11-26-2011, 11:55 PM   #2
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An empty bubble counter isn't an effective bubble counter, since there's nothing to show the bubbles. As far as the CO2 reaching the tank, an empty bubble counter won't make a difference once it's filled with CO2.
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Old 11-27-2011, 06:12 PM   #3
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Thanks, I figured it was a silly question. Just wondering if there were any subtle mechanical differences, full or not.
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Use veggie oil instead of water, it doesn't evaporate. Provided you have enough pressure, it won't make a bit of difference. If you don't have enough pressure, it might, though I would think the pressure from trying to push down in to the tank would have a greater effect.
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Use veggie oil instead of water, it doesn't evaporate. Provided you have enough pressure, it won't make a bit of difference. If you don't have enough pressure, it might, though I would think the pressure from trying to push down in to the tank would have a greater effect.
I like the veggie oil idea, I'm going to try that one. I have a 20 lb tank and the pressure has seemed consistent for the last six months. I installed the Milwaukee regulator and it has been doing a great job.
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As long as you keep ~10 psi on the right guage, you shouldn't have any problems at all.
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As long as you keep ~10 psi on the right guage, you shouldn't have any problems at all.
I blew the right gauge during the installation. The only way I know that I know there is any pressure at all is that the right needle is pegged. Plant (and algae) growth has been favorable.
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