yea darkblade...beginners to this hobby really thank you and are very appreciative of the time uv taken to help us all out. this stuff can be a bit confusing if uv never seen any of it before...so thank you for clearing many of my questions up.
Depending on the needle valve you have, there are several options available.
For example, in my particular setup, I have a 1/8" male fitting on my metering valve. Thi screws in perfectly to my 1/8" female fitting on my JBJ bubble counter. On the other end of my bubble counter, I have a compression fitting that fits into the tubing as normal.
Some people like to skip the bubble counter, and attach either a compression fitting or a hose barb fitting directly to the needle valve. This method also works.
OMG your grammar critics must be gradeschool english teachers or something Thanks for this and all of your posts- lots of thought seem to be put into them and they're very helpful. Keep it up! I was actually thinking of not even getting pressurized Co2 because it was so confusing, but this clears it all up!! ÷wnage!
Question regarding bubble counters. Are they really required? From what I have read about the right CO2 levels is to turn it up slowly until your fish start showing symptoms then dail it down to where they are normal. I understand a bubble counter will help you figure out how much CO2 goes in the tank but wouldn't having a drop checker and checking the health of your fish be enough?
A bubble counter is not absolutely required. You can turn your CO2 slowly up until your fish start showing symptoms, and then dial it back down. Using this method takes some time, and can be stressful for more delicate species.
A drop checker takes some time to equilibrate to the CO2 levels within the water.
A bubble counter serves as an instant check to see how fast you are injecting CO2 into the aquarium.