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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-11-2011, 07:19 AM Thread Starter
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Any opinions on Do!aqua's co2 starter kit?

I was wondering if anyone has tried using this little guy:

http://www.adana-usa.com/index.php?m...roducts_id=678

I am looking for a co2 kit for my small 10.5 gallon planted tank and this guy looks interesting. Any opinions (or alternative suggestions) greatly appreciated!
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-11-2011, 07:47 AM
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Probably suffers the same issues as other small commercial CO2 kits (ie Fluvals), in that the cartridges don't last long and are really expensive to replace. I think each cartridge lasts maybe 2 weeks, so you're looking at a lot of money on replacements. I'd go with a paintball system or just yeast in a 2L bottle and a ceramic or glass diffuser if you're only doing a 10 gallon.
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I bought one of these guys and I'm trying to figure out how the bubble counter works. I just installed it today, but the only bubbles I see are coming out the top and there are too many to count.

How do I count the bubles that are supposed to be at 1 per second?
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Did you fill the body of the bubble counter with mineral oil? It slows the bubbles down so you can count them.

Make sure you put check valves before and after the bubble counter if you do that though.

For the OP, I have never used one of those, but I agree with Jaguar, just use a paintball setup or yeast CO2. A small paintball setup can cost less than $50 and only needs refilled every 3-6 months. Only costs a few dollars too.

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I just installed it today, but the only bubbles I see are coming out the top and there are too many to count.

How do I count the bubles that are supposed to be at 1 per second?
That was awesome!
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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-25-2012, 05:41 PM
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Why on earth would you spend that kind of money on a kit when you could get a regulator and a 5lb tank that would probably last you 5 years?

http://www.amazon.com/AQUATEK-Regula...ef=pd_sim_sg_2

http://www.amazon.com/5-LB-CO2-Cylin..._petsupplies_6

$137.50 + s/h. Good lord people. Oh well, it's your money.
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The way I understand it, the bubble counter in this kit IS the diffusor.

Does that mean I need to fill the defusor with water most of the way? I just am not seeing any bubbles at all in the whole setup until after the diffusion- and those are micro bubbles.

thanks, first time with co2 (other than yeast)
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Why on earth would you spend that kind of money on a kit when you could get a regulator and a 5lb tank that would probably last you 5 years?

http://www.amazon.com/AQUATEK-Regula...ef=pd_sim_sg_2

http://www.amazon.com/5-LB-CO2-Cylin..._petsupplies_6

$137.50 + s/h. Good lord people. Oh well, it's your money.
Some people like the nano regulators which I guess suits their theme. Some people like those huge dual stage brass regulators, again, they do it for function.

Regarding the bubble counter, it's really doesn't matter as long as you have a stable rate. Pay attention to the bubbles going up to the diffuser, try to count them as they hit the ceramic disk. If you have a ph drop checker, it would be a lot better as a measurement of Co2.

When people say "1 - 2 bps" they most likely are using those JBL bubble counters, it's all the same really as the diffusion methods are different and the ph drop checker gives you real measurement. My 2 bps with poor diffusion might be the same as someone with 1 bps with 100% diffusion. Also, if you do decide to get a ph checker, use a 4dkh solution to give you a consistent reading. 4dkh is just distilled water with baking soda.

Don't be so concern about the bps, set the thing and watch it a day or two to see how stable it is.

That is a beautiful Co2 kit by the way, wish I had money like you
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some of us just don't have the SPACE for the 5lb tanks... and need NANO everything..
find me a sleek looking inexpensive option and i'll go for it... till then my poor plants feel all CO2 deprived...

and speaking of cheep.. the diy yeast kits (lid/gauge/etc)... am i better off paint ball? and just how big is a paint ball system? (the can, and regulator)
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You can use full-sized regulators (there are some small ones out there, though - so go looking for them) on paintball tanks. Just takes a $10 adapter.
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Digging this thread up to ask a followup question.

How do you go about cleaning (removing algae) from the top of the diffusor? I can't get anything to clean it properly...

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Digging this thread up to ask a followup question.

How do you go about cleaning (removing algae) from the top of the diffusor? I can't get anything to clean it properly...

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I bleach mine.
+1 on bleach. Just leave it in there (no scrubbing) and after it's clean, soak in some water with 2x the recommended amount of dechlorinator.

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