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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-26-2013, 01:53 AM Thread Starter
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Bubble counter fluid in tank?!?

So I've got one of the Atomic Bubble Counters w/ integrated check valve from GLA set up on my 6G Edge with the smallest Atomic Diffuser. When I set it up 2 days ago I filled the counter up with the GLA Bubble Counter Fluid. Tonight when I looked at it only half the fluid is left in the counter and there is a greasy film on the top of my water and the underside of the tank top. Is something wrong with my setup that all that fluid is being forced up and into the tank? I'm only running about 1 bubble every couple of seconds and have an ADA EL valve solenoid in the line to shut down/start up the flow from the paintball tank with an up aqua simple diffuser. I assume the oil will come out during water changes, but anything else I should do?

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-26-2013, 02:32 AM
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You only need to fill the bubble counter about halfway full of liquid. Anymore, and you are risking that the bubbles (when bursting) will push some of the liquid up the airline, and eventually into the aquarium.

You can replace the drop checker fluid (which is most likely glycerin) with....glycerin (which is probably cheaper).

Alternatively, most people just use water.


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