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Old 01-20-2013, 10:30 PM   #1
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Atomic Inline CO2 Diffuser?


Ok I went out and got myself a CO2 tank and regulatorwith bubble counter) today at my LFS. I also ordered a Fluval 306 on [Ebay Link Removed] I want to use an inline diffuser and found this one:

http://greenleafaquariums.com/co2-di...ffuser-16.html

Is this a good one to use or should I look at other ones? Also if I get an inline heater should I put it before or after the diffuser?

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Old 01-20-2013, 10:56 PM   #2
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I just installed mine and couldn't be happier. Just remember that all the atomic line equipment works better at 30psi.
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Only problem is that it's much easier to gas your fish. Be careful.
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Is getting to 30 psi a problem?
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would this one be a better choice?

http://www.amazon.com/U-P-Aqua-Inlin...rds=inline+co2
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That looks like almost the same diffuser not sure but just aqua up brand. I meant anything that refers to atomic or atomizer I'm pretty sure needs 30psi. Not knowing what regulator you have, we can't tell you if getting 30psi is a problem or not.
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No Up Aqua is rather cheap.
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:01 AM   #8
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Hmm well I dont know what kind it is either lol. It doesnt have any markings on it. Heres a pic of it next to a coke can for size reference. The gauges go up to 3500 psi and 140psi
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That one is adjustable up to 140 working psi, so you would not have any trouble getting it up to 30psi into the atomic diffuser. You would use that large black knob in front to adjust working pressure, then use the needle valve on the right side of it below the bubble counter to adjust how much co2 goes into the tank. I would suggest getting a drop checker though, so you can make sure you don't add to much co2 and gas the fish. I'd start at 1 bps and see how the indicator solution looks after a few hours, then adjust accordingly from there till you're getting that nice green color.

But yeah, I've never used the atomic diffuser, or any other for that matter, however I've found very very few bad reviews on it. Only complaint I've seen is a buildup of algae inside the diffuser and not being able to clean it since it's encapsulated.

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Hmm well I dont know what kind it is either lol. It doesnt have any markings on it. Heres a pic of it next to a coke can for size reference. The gauges go up to 3500 psi and 140psi
That's a regulator. Judging by the nondescript gauges, it looks like a Milwaukee. A diffusor is something that either sits inside the tank ot connects up to a canister return line to release fine bubbles into the tank.
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But yeah, I've never used the atomic diffuser, or any other for that matter, however I've found very very few bad reviews on it. Only complaint I've seen is a buildup of algae inside the diffuser and not being able to clean it since it's encapsulated.

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Have you tried soaking in bleach and giving it sufficient time to work?
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Have you tried soaking in bleach and giving it sufficient time to work?
I personally have not had one, but it's the one I'm looking to get for my setup, so I was doing a lot of review searching to see what people thought.

Soaking it in bleach probably would be effective, or even setting a pump up to it and letting the pump run a bleach water solution through it. My only concern is that the diffuser portion may act as a sponge, making it hard to get all the bleach out, so if I get an algae issue in the diffuser I'd probably try vinegar water first.

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