So CO2 diffusion. This is the tale of how I lost 3 hours on Saturday.
In most of my other tank I use in tank diffusers which is pretty much the worst dissolution method there is, so I wanted to upgrade and be more efficient. Like most aquarists and aquascapers, we buy supplies and pieces of equipment to try. A few years ago I had come into possession of a CO2 atomizer.
Although I had already set up the canister filter and filled up the tank I decided to try to hook it up, so after some maneuvering and scratched knuckles I finally got it fitted. Yay!! As water slowly permeated the membrane I got increasingly excited to see it in action. Would there be complete dissolution or would I get the fine mist Iíve heard of? More excitement. While it was filling I was busy setting up the pressurized co2. All set, plugged in to my smart plug and powered up, then I saw it. The aquarist worst nightmare.
A tiny water droplets drip off the atomizer. Well maybe itís not that big a deal cause a hose may just need tightening. I turn the co2 on and watch with growing despair as the droplet becomes a stream. I adjust the hoses for a tighter seal. The stream continues until all the water is out of the atomizer and then I hear it, a tell tale hiss of co2 escaping along with my hopes and dreams.
Now the sinking realization hits that I have cut out a section of the tubing to fit the atomizer, I have to stop the filter and stop the outflow from siphoning all the water back into the stand and onto the floor. This would all be very easy except that the tank and stand are basically flush with the wall and I have less than 2Ē to work with and the tank is full (water testing) and therefore immovable without draining. I want to scream but that will wake the sleeping baby, and incur the wrath of the wife, a fate worse than death. After relooking the situation and questioning many other life decisions, I went and found another piece of tubing for a Sun Sun filter that I discarded but kept the bits and bobs. Fought with it for another half an hour, left more skin on the walls before I got it sorted.
The atomizer is still there for the moment, as I was thinking on how I can fix it but Iím unsure cause Iím worried that the pressure of the CO2 will cause it to leak again and I really donít want to have that happen especially while Iím not home.
The offending atomizer.
Area marked is where the leak appears to be coming from.
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