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DIY AquaMedic Bubble Counter(56k)

I'm trying to make my 30 gal planted tank as ADA style as possible, so everything messy-looking has to go. This includes water-bottle bubble counters(my old one). I thought I should buy one, but $20 for a peice of plastic with two holes? No thanks.

This DIY bubble counter is modeled after the Aquamedic bubble counter. Its made of a plastic audio tape case, which most everyone has. After making this DIY bubble counter, I just couldn't believe how beautiful it really was, and how it fit in with my tank style. One more step towards an ADA tank...

Ok, enough blabbering, lets get on with the pics!

1. Start with a audio tape case. Take off the clear cover by unhooking the sides.

2. Score with a sharp knife here:

3. Snap peice off with pliers.

4. Repeat for other side.
5. Score off the big side.

6. Snap off with pliers. Make sure you score deeply, or else you will miss the score line when you snap.

7. Use an sanding block, and sand all the uneveness out of the sides.
8. Take the big peice(right) you just snapped off, and form a fourth side with it. Superglue that side on.

9. Check for leaks, and seal them with the superglue.
10. Since there are already holes predrilled in the case, use them for some airline connectors.
11. Assemble like this:

12. Be sure to use a check valve, or this bubble counter will not work.
13. Fill with plain water by dipping bubble counter in water, and sucking the end of the tube. Water should enter in. Fill it halfway.
14. Attach it on to CO2 system(pressure or yeast)

15. Enjoy a beautiful DIY bubble counter. This one measures very accurately, and is fun to watch.


There we go then, comments are welcome...
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wow. complicated but seems like it's working.
You are in DC. Have you considered GWAPA meeting next week?

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My son has a soccer game that day.... Sounds interesting though.

I know that there are many steps to get the audio tape case modded, but it only take 30 minutes to put things together. It pays off in the end.
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GWAPA is really the place to get plants. If you think trades give good selection and value, the meetings are good values for getting plants.

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Works great for right now..just need to make a new one.

The one I just made got cracked. Sealed it with superglue.

Hopefully the new one will be crack-free!
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