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Gas Separator Question

The last couple of days some phlegm/snot has been developing on my limestone diffuser. I've read that a gas separator will reduce or eliminate this problem. Is there an ideal size for the separator or will any size bottle do? Does the size have any bearing on it's effectiveness? TIA.

I'm currently running diy co2 with a 1L bottle.
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IME, should not be an issue. As long as the CO2 bubbles in the water, you should be good. Any small water bottle should do.

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Will a gas seperator just move the snot to the tube in the bottle or does it actually eliminate it altogether?
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I added a separator earlier this evening and I was producing bubbles in my gas seperator, but not through my diffuser in the tank. I've checked for leaks and tried different caps but it was still a no go. Is it a case of not producing not enough pressure?

setup: 1l co2 > tubing > checkvalve > tubing > .5l gas chamber > tubing > diffuser
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Basically the separator will gather all that snot in the water in the separator. Here's a basic diagram (pretend it looks like bottles that are sealed )

Puqua, the gas now has to build up in two containers, so it may take it a little longer to start pumping out. Have you checked your tubing for leaks? I had a similar issue and it turned out there was a tiny hole in one of my lines.


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It's possible there was a pinhole in the tubing as I only checked for leaks where the tubes connected to the caps. I also may not have waited long enough for it to do it's thing. Gotta try again.

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