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Hi there a bit new to this forum. Here is my question on JBJ regulator with solenoid and bubble counter. I've just filled this CO2 tank about a month ago and I am reading close to 500 PSI on the gage. Does this sounds right? I've emailed JBJ already but still waiting for an answer. I realize CO2 initial set-up could be a bit costly but to fill the tank every month? I have a 10 gallon running my CO2 almost 24/7 at 1-2 bbs. Thanks in advance !
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1-2 bps on a 10 gallon? i'm barely at 2bps on my 72 gallon....sounds like a lot for a small tank like that.
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500 psi on the bottle side is low. I suspect that you have a leak somewhere.

Did you notice the pressure reading on the bottle side when you first set the system up?

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A 5 lb tank runs my 20 gallon tank for 8-9 months. You have a leak somewhere.
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FYI: At anything above 60į the tank pressure will not be below 750psi if you still have liquid CO2 in the tank. Unless you're storing you tank in a freezer, you are running on vapors, and like everyone has said above, you have a leak somewhere.

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After I filled mine at local welding shop, it was reading at 800 PSI. It held steady for this whole month and just the other day it came down to close to 500 PSI and it is dropping fast. Regards,
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Spray all connections between the tank and reactor with soapy water (Windex/409/Fantastic will do, too). Anywhere you see bubbles forming is a leak and will beed to be fixed. Did you recently move anything that may have caused it?

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After I filled mine at local welding shop, it was reading at 800 PSI. It held steady for this whole month and just the other day it came down to close to 500 PSI and it is dropping fast
You still have a leak. The bottle should have lasted longer than a month. Follow Bill's advice.

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Nothing I can remember. When I first got it and filled at my lfs, it was at 500PSI. I knew something was not right just from my reading on CO2 than I took it to a local welding supply which filled up to 800PSI give and take. The last thing I know was that I noticed it was around 600 the last time and it is at 500 PSI as we speak. Regards, JC.
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As it turns out, I was able to locate the leak around the inside tank's pressure gauge. Foam is just gushing out like crazy. I guess I will be talking with JBJ guys first thing in the morning. Regads, JC.
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another bad JBJ regulator. so happy I've stuck to Milwaukee (since I'm not mechanical enough to piece one together like Rex)
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another bad JBJ regulator. so happy I've stuck to Milwaukee (since I'm not mechanical enough to piece one together like Rex)

Me mechanical? I highly doubt that. But I can tighten a nut. And that's all it really takes to piece one together.
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any updates by chance? Im trying to decide between the JBJ and the Milwalkee brands of regulators. AquaBuys.com has both, i think the JBJ is a little cheaper.
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any updates by chance? Im trying to decide between the JBJ and the Milwalkee brands of regulators. AquaBuys.com has both, i think the JBJ is a little cheaper.
I suggest you take a look an Azoo too. Milwaukee's don't have leak problem but many people (including me) are having problems with them holding a steady bubble rate. There is a thread on it under the equipment heading. Take a look if you want.

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Well, I think it all depends on what you want either one or the other will work. I will keep you update as I hook mine up later. Regards,
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