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What liquid in Bubble Counter?

Just curious what everyone uses in their bubble counter?

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I bought bubble counter fluid somewhere online for a few bucks when I got some CO2 tubing. It looks like glycerin.

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I bought bubble counter fluid somewhere online for a few bucks when I got some CO2 tubing. It looks like glycerin.
Is there anything they havnt thought of selling to us poor hobbyists lololol

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any reason not to just use water? my bubble counter from rexgrigg is now out of fluid...
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I don't think so. I used water in a diy bubble counter when I did diy CO2. The bubble counter fluid is more viscous so it is easier to count bubbles. I think it also doesn't evaporate as quickly with the C02.

I had heard one of the problems with the regulator bubble counters was the seal. I'm trying to avoid adding more fluid often by going the bubble counter fluid route.

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FWIW, when I used the built on bubble counter, I would slowly loose water from it. I've since changed over to DIY inline bubble counters, and I've tried Glycerin which worked for a while (and was so thick i could see 3 bubbles at a time), but it turned into a frothy meringue for me with my >3 BPS bubble count. Now I've put in mineral oil, and haven't had an issue since.

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+1^^^ Just switched to mineral oil yesterday


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Thanks for the replies.

Where can i get mineral oil?

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Rite-Aid. Walgreens.

Mineral oil is great.
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I already had some in the house from Ikea (I don't think you have one in the 5 boroughs though). It's used to treat wood cutting boards, salad bowls, etc....

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I used mineral oil in my bubble counter and it got past my check valve and then got into my regulator and now my tank pressure gauge dont work anymore. After that I just use water.

Whats this green fuzzy stuff thats growing in my tank.
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I used mineral oil in my bubble counter and it got past my check valve and then got into my regulator and now my tank pressure gauge dont work anymore. After that I just use water.
How did it get out of the bubble checker? And your check valve?
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FWIW, any liquids getting into the regulator are bad news.
I've got check valves on either side of my bubble counter

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I am using glycerin and it works like a champ.

The bubbles come out more consistant and slower.
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mineral oil eh? might have to try that.

would mineral oil get by an ideal check valve any differently than water would?
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