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Good Bubble Rate for New SuMo

I have a 55 gallon and i jus got prussurized and i was wondering what a good bubble rate for it would be i will be using a mister until i get my other canister for my reactor. Also the check vavle i got with the regulator does not pass air through it when i blow into it, will it only go through with more pressure or is the check valve broke. Also do i fill the bubble counter i got with it up with water, just asking bc i dont want to damage equipment.

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CO2 Bubble rate

If I remember correctly, a good rule of thumb is 2 bubbles per second. Do you have any way to check levels of CO2 in your tank?.
I have a 50 gal w/pressure and I use a glass CO2 checker that contains blue reagent and dhk4 reference solution, mounted in the tank it, turns green when levels are 30 -40 ppm. As for the bubble counter, yes, it needs water in it so you can see the bubbles. I personally don't have one mounted in line, I just watch as the CO2 bubbles flow through the the tube of my ceramic diffuser which is mounted in the tank.
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i am running at about 2.5-3 right now as for a drop check i have one coming in sometime at the begining or middle of next week. I am currently using the hagen underwater filter as a mister but as soon as i get my canister in i will be using a reactor

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I you got the check valve from SuMo its not broke.

Bubble rate and CO2 injection is a variable from tank to tank and really depends on your water parameters.

However, a rate of around 2 to 6 bbs is usually a safe range for most setups.

If you see fish at the surface gasping, you know its too high. If plants aren't pearling, you know its too low.


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