Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Austin, TX, United States
CO2 Won't Come Out of Diffuser Without Turning It Up, Then Back to Desired Level
I have a small 5 gallon Spec V tank, and have a 5lb CO2 tank and a Milwaukee regulator. I have a Fluval diffuser attached to the set-up via CO2-proof tubing with a check valve.
My issue is that, when I get the right bubble count (about 1 every 10 seconds) for the tank, when I turn the solenoid off and back on the next day, CO2 never comes out of the diffuser without me having to up the CO2, which causes gas to come out of the diffuser almost immediately, then adjust it back down to the desired level.
I can't figure out why it won't come out on its own without daily manual adjustment.
I've thought it might be a leak in the tubing, or not enough initial pressure because I only want 1 bubble every 10 seconds maybe? The odd thing is, the bubbles keep coming out of the regulator, yet the diffuser never releases gas.
Maybe a leak after all?