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Two bubble counters, different results?

Hello everyone. I purchased my first Co2 setup. I have an aquatek premium valve. I purchased an external bubble counter but what I wasn't aware of was that the diffuser also has a built in bubble counter. I set everything up, opened the Co2 tank all the way (hopefully that was correct) and played around with the two adjustments until I got 2bps from the external counter. The only problem is the counter in the diffuser is at 5-6bps. I can't get them even and I don't know which one to go by. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Your best bet is to judge your co2 by your ph at optimal rate to get you in the ball park your ph should drop 1 full degree for example if before co2 injection your ph was say 7.6 with co2 injection you should be down to 6.6 it's a way more accurate way to check your co2 level in my opinion
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Is there any way to not have the ph drop a whole degree? I only ask that because as much as I would like to lower the ph alittle bit, my tap water is at 7.5 and the last thing I want to have is a drastic fluctuation every time I do a water change.
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Not that I know of co2 deff drops ph no way around that my ph out of the tap is 7.6 my tank runs at 6.6 I've had no issues doing water changes right from the tap I've never checked my ph right after a water change but now you have me curious but the fish don't seem to mind I only do about 30% changes nothing bigger then that
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Good to know it doesn't affect the fish midnight. That was my main concern. I also do only a 30% water change weekly so maybe the slight rise and drop in ph is just that, slight. Thanks for the tips. How long would it take running the Co2 to get that ph drop?
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That's all going to depend on how much co2 your adding I can only tell you with my tank 30G at 1 bps it stabled out to 6.6 with in 24 hrs in the beginning I was checking my ph 1 time a day now I only check it once maybe every 2 weeks the fear wore off lol

Bump: The way you defuse the co2 is also going to make a difference on how it saturates the water
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Thanks for all the help. Now if I can only figure out which bubble counter to go by. Lol. If my external counter is at 1bps then the one in the diffuser will be at about 3bps. The dilema. I wish the diffuser didn't have the bubble counter in it. Then I would never have been so confused. I'll start checking my ph tomorrow after a full day of co2.
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Just keep an eye on the fish if too much co2 is being used the fish will be up top gulping for air
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