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Any Good Bubble Counters Out There?

The JBJ Bubble Counter is crap in my opinion. The glass cracks way to easy. Is there another bubble counter of decent quality that you would recommend?
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I've got one of those knock offs too, but it's been working. What I worry about is the expensive swagelok check valve underneath it failing. To solve this on my other systems I use the uber cheap asian glass bubble counters and put them inline.

It simplifies the reg build and cuts costs too. You can even get those beetle counters and watch the bubbles go round lol.
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I'm keen to know as well. Spent some time on google and I'm leaning towards the in line type where you get standard size bubbles one way or flip it over and you get large bubbles to make it easier to count.
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The Fluval Bubble Counter seems like a decent choice. It's cheap and easily replaceable. In fact, I could probably find it at my LFS. Any thoughts?
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Modified mayonnaise or peanut butter jars for me. Use glass. The store bought one I bought was junk.

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I use the Fluval mentioned for several reasons.
Putting it inline lets me move the hazard of bad check valves away from the expensive parts water will damage. Needle valve, solenoid and reg are my things that I want to protect! I find gravity to be very dependable so I put the water down and expensive parts up higher.
Inline, I can put the bubble counter out where I can see it as well as fill it easy. The fluid or water does need to be refilled at times so I want it easy to do. With the Fluval, I can just unscrew the lid just enough to let a trickle of tank water flow back into the counter.
I also find it very cheap and easy to find them as many places do stock them. They are also plastic and they don't stand up to much abuse but then the expensive ones don't either.
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I use the Fluval mentioned for several reasons.
Putting it inline lets me move the hazard of bad check valves away from the expensive parts water will damage. Needle valve, solenoid and reg are my things that I want to protect! I find gravity to be very dependable so I put the water down and expensive parts up higher.
Inline, I can put the bubble counter out where I can see it as well as fill it easy. The fluid or water does need to be refilled at times so I want it easy to do. With the Fluval, I can just unscrew the lid just enough to let a trickle of tank water flow back into the counter.
I also find it very cheap and easy to find them as many places do stock them. They are also plastic and they don't stand up to much abuse but then the expensive ones don't either.
Yeah man, I'm with you on that. I'm on the search for Fluval BC!

Still open to other people input. Maybe there is a better alternative...

Anyone else got any thoughts?
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I like the one from GLA. Nice little piece. I still think it's kind of in the realm of drop checkers. Cool/neat/fun tool but def. not the end all be all. I've joined the train of thought, that I need to look towards the inhabitants of my tank and not glassware for answers.


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I make my own from little glass jars from the craft store.
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