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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-17-2015, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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How long before your bubble counter dries out?

It seems that my bubble counter dries out really fast on my 75g tank. I was just wondering if others experience the same thing or if something might be wrong.

I am going to fill it tonight and watch and see how many days it takes before going dry.

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If its bone dry within only a couple of days I'd bet you have a leak somewhere. Any chance you're using the brass bubble counter (often referred to as the jbj style)? I had a hell of a time with those things and no matter what I did could not stop a leak between the acrylic tube and brass caps. In the end I used silicone on the top and bottom and that seems to have made a HUGE difference!.....still not sure what I'm going to do once it eventually dries out though.
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Its the co2 art cheapy one. Dries out in about a week or slightly more. I use tap water inside of it.


Where could the leak be?

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Leak could be anywhere! use some soapy water around every possible connection and look for bubbles. I use a tiny little spray bottle filed with soap and water to check for leaks.
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Same here I refill once a week.
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Used to fill mine up once a week. It was a real pita. Got lazy for about a month and just left it dry. It was during this time I realized I didnt need it in the first place. Took it off and never looked back.


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I would need a check valve if I remove it though right? I dont want water flowing back to the needle valve.

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Yeah definitely. I always had a 2nd check valve up near the reactor anyway.

In the beginning a bubble counter is definitely useful. But once you get everything dialed in it's pretty easy to do without.


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I think I will just install a check valve instead.

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Is it worth spending a bit more money to get a better check valve?

Or is the cheap plastic ones okay.

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I just had a thought, to refill my bubble counter which has a built in check valve, I normally just loosen up the top cap screw and allow some water to flow back in.

When its dry its bone dry. Can I assume its not leaking ? If so wouldn't water have a chance to refill back in like when I loosen the top cap?

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I used to have the issue with the bubble counter...decided to try glycerin instead of water and that lasts me for 3-5 months now.


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Yeah, I've had mine filled with mineral oil since early March and haven't had to add anything to it. Though I'll be removing it altogether here soon.
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I recall reading somewhere to use vegtable oil in a bubble counter so it won't dry out.

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I thought oil (mineral) was the preferred solution to put in the counter.

I put tap water in my Fluval counter and it's been 3 months without going dry.
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