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Lets see if this works, just hooked it up to 4 tanks.......DC

 

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That should work great! I never once thought of using PVC for CO2 plumbing, except for reactors. You can't get much easier to make than that, if you have those bubble counter/needle valve combos.
 

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genious!!

i was thinking of a way to try and create a cheap manifold and you got it!

i might just have to try that

let us know how it works!

cheers,
 

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I use 100% glycerin in all 8 of my bubble counters......DC

What bubble counter solution are you using? Water keeps evaporating...half water half glycerin?
 

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The PVC was drilled and tapped, only ran tap half in to get a tighter seal with the needle valve. Threads are coated with loctite at almost all my CO2 connections. Haven't had any leaks since I started using loctite.....DC

I'd be concerned with leaks... How exactly did you connect the bubble counters to the pvc pipe?
 

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I got my glycerin at Kroger in the First Aid aisle. AquaticMagic has Bubble counter/needle valves.......DC
 

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Water doesn't evaporate from bubble counters. I have a DIY bubble counter here at the house that has been going for over 3 years. It might have dropped a couple of mm in water depth in that time.

Look closely at your bubble counter. Ask where the water is going. It's not evaporating. The only exception to this would be if the bubble counter is mounted on a all-in-one and the solenoid is heating up the water to the point it is evaporating.
 

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Water doesn't evaporate from bubble counters. I have a DIY bubble counter here at the house that has been going for over 3 years. It might have dropped a couple of mm in water depth in that time.

Look closely at your bubble counter. Ask where the water is going. It's not evaporating. The only exception to this would be if the bubble counter is mounted on a all-in-one and the solenoid is heating up the water to the point it is evaporating.
Thanks Rex. I'll check up on it. They're mounted on a metal manifold coming from a JBJ regulator.
 

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Water doesn't evaporate from bubble counters. I have a DIY bubble counter here at the house that has been going for over 3 years. It might have dropped a couple of mm in water depth in that time.

Look closely at your bubble counter. Ask where the water is going. It's not evaporating. The only exception to this would be if the bubble counter is mounted on a all-in-one and the solenoid is heating up the water to the point it is evaporating.
My Milwaukee regulator bubble counter uses a very thin O-ring to seal it at the bottom. That seal never would stop leaking for me, so the water in the counter was slowly being pushed out thru that leak. I suspect many of that type bubble counters have leaks there. I don't see how a leak above the bubble counter can let the water leak out, so it just about has to be at the base of the counter. And, it takes a very small leak, not enough to ever see water coming out, to remove all of the counter water in a few days.
 

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How's it working DC? Are you able to get a constant bubble rate through all 4 needle valves?
Day 1 looked good. I have it connected to two 10 gallons, a 20 long, and a 29 gallon so bubble rates are different (here are some pics of the setup). I know, I know, I will clean up the wire nest.







The reason I made this manifold is to try for some consistency, since the tanks are different sizes and stacked they were getting very inconsistent CO2 rates using splitters, whichever tank had the least resistance got all the CO2 and it could change from tank to tank, day to day. This manifold will stay consistently pressurized allowing each needle valve to have equal pressure at their input. I am hoping this works so I can use the concept on a 7-10 tank rack soon......DC
 

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I was wondering how that CO2 manifold has been working out for you. No leaks, nice constant bubble rates? I am about to smash my Clippard needle valves to dust and sprinkle them throughout the back yard, hoping that these would work better.
I made 4 different ones, they all worked fine for me. How many tanks are you trying to connect?.......DC
 
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