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View Poll Results: Which Co2 Delivery system are you using?

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  • Glass Ceramic diffuser

    43 38.74%
  • Atomic diffuser

    19 17.12%
  • Inline diffuser

    23 20.72%
  • CO2 reactor

    30 27.03%
  • others

    7 6.31%
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    Re: Which Co2 Delivery system are you using

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    Quote Originally Posted by milk_vanilla View Post
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    Re: Which Co2 Delivery system are you using

    Hi All, may I know what is the sign that CO2 tank running out of gas? I still can see the bubble coming out in bubble counter but the CO2 glass indicator show blue colour. I am not so sure whether it is leaking or CO2 is not there.





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    Quote Originally Posted by waynekoh View Post
    Yeah. Thats why i place it at the back. Probably go on to excel after this can finish.

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    Btw, since you are currently running a system using Co2 gas, do install a drop checker to help measure the actual Co2 levels. It will show you whether the levels are too low (and thereby not as effective) or too high (and become toxic to livestock).
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    Quote Originally Posted by jackychun View Post
    Hi All, may I know what is the sign that CO2 tank running out of gas? I still can see the bubble coming out in bubble counter but the CO2 glass indicator show blue colour. I am not so sure whether it is leaking or CO2 is not there.





    Really appreciate your advice.
    You can refer to the regulator gauge that shows the total pressure in the Co2 tank. In your setup, the top gauge is the one to check.

    From your photo it looks like it still has 1,000+ PSI, which indicates it's still full (the gas is compressed in liquid form). It will usually stay at this level for quite a while until it depletes. When you see it start to gradually drop below 900 PSI over time, then it indicates the Co2 has depleted to gas form and running out soon.

    If your drop checker still shows a blue colour even after the Co2 injection has been on for a few hours, then it means there is not enough Co2 being injected or it's not diffused efficiently enough.

    You will just have to gradually increase the injection bps rate in small increments and observe the drop checker. This should be done slowly as the drop checker needs time to react to the changes in Co2 levels (usually 1-2 hours delay).

    If you increase the bps until very high or the diffuser doesn't seem to generate more bubbles, and the drop checker still stays blue, then have to check the connections for leaks.
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    Thanks for your advice, UA. I will try to increase the bubble rate tonight to see the situation improved. Also, I might need to check if any leak since I have cleaned the filter system few days ago.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Urban Aquaria View Post
    Btw, since you are currently running a system using Co2 gas, do install a drop checker to help measure the actual Co2 levels. It will show you whether the levels are too low (and thereby not as effective) or too high (and become toxic to livestock).
    Thanks for the advise!

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    Re: Which Co2 Delivery system are you using

    Hi all gurus, I have 2 questions here regarding CO2 system.

    1. How do I know if a regulator is dual stage? From what I understand a dual guage regulator doesn't mean it is a dual stage regulator.

    2. Does everyone of you encounter atomizer block problem? I need to clean the inner wall of my in line atomizer once every few weeks. Is this normal? If I don't clean it, pressure will build up between my atomizer and drop checker until no bubble coming out from the checker. Can it be an indication that my CO2 tank pressure goes too low now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingelliot View Post
    1. How do I know if a regulator is dual stage? From what I understand a dual guage regulator doesn't mean it is a dual stage regulator.
    Usually it will be indicated on the regulator packaging or specs. Sometimes its actually dual-stage but yet not listed, so just have to check with the seller or supplier to confirm.


    Quote Originally Posted by Kingelliot View Post
    2. Does everyone of you encounter atomizer block problem? I need to clean the inner wall of my in line atomizer once every few weeks. Is this normal? If I don't clean it, pressure will build up between my atomizer and drop checker until no bubble coming out from the checker. Can it be an indication that my CO2 tank pressure goes too low now?
    Its a common issue when using ceramic based diffuser or atomizer systems. Dirt, algae and minerals will naturally clog up the ceramic pores over time and you will have to clean it periodically to maintain the efficiency. For atomizer systems their pores are even smaller (hence the tinier bubbles) so they tend to clog up much faster, compared to normal diffusers.

    As for your Co2 tank pressure, you can check it from the pressure gauges. If you see the total pressure gauge gradually dropping below 500 PSI, then its an indication the gas is going to quickly deplete very soon. Best to arrange to get it refilled.
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    Is there any other way to check for optimal co2 beside drop checker? Please advise, thanks in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon View Post
    Is there any other way to check for optimal co2 beside drop checker? Please advise, thanks in advance!
    Yes definitely. After a few months, I dont rely on the drop checker anymore. To me, the fish and plants health is a better measure of the needed CO2 level. As long as the CO2 rate change is slow, I found my fish able to adapt quite well. So I just keep increasing the CO2 slowly until the plants start to bubble, typically 3-4 bps for my 3ft 40 gallon tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiraiya View Post
    Yes definitely. After a few months, I dont rely on the drop checker anymore. To me, the fish and plants health is a better measure of the needed CO2 level. As long as the CO2 rate change is slow, I found my fish able to adapt quite well. So I just keep increasing the CO2 slowly until the plants start to bubble, typically 3-4 bps for my 3ft 40 gallon tank.
    Yes. I also don't use drop checker anymore. I prefer to gradually increase the CO2 up to the level that fish still comfortable and plants are healthy. And by doing so, less clutter in the tank.


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    Strongly agree on this point.. less clutter in the tank

    Quote Originally Posted by jackychun View Post
    Yes. I also don't use drop checker anymore. I prefer to gradually increase the CO2 up to the level that fish still comfortable and plants are healthy. And by doing so, less clutter in the tank.


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