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    hey there peeps, i dont know if somebody already posted something simmilar, but out of used office supplies and a rubber ring suction cup and some airline tubing i made a perfectly accurate bubble counter for my CO2 setup...
    would anyone be interested on how to make one? then i could post a description and pics and where so source the items needed...
    Peace out
     
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    here is a pic of the bubble counter and diffuser for my CO2
     
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    Great stuff man.Did you make it yourself?
     
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    yebo yes ;D
     
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    how? :sch
     
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    ok, here goes...

    the reactor is like all the others described on the net
    its a gravel cleaner hooked up with a small power filter (many different types can be used, i just had the filter lying around in my cupboard)
    the CO2 is fed to the bubble counter, which goes to the top of the gravel cleaner that has a thin pipe (like the tipe you get on those corner filters that use wool and carbon that are air driven) which then has an airstone to reduce back-pressure into to CO2 plumbing

    to bubble counter was made with an old printer cartridge refill... both ends are just small enough to fit airline tubing onto them... i got them at the office from a used kit, so it was basically for free...

    if you ask nicely ill quickly draw out a schematic for the whole system on AutoCAD...
     
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    pretty please :worthy
     
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    There you go, hope it helps... if you think I let anything out, let me know and I'll draw it in and re-post.
     
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    thanx for the edit R.C. , saved me the time to do it :) the jpg looks better when you download it...
     
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    Thanks HellRaiser & RC...
     
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    pleasure Pedro, hope its usefull?
     
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    And if anybody else would like a schematic drawn out for your inventions,mail me a hand drawn pic and il draw it up for you to post here for everyone to learn from
     
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    You can also make a "Bubble counter\Check valve-in-one", using a syringe, check valve and some silicone as demonstrated in pics below.

    PS: I got these pics off the net a while back and thus have no idea who the rightful owner is. If anyone knows, or if the owner of these pics ever come across this post, please speak up so that we can give rightful credit.
     
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    ...and the end result.

    Genius if you ask me.
     
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    Just one question...I read on my checkvalve packet that its optimal placement is outside the tank or at least above water level?So wil it stil work effective submerged together with the bubble counter? I found my check valve works great in line with my CO2 tubing about 10cm from my soda bottle generators...Il try your suggestion when i get a syringe from an empty refil kit from work...Would you like me to draw you up a schematic drawing?
    lol
     
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    Not sure, but I prefer to have it outside the tank. It's just more neat and out of sight, yet easily viewed when need be. Too much equipment inside a tank can disrupt the scape.

    If you wish...
     
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    Outside the tank?U mean the bubble counter mounted externaly with water in it?Have you built one,and how well does it work?
     
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    ive seen that!! will go to the LFS i saw it at, and if it can take a solenoid valve then its sold... sory that i cant say where it is coz they only have one left and wont import any of them any time soon again... but will let know if and when they do...
     
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    ok, i took my DIY bubble counter, and with a checkvalve directly below it the system still works perfect!! so now there is one less obstruction in my tank at least... all i need to get still is a reflector, and saw there is one for R86 at hillfox, which is even cheaper than G4Y, so ill save up and buy 3 when i put in my third light... who knows, maybe ill even go for 4...
     

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