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Bubble counter oil

Discussion in 'CO2 Enrichment' started by scottward, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. scottward

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    My bubble counter is currently filled with water. The trouble is that the water 'evaporates' over time.

    I understand that it is ok to use mineral oil instead to prevent this from occurring?

    Can I use 'baby oil', as it is also a very light, clear oil?

    Scott.
     
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    I think you can use baby oil. I use olive oil.
     
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    You can get some at green leaf aquarium for cheap.
     
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    Whats the benefit of using an oil in the bubble counter over water?
     
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    It doesn't evaporate so no refilling is needed.
     
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    You can get a monster bottle of mineral oil from CVS for what you get a small bottle from GLA for.

    I use the mineral oil and it works very well. doesn't bubble up as much as the GLA stuff. I have enough mineral oil for life with one purchase.
     
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    Does mineral oil have any advantages over olive oil, peanut oil etc? i.e. something that I can find right now in the kitchen cupboard?

    Scott.
     
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    I think any kind of vegetable oil will go rancid over time, have no idea of how that can affect the bubble counter in its functioning or esthetically.

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    Ah ok - thanks - good answer. Kind of obvious I suppose now that I think about it.

    I guess mineral oil, baby oil, machine oil etc doesn't go 'off' as it's not derived from food.

    Scott.
     
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    Matt uses "Butcher Block Oil" or a product with a name somewhat similar. I can't remember the exact name if that isn't it.
     
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