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Easy DIY dropchecker

Discussion in 'Articles' started by Ardell, Dec 3, 2007.

  1. Ardell

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    Hey everyone, yesterday i found some tubes of glitter at the local Jo Ann fabric. Always being on the look out for a new project i saw that they might make decent drop checkers. I bought a six pack of glitter for $2.50. I also bought some 5/16ths rigid airline and some rubber washers. When i got home i used a soldering iron to melt holes in the bottom of the tubes. After i put the airline in the hole i used 2 part epoxy putty (this is always handy to have around) to secure it. The tubes have a small lip on the bottom so it made it easy to pack the putty in and get a good seal. I used a rubber washer at the top just to ensure a tight fit. I tried to cut off some of the tubes to make the whole thing smaller, it didnt go so well, they kept breaking. I got one cut without breaking but after testing i found the reaction time is no different than the longer tubes. I put the three i made yesterday in the tank this morning before C02 came on, im almost to the end of the light cycle for the day and mine kept up exactly with the one i purchased from aquatic magic.

    I hope this helps, it is a very easy cheap project that results in a very useful tool.
     
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    I have pictures if anyone is interested. They didnt seem to upload, if you're interested let me know and i can email them.



    ~Andy
     
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    Better DIY dropchecker, with video

    Hey all, the other day my wife found some containers at Hobby Lobby that work even better than the glitter ones i found. These are used to mix and store paint. I used 1/2 in. thin wall rigid tubing for the centers. I used Goop adhesive, aquarium silicone will work but i've had better more consistent results with the Goop. The best part is the caps fit very tightly so no gasket is needed. I think the video is fairly self explanitory, if you have any questions please dont hesitate to ask.


    YouTube - Aquarium DIY CO2 Drop Checker


    ~Andy
     
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    Awesome, I'm going to keep an eye out for containers like that.
     
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    That is the best DIY report I can remember seeing! "A video is worth 10,000 words and 2 photos."
     
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