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My first pressurized Co2 system

Discussion in 'CO2 Enrichment' started by tropicalryan, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. tropicalryan

    tropicalryan Junior Poster

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    So I finally completed my pressurized Co2 system and got rid of the pop bottles with yeast :D:D Just thought I would share the build.
    Parts:
    -10lb Co2 cylinder
    1.Dual stage regulator (Fisher Scientific)
    2. Reducing hex- B-4-HRN-2
    3. Elbow- B-2-SE
    4. Burkert 6011 Brass Solenoid (is it normal for this to get really hot?)
    5. Hex- B-2-HN
    6. Ideal needle valve type 52-1-12
    7. check valve- B-2C2-1/3
    8. JBJ Bubble counter

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  2. pepetj

    pepetj Lifetime Members
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    Glad you finally made the jump. Your plants will love it.

    My little advice: go from less to more as you adjust optimal CO2 levels and take your time. Fish need to adapt gradually to increased CO2 levels (talking based on my experience).

    Solenoids get hot, some models more than others.

    Pepetj
    Santo Domingo
     
  3. Matt F.

    Matt F. Lifetime Charter Member
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    YES, the Burkerts get warm/hot when in use. This is totally NORMAL. The engineers designed them this way.

    Want to clarify something:

    There is no relationship between how much heat a solenoid puts off and its function or durability. All coils get hot when electrified. One solenoid isn't better than another because it stays cooler. They might just have different insulation, materials, etc.

    btw, congrats on the build! ;)
     
  4. oldpunk

    oldpunk Guru Class Expert

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    Solid build. Good job!
     
  5. tropicalryan

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    Thanks everyone, ya it is a learning process to get the right levels of Co2 properly-I'm glad its normal for the solenoid I was a little worried
     
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    ^ that worried me too with my 1st Burkert. No one really mentions it.
     
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