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Regulator is not keeping pressure at 15 psi.......

Discussion in 'CO2 Enrichment' started by andyl9063, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. andyl9063

    andyl9063 Prolific Poster

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    I have my regulator hook up to the fabco needle and via bubble counter...

    The cylinder tank pressure is at 800. The other pressure gauge reads around 15 psi. I get constant bubble per second. But eventually, my left gauge drops from 15 psi to lower. I think this is stopping my constant bubble count. If I loose my fabco needle, the bubbles go back up or if i loose it more, it goes really fast. Therefore, I know its not the needle valve.

    Any reason why that pressure is dropping?
     
  2. Matt F.

    Matt F. Lifetime Charter Member
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    I had something similar happen when I was running a Milwaukee regulator. The CO2 tank valve wasn't open all the way. Something to check.
     
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    Try increasing your low pressure reading. Before the CO2 is released into the aquarium, it has to open the check's valve(s) {cracking pressure}, contend with how deep underwater the output is, pass out of the reactor/diffuser and overcome the friction from the tubing.

    You might be set to where the gas is passing through everything, but just barely. Try increasing the pressure. It may smooth things out and get it over the "hump."
     
  4. Matt F.

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    This sounds plausible.
     
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