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[APD] Re: CO2 regulator output pressur

Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2003 14:56:15 +1000
> From: Clint Brearley <clint_brearley at telstra_com>
> Subject: [APD] CO2 regulator output pressure
To: aquatic-plants at actwin_com


My question is, what kind of output pressure should I set on the regulator? What are the advantages/disadvantages of setting higher/lower output pressures, if any? I currently have a low pressure setting around 0.4 bar (5.8 psi). Is the outlet pressure really that important? Thanks.

Clint Brearley Melbourne, Australia

Too low and no bubbles, too high and you risk blowing off a line or damaging some other system component. In between is a pretty wide range of usable pressures.

CAUTION: Only use the needle valve to set the actual bubble rate, not the pressure regulator.

If you start at 0 psi and raise the regulator output pressure, slowly, you must get to a psi or two before any bubbles start to be emitted. Just above that pressure, a good needle valve will tend to regulate the flow rate, so increasing pressure has no major effect and the bubble rate stays about the same (increasing slowly) as pressure increases. That's the region you want to be operating in, with the pressure still plenty low enough for your hoses and fittings to be safe.

When the regulator loses control as the tank is nearly empty, the bubble rate will increase a little bit (typically about 20%) as the pressure rises, but no huge burst of bubbles happens, as can occur when only an Eheim diffuser is used with a check-valve acting as a second pressure (not flow rate) regulator. [That was the source of the infamous end-of-tank dump that killed a few fish.]

Bottom line, enough pressure to provide stable bubble rate, and low enough that no line will blow off. Hard to give firm numbers as they depend on tank depth and how well your lines are secured to fittings. Your 0.4 bar sounds just about right, though.


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