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    10lb C02 bottle lasted only a month?

    Is it possible that my 10 pound C02 bottle lasted me only 1 month????

    I did a spot check on my equipment today, and noticed that the pressure reading on the bottle was ZERO!

    I've been using a very slow bubble rate of about 10-13 bubbles per minute.

    Either I've got a leak, or the bottle was not full when I got it.
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    If the pressure reading is zero unfortunatly you'll have to get another bottle to find out if you have a leak. Then just use soapy water on the lines to find the leak if any. If no sign of a leak, then I would say that you never received a full bottle. How long will a bottle of CO2 usually last you?

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    If memory serves from the pet store that I was working at, we got at least 6 months from ours. I don't know the bubble count that was being used.
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    yeh you should get WAY more usage out of that canister.

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    Gotta be a leak. Mine lasts 6 months too. I had the same problem when I first set up my reactor. I did the soapy water thing and sure enough, found the leak. A tiny rubber o ring was crooked in a fitting. I fixed it and no problems.
    Susan

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    THat's what I'm thinking as well...

    I'm gonna have to replace the bottle now before I can tell if it's a leak or not... then again, the gasket will probably sit well on the next bottle, so I may not even find a darn leak.

    I'll report back.
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    Well,
    I picked up another 10lb bottle today.
    Hooked it up, turned it on, and used a water/soap solution on the fittings.

    I have a leak.

    The leak is where the high-pressure gauge screws into the regulator valve assembly.

    I was thinking that the best way of fixing this would be to simply unscrew the gauge from the assembly, wrap some pipe tape, and screw it back on....

    Anyone see anything wrong with this?
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    Should work fine. I wrapped all my fittings with teflon tape. I remember one place where it was a small area so I just folded the tape to make it more narrow.
    Susan

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    What's a 10 pound fill up Worth Vince?
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    Flame,
    That's what I figured. However Murphy's Law states that when someone needs a tiny bit of pipe tape, none shall be found, and stores will already be closed. I turned off the tank for tonight, and will turn it back on tomorrow once I pass by the hardware store to get a .30c roll of pipe-tape. Woohoo... *sigh*

    OSD,
    The tank is a rental. I brought my empty tank in, swapped it for a filled one for $19.95.
    Pretty sweet deal. The original rental was a one-time charge of $50 + the original fill-up of $19.95. Renting is the way to go... You don't have to worry about testing the tank every few years.
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