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Drinda Had some questions after getting here co2 equipment @ home and needed some basic help


I received my CO2 system today.  I am wondering if you have thorough detailed instructions which you can send me.  I have limited instructions with 3 parts.  Jeff had said that this system comes with EVERYTHING I need.  Is there a time I can live chat if you don't have detailed instructions?  I will go tomorrow and get my CO2 tank filled. 

Solenoid Regulator Instructions

Step 1 refers to Teflon tape.  Can I use regular plumbing Teflon tape or is this something special and different just for gasses?  NO teflon tape came with my equipment, but I do have some teflon plumbing tape.
Step 2 says that I should have 2 white plastic washers which are "essential to prevent gas leaks".  I did not receive 2 white plastic washers.  Should you send me those?
I did find the washers, Thanks.
Step 6 says to plug this into my light timer.  I don't understand why I should do this.  I thought the entire reason for this piece of equipment was to turn on and off the CO2 as my aquarium needed it.   So... if it's dark and the plants need it less it would just turn the CO2 off.  Am I doing that so it won't alter the ph each night and have to turn off?  So with no electricity it automatically turns off my CO2, right?
General Why do I have a needle valve on the solenoid for precision  adjustments, since it says it is adjusted from the factory at 1.5?  What is this for?

Portable pH Meter Instructions (Numbered bullet from the top)
Step 3
If electrode has been left dry soak in M1000B rinse solution...  I don't have that, do I?  I have some viscous solution in a specimen cup.  What is that solution and what is it for?
Step 5.  Immerse tip into the sample... Is this sample the aquarium water.  I understand that this electrode is to remain at all times in the aquarium - correct?
Note: Matter of no fuse in the meter.  It says "it is recommended to protecteed it outside, against failure".  What do you mean?  Are you talking about a surge protector or some type of GFI plug?  Can you get a GFI plug that is not in your wall?  I can use a surge protector - would that work?
Do I need to adjust this?  Your slip in the box says it is already adjusted to 7.  Isn't that this step?
Calibration Procedure
Step 4 says I need pH4 Calibration solution.  I don't have that.  I just have pH7 - UNLESS this is the viscous solution?  Was I supposed to get pH4 solution?

CO@ reactor 1000
1.  How do I know if the circulation pump is too strong?
2.  It says the top hose fitting connection (2) is for a 16/18mm hose and the lower hose fitting connection (8) is for  ah 12/16, 1/2 inch hose back to the aquarium.  Both ends measure 1/2 inch.  The tubing from my canister filter is only one size and I believe that is an inch.  If I use the canister water flow it will restrict the filtration and I wonder if that won't put stress on my pump.  How would I hook it up to my pump since they are different diameters?
3.  It says I can directly mount it to the cabinet but pieces 6 and 7 are glued together in the unit you sent me.  I do have some sort of slide piece which is not pictured anywhere on your instructions.   I don't know what this piece is for.
4.  How often do I have to check the reactor 1000 to remove any false gas after initial start-up?
5.  How do you fix the working pressure of the regulator to 1-2 bar when it says it is fixed to 1.5 bar?  See step #3 under appliance setting.  My instructions for the regulator don't say anything like this.  My regulator has 2 gauges.  It says the regulator has been factory set.  So aren't I supposed to skip this step.  Don't I just open the CO2 tank up all the way? 

8:49:12 AM [Jason G] hello how can i help you
8:49:20 AM [Visitor] SO good to see you
8:49:25 AM [Visitor] I sent you a message
8:49:29 AM [Visitor] An email
8:49:31 AM [Visitor] this is drinda
8:49:39 AM [Visitor] I got my CO2 stuff
8:49:47 AM [Visitor] I have ??? about how to set it up
8:49:53 AM [Visitor] Can you get my email?

8:50:49 AM [Jason G] not yet just got into the office and going through emails now give me a minute and i will find it what is your email address
8:51:10 AM [Visitor] xxxxxxx
8:51:16 AM [Jason G] brb
8:51:37 AM [Jason G] teflon plumbing tape is fine
8:52:01 AM [Jason G] #2 i see you took care of
8:52:21 AM [Jason G] no step 6 instead of the time use the sms 122 plug in spot
8:52:48 AM [Jason G] you set your bubbles per second on the needle valve
8:53:06 AM [Visitor] What do you mean Step 6
8:53:14 AM [Jason G] bubbble counter fluid in the spec cup
8:53:29 AM [Jason G] Step 6 says to plug this into my light timer.  I don't understand why I should do this.  I thought the entire reason for this piece of equipment was to turn on and off the CO2 as my aquarium needed it.   So... if it's dark and the plants need it less it would just turn the CO2 off.  Am I doing that so it won't alter the ph each night and have to turn off?  So with no electricity it automatically turns off my CO2, right?

8:53:51 AM [Visitor] It said to fill with water. That is what we didi. So we should dump it out and use specimen cup?
8:54:19 AM [Jason G] step 5 yes the probe stays in the aquarium water
8:54:51 AM [Jason G] I would use the bubble counter fluid for your regulator  as it is thicker and will not evaporate like water
8:54:54 AM [Visitor] Yes I know what I said about Step 6. Do you mean just forget it and plug it into PH adjuster sms 122 controller
8:55:02 AM [Jason G] fill 1/2 to 3/4 full not a bit more
8:55:08 AM [Jason G] yes
8:55:17 AM [Visitor] OK on fluid
8:55:22 AM [Jason G] Surge supressor is fine
8:55:40 AM [Jason G] set point is the point where the sms 122controller turns off the co2
8:56:05 AM [Jason G] for aquarium use the manufact sugtgest only calibrating with 7.0 solution not the 4.o
8:56:29 AM [Jason G] reactto 1000  questions from your email
8:56:33 AM [Jason G] reactor
8:56:47 AM [Visitor] SO forget that about 4.0 that is in instructions from manufacturere?
8:56:55 AM [Jason G]  The only way it would be 2 strong is if large bubbles were coming out of your co2 reactor
8:56:59 AM [Jason G] yes
8:57:56 AM [Jason G] you would need an second size tube from home depot to make the connections secure i would bring both the reactor and your pump if they are differnt
8:58:28 AM [Visitor] I got different size tubing.
8:58:33 AM [Jason G] k
8:58:48 AM [Visitor] I need some sort of T to branch off to different size
8:58:54 AM [Visitor] They say they dont' sell that
8:59:10 AM [Jason G] yes the manufacturer aquamedic now glues that piece on for some reason
8:59:18 AM [Visitor] Will have to find it some where to go from 1" to 1/2"
8:59:45 AM [Jason G] removing excess co2 you really should rarely if ever have to
9:00:02 AM [Jason G] that would been you are not getting enough water flow from your pump
9:01:02 AM [Visitor] So I plug in the regulator thing to the sms 122
9:01:02 AM [Jason G] whcih co2 regulator do you have
9:01:07 AM [Jason G] yes
9:01:26 AM [Visitor] Soleniod regualtor
9:01:31 AM [Jason G] brand\
9:01:42 AM [Visitor] JBJ
9:01:43 AM [Jason G] jbj milwaukee aquamedc
9:01:54 AM [Visitor] yes
9:02:05 AM [Visitor] the automatic one
9:02:09 AM [Jason G] yes just once the regulator is on then you can open the valve make sure the neddel valve is shut
9:02:18 AM [Visitor] ok
9:02:39 AM [Jason G] anything else i can help you with
9:02:43 AM [Visitor] So do I want to plug that into my lights with a timer or just a regular plug
9:04:11 AM [Jason G] the sms 122  has 2 plugs both get  plugged into wall
9:05:28 AM [Jason G] the jbj regulator solenoid gets plugged intot he back of one of the sms122
9:05:35 AM [Jason G] this is what automated the co2
9:05:47 AM [Visitor] Great
9:05:59 AM [Visitor] So no timer for it, just for my lights of course
9:06:46 AM [Visitor] So for my wall mount for the reactor 1000 by aqua-medicI just have to cut that top part off and screw it into my cabinet
9:07:32 AM [Jason G] yes a dremel tool is what aqua medic suggested one time before when i contacted them on the reactor 1000 and that issue with it
9:08:23 AM [Visitor] It talked about if the tip of teh PH meter dried out that I should soak it in Milwaukee M1000B solution
9:08:26 AM [Visitor] I don't have that
9:08:34 AM [Visitor] Is it the same as the rinse solution?
9:09:03 AM [Visitor] I haven't removed the cap to see if it is dry or not
9:09:11 AM [Visitor] since I couldn't do it yet
9:10:03 AM [Jason G] that salty solution is actuly a protective solution the manufacturer milwaukee puts on it you can remove it but do not cross contaminate your original solution though or you will not have a true calibrated instrument
9:10:31 AM [Visitor] Why do they say to adjust to 4.0 on the back of the ph meter with the little screwdriver they also include it they don't expect you to do it?
9:11:05 AM [Visitor] So wierd
9:11:51 AM [Jason G] they use this for other applications as well.  For aquarium use ( they used to have a card in thaere that said this) they suggest only calibrating with the 7.0
9:11:59 AM [Visitor] SO when you reclaibrate it once a month you just do the 7.0 calibration on the front, right?
9:12:31 AM [Jason G] you calibrate with the screwdriver and  calibration solution
9:12:40 AM [Jason G] stick probe in solution
9:12:42 AM [Jason G] Get reading
9:12:51 AM [Jason G] Pop of backing
9:13:00 AM [Jason G] look for the 7 setting
9:13:10 AM [Jason G] turn screw till 7.0 is reached
9:14:12 AM [Visitor] Ok this is the place in the front for the 7 PH?
9:14:35 AM [Jason G] no it is the same place where the instructions say teh 4/7 and 10 are
9:15:04 AM [Jason G] i dont have a meter in front of me but there is a little screwdriver slot on all units
9:15:16 AM [Jason G] that you adjust the ph
9:15:20 AM [Jason G] NOT THE SETPOINT
9:15:44 AM [Jason G] the set point is when you want the co2 to turn off
9:15:57 AM [Jason G] you are calibrating the machine so it knows what true 7.0 is
9:16:04 AM [Jason G] 7.01 actuall
9:16:32 AM [Visitor] I get that, but my unit has a slot in the front that says calibration that the instruction s say is the place you calibrate to 7.0
9:16:45 AM [Visitor] It also has one in the back taht it say to calibrate to 4.0
9:17:02 AM [Jason G] BRB let me get a sms 122  i need to go to the warehouse though
9:17:49 AM [Visitor] I see the place under the cover that you can adjust with the srewdriver in the back. That adjusts the readout?
9:19:54 AM [Jason G] loks like the one in the front is the 7.0 with the sms122
9:21:04 AM [Visitor] ok, so what I am adjusting is the reading so that it says 7.0 when it's in my 7.0 solution
9:21:06 AM [Visitor] right?
9:22:39 AM [Visitor] When I use that little screwdriver in the slot it will adjust the reading in the little screen to be true to the 7.0 ph that the solution is, right?
9:23:04 AM [Jason G] this is correct
9:23:11 AM [Visitor] Ok, I think I have it now.
9:23:41 AM [Visitor] So then I don't need to do anything with the back
9:23:56 AM [Visitor] because the front screw adjusts the reading
9:24:13 AM [Jason G] that is correct
9:24:18 AM [Visitor] Ok
9:24:42 AM [Visitor] I will find my plumbing t today and hopefully get this set up.
9:24:50 AM [Visitor] I had a horrid time finding Carbon dioxide gas refill shops
9:25:02 AM [Jason G] great have fun and this will make a huge difference on your tank
9:25:03 AM [Visitor] All the places around here don't fill tanks they just exchange them out
9:25:16 AM [Visitor] I would have to go to WACO 2 hrs away for it
9:25:41 AM [Visitor] One of the places agreed to send my tank to Waco to get if filled and then send it back
9:25:43 AM [Jason G] look up fire extinguisher and fire extinguisher refill shops
9:25:55 AM [Visitor] They told me to only use one washer also
9:25:57 AM [Jason G] Also call paintball ships they will be able to tell you who refills locally
9:26:08 AM [Visitor] I did paint ball but their nozzels are different
9:26:34 AM [Visitor] So should I use only one washer or 2
9:28:10 AM [Jason G] yes only one   but they should be able to direct you to a local shop who refills paintball canisters
9:28:23 AM [Visitor] Got new plants from Arizona Aquatic gardens SO am looking forward to this
9:29:18 AM [Visitor] Well I get my canister back today filled. Since I only have to do this about 2 times a year I will just do without CO2 for a the few days it takes them to send it out and get it back
9:30:38 AM [Visitor] Wasn't expecting it to be so hard to fill. The paint ball place refills but has a different nozzle. Maybe there are other paint ball places with different nozzels, I don't know. Least it's done now.
9:31:35 AM [Visitor] Thanks for your help. I think I know what I'm supposed to do now. You need a person to write a set of instructions for your combo units. It would be so much better.
9:35:41 AM [Jason G] i will see about having someone makeing a set of instructions on aquarium set up