Lady Zandra wrote:It's a couple things...
#1-- what water do you use? (city/Well/bottled??) and how deep do you fill it?
#2-- what additives do you use?
#3-- what is the temp. of the water with the pump-running?
#4--do you have a strong-enough air pump & stones in there??? (some forget to use em!)
With well water-- and some additives, it's an issue-- add 1 Tbs of pharmacy-grade peroxide (brown bottle about $1) per gallon of water ... and make sure you fill it all the way to the bottom of the diaphram (the part with the sprayers on it)
SOME pumps tend to over-heat the water-- you'll need to keep the water cool- either adding frozen water bottles 2-3x a day, adding an additional separate rez to increase the water volume ...just use PVC at the drain hole to connect it to a 5-gallon bucket or 8-gallon bin with lid.. (remember to fill it ONLY to the same height as the Cloner!)
You MUST use an air-pump with stones to keep it aerated! do the peroxide trick-- then if you do not have one-- go to a pet stor or Wlamart etc... get a roll of tubing ($2) a small airstone or air-bar ($2) and a decent sized pump-- a "400-600" is good... get a "T" also if you have added a rez-- and get an extra airstone to drop into the rez.
We had the same issues--
remember to really disinfect it with bleach between uses, and soak the disks in peroxide overnight & rinse well between uses... or you'll never get rid of the gunk!
We built one out of an 18-gallon bin and raised the diaphram higher with a piece of PVC... the larger water volume reduces the over-heating issue-- but the added rez is an option too!
hunior wrote:so you bought a $200 EZ CLONER and now your going to use jiffy cubes ?