Nice dude! looks exactly what I made for mine..they work so great! My bubble counter works the same, but I have a check valve in the same place as you and right below the bubble counter so that seems about right..It just will start a little slower til part of the line pressurizes, then smooth sailing..
Ha ya I didn't install the ball valves either, forgot to, so instead I just hooked up a release joint (T) undernieth the reactor and drain the extra water out of the line while doing a tank change. It works well for that and to fill buckets or run a hose out the window for water changes with out getting in the tank..
Yours looks great! you will love every second of it ha..good luck with the bubble counter thing.
Thanks for the info! And the compliment, although it really doesn't look "great" - I got purple primer on EVERYTHING
I don't think I've ever used that stuff without making a huge mess.
When I get home from work today, I'm hoping it has all come to an equilibrium. Actually I'm just hoping that I don't come home to a leaky reactor and 50 gallons of water on the floor, but also that my bubble counter is behaving!
I found the old quick disconnects from my Magnum 350 canister, so I'm going to try to use those in this setup.
elwray is that a cf500 filter? flow on that thing is crazy and this reactor release co2 bubbles due to high flow, even if you put sponge on the bottom of the reactor, it still let the co2 escape. i have ordered the 20" filter housing, which i think will fix this problem and i dont have to add any sponge. i will post the results here 2-3 days once i receive it.
It is a CF400. I am not having any bubbles making their way through into the tank with this filter, but the CF500 does have considerably higher flow. Best of luck with the longer filter housing, hopefully that solves the problem for you!