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post #376 of 869 (permalink) Old 06-15-2012, 06:12 AM
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They only clog if the reactor is run without a canister inline before it, the acidity in the reactor will also be significant so using bioballs will be fine, I'm going to fill mine with matrix to add bio filtration after my crazy mech filter
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Inkslinger can you pm me with a link to the one you got
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They only clog if the reactor is run without a canister inline before it, the acidity in the reactor will also be significant so using bioballs will be fine, I'm going to fill mine with matrix to add bio filtration after my crazy mech filter

That has not been my experience. The acidity in the chamber is negligible as it will be only slightly higher than the tank water, unless you're using a carbonator. Of course, YMMV


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And still it won't gunk up with a proper filter behind it using water polishing material will keep the filter free of gunk, give it a try or if you're worried use a clear housing and use union ball valves on both ends of the housing. Makes it easy to service
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I have, and it will ;-)
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Inkslinger can you pm me with a link to the one you got
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Went with the 1" port.
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As I mentioned about 15 posts ago, you can use boiling water to soften the end of the pvc pipe to soften and shape it. Bioballs are a bad idea. They clog really easily.
IMO: It shouldn't if you got a good filter before the reactor ,I have a Eheim 2262 before it goes into the house filter with 1" ports
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Guys is this the Rex style Reactor? I like the look of it, what would be the disadvatages or this compared to the Cerges?

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I finally set it up using 2 yeast CO2 generators. (1 teaspoon of yeast) Been a few minutes but no sign of bubbles, probably should give it some time. Sugar is quite hygroscopic so I suspect there is not enough moisture for the yeast to really ferment (2 cups per 2.25liter bottle)
Is drilling holes smaller than the airline diameter really enough for an airtight seal? I did find answers but not concerning the Cerges reactor. I also used brass T joint and only tightly fit the airline over the threaded end, enough for airtight?
Also, being in Kuwait I only found a brass check valve like this:
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Will the pressure produced be enough for the glass to flow through it? I greatly suspect it will not be enough. If it does not work. Any way to make sure water will not creep back into the DIY bubble counter?
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That's ify "Will the pressure produced be enough for the glass to flow through it?" I assume you mean GAS. It does take a while using yeast, but what I found out, when I did the diy yeast method, building a seperate gas seperator (pictured) help produce pressure faster along with using RAPID Yeast instead of the normal yeast.


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My DIY CO2 setup I used with my Cerges' reactor:

3 cups sugar
1 packet red wine yeast
10ml of Aqueon Aquarium Plant Food 0-0-1 (yeast micronutrients)
3.5qts/3Liters water
1gal plastic juice jug.

I run 2 jugs at once through a tall 1 liter water bottle bubble counter/ethanol alcohol vapor trap into my inline Cerges' reactor. I maintain a lemon-lime drop checker color.

I renew each jug every other week for a very steady bubble rate overall.

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That's ify "Will the pressure produced be enough for the glass to flow through it?" I assume you mean GAS. It does take a while using yeast, but what I found out, when I did the diy yeast method, building a seperate gas seperator (pictured) help produce pressure faster along with using RAPID Yeast instead of the normal yeast.

I did mean gas, apologies for the typo. I did build a separate gas seperator, but I think this brass valve would take quite some pressure to pass through it. Im using active dry yeast (packed with vitamin C I suppose) since there is no rapid rise yeast over here. Perhaps should've proofed it first? I used it in baking and put it directly into the dry mix without issues, should see what happens.
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My DIY CO2 setup I used with my Cerges' reactor:

3 cups sugar
1 packet red wine yeast
10ml of Aqueon Aquarium Plant Food 0-0-1 (yeast micronutrients)
3.5qts/3Liters water
1gal plastic juice jug.

I run 2 jugs at once through a tall 1 liter water bottle bubble counter/ethanol alcohol vapor trap into my inline Cerges' reactor. I maintain a lemon-lime drop checker color.

I renew each jug every other week for a very steady bubble rate overall.
Thank you, Im using a similar ratio.
There is no drop checkers here unless I order one or make my own solution.
I'm assuming you used a T joint to join the two bottles? Can you comment on how you attached them (directly/tape etc)
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Your flow takes a hit when you use a Rex reactor the cerges allows full flow unless you fill it with a lot of media
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Your flow takes a hit when you use a Rex reactor the cerges allows full flow unless you fill it with a lot of media
THANKS, that's what I needed to know.

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Anyway I tried using the brass check valve and I dont think it will work.
Removed it and ran the airline tube straight into the inlet at the T joint on the Cerges reactor and water crept back up into the gas separator and is filling the yeast bottles.
I cannot find any plastic check valves in the country. Sounds like I need to try another reactor? or is there a fix?
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