Cerges' Reactor - DIY Inline CO2 Reactor - Page 5 - The Planted Tank Forum
 6Likes
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #61 of 857 (permalink) Old 08-09-2010, 01:19 AM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
newday3000's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Posts: 476
[QUOTE=shane3fan;1087851]I wonder if a ceramic diffusor attached to the end of the hose inside of the housing would make any difference? Or would that be wasted time and energy[QUOTE]

I built one of these back in March and have been using it ever since. My thread is here

I tried the ceramic disk inside and the tiny bubles got sucked up into the outlet too easily. bigger bubbles worked better versus a fine mist from the disk. I also tried a micron cartridge to trap CO2 inside the chamber which worked fine but the micron cartridge clogged and started to grow algea.



I use a dedicated pump to work the reactor which I think is best to avoid impact flow on my canister filter. I get really good CO2 circulation around the tank 4' 75G.

I now chop bubles on intake of powerhead to the inlet of the reactor and use long tubing to pull water from the bottom of the chamber.

I find this system works great, I have cheap home filters at Canadiantire in Canada that are clear so I can see CO2 bubbles inside the chamber. I can also vent the excess CO2 or air out of the chamber with a button on the top of the filter.


I got a 10# CO2 tank to last over 5 months on a 75G with this diffuser running with a PH controller.

75 Gallon High Tech Planted Tank (Journal) 220 Gallon African Cichlid tank (Journal)
Ponds http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ponds/140285-pond-project-jungle-vines.html pics, pics
newday3000 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #62 of 857 (permalink) Old 08-11-2010, 02:42 AM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Chattanooga
Posts: 352
Hi all, I tried mine out today after a month of collecting Co2 equips and the cerges reactor that I built leaks the Co2 into my tank for some reason even after I put PVC pipe glue on the top of the output connection where the coupling is.

I'm not by any means saying it's a bad reactor since it still turned my drop checker lime green in a matter of 2-3 hours with 3BPS.

Just an update for you guys.

FILSTAR Pimp #162
Quesenek is offline  
post #63 of 857 (permalink) Old 09-14-2010, 05:27 PM
Algae Grower
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: VA
Posts: 36
How does the Cerges reactor compare to Tom Barr's DIY venturi reactor? Could you do a venturi loop for this one as well, I don't see why not, other than perhaps its not necessary.

Thanks

Fred
fjf888 is offline  
post #64 of 857 (permalink) Old 09-14-2010, 05:40 PM
Algae Grower
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Lafayette, IN
Posts: 6
I have one of these as a DIY canister filter/CO2 reactor on my 20L powered by a maxijet 600 ran externally. runs terrific and dissolves all CO2 that is pumped into it

Quote:
Originally Posted by Quesenek View Post
Hi all, I tried mine out today after a month of collecting Co2 equips and the cerges reactor that I built leaks the Co2 into my tank for some reason even after I put PVC pipe glue on the top of the output connection where the coupling is.

I'm not by any means saying it's a bad reactor since it still turned my drop checker lime green in a matter of 2-3 hours with 3BPS.

Just an update for you guys.
maybe try putting some filter media in it to help break the CO2 up a little bit. I was getting little bubbles coming out of the outflow until I did this
dtilley is offline  
post #65 of 857 (permalink) Old 09-24-2010, 10:44 PM
Planted Member
 
smg980's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Chicago
Posts: 179
The reactor is supposed to go on the outflow side of the canister, correct?

EHFIPIMP #319 -- 2026, (2) 2028s, 2213, (2) 1250s
smg980 is offline  
post #66 of 857 (permalink) Old 09-25-2010, 12:15 AM
Planted Member
 
smg980's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Chicago
Posts: 179
Quote:
Originally Posted by smg980 View Post
The reactor is supposed to go on the outflow side of the canister, correct?
As depicted in this drawing?
Attached Images
 

EHFIPIMP #319 -- 2026, (2) 2028s, 2213, (2) 1250s
smg980 is offline  
post #67 of 857 (permalink) Old 09-28-2010, 05:19 AM
Planted Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Colorado
Posts: 177
Where ya buy the Omni housing? Can ya get them at Home Depot?
Cryptocoryne is offline  
post #68 of 857 (permalink) Old 09-28-2010, 09:16 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
nokturnalkid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: HI, but Pueblo, CO for now
Posts: 1,241
Any water filter housing that you can find at a hardware store will work fine.
nokturnalkid is offline  
post #69 of 857 (permalink) Old 10-04-2010, 07:19 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
hbosman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Leesburg Virginia
Posts: 1,636
This is the one I just set up:

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

I am using it with a 80 gph water pump. It dissolves CO2 just fine but, I just ordered a 200 gph water pump to increase the circulation.
hbosman is online now  
post #70 of 857 (permalink) Old 10-14-2010, 12:46 AM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
thrak76's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: SW Michigan
Posts: 333
Is there a disadvantage to using a smaller filter housing, say 5-6" housing, versus the size that has been shown so far? I came across this filter housing while researching this topic. The inlets are 3/8", so that could be a disadvantage for some. But... it's just a bit over 7" long. This could help to save some space in the stand.

Pimp #418: 2075, 2217
MARINELAND Pimp#5: C-220, H.O.T.

thrak76 is offline  
post #71 of 857 (permalink) Old 10-14-2010, 02:55 AM
Algae Grower
 
Tunze's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Mont Co, MD
Posts: 66
I think there would be less contact time with the Co2 and the water in the reactor. You might also get more micro bubbles in the outflow.
I'm using one of the full sized ones with the clear housing and really think this is the best designed reactor yet.


Quote:
Originally Posted by thrak76 View Post
Is there a disadvantage to using a smaller filter housing, say 5-6" housing, versus the size that has been shown so far?
Tunze is offline  
post #72 of 857 (permalink) Old 10-14-2010, 08:11 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
hbosman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Leesburg Virginia
Posts: 1,636
Quote:
Originally Posted by hbosman View Post
This is the one I just set up:

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

I am using it with a 80 gph water pump. It dissolves CO2 just fine but, I just ordered a 200 gph water pump to increase the circulation.
I tried the 200 gph water pump and it was noisier and released a lot of bubbles into the aquarium so, I went back to the 80 gph pump and it works better. The Cerge reactor works well to dissolve CO2 but still spits out bulbs and a little mist. Much less mist than a powerhead with the split impeller mod. I wouldn't try a smaller housing, I think it will release quite a lot of bubbles.
hbosman is online now  
post #73 of 857 (permalink) Old 10-25-2010, 12:34 AM
Algae Grower
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: NoCal
Posts: 75
My canister filter has 5/8" ID hose and I can't find the barbed fitting like the ones used here. Have tried HD, Orchard supply and Lowes. Does anyone know where to get a 3/4 threaded to 5/8" barbed fitting?
Attached Images
 
Sundance2010 is offline  
post #74 of 857 (permalink) Old 10-25-2010, 01:06 AM
Algae Grower
 
Tunze's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Mont Co, MD
Posts: 66
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sundance2010 View Post
Does anyone know where to get a 3/4 threaded to 5/8" barbed fitting?

You should be able to find one locally if not here is a link
http://flexpvc.com/cart/agora.cgi?ca...ct=Barbs-Nylon
Tunze is offline  
post #75 of 857 (permalink) Old 10-25-2010, 09:45 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
milesm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: HI
Posts: 543
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tunze View Post
I think there would be less contact time with the Co2 and the water in the reactor. You might also get more micro bubbles in the outflow.
I'm using one of the full sized ones with the clear housing and really think this is the best designed reactor yet.
how much water are you pushing through your reactor? thanks.
milesm is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome