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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 05-04-2003, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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I built a reactor lastnight and set it to work...when i got i noticed that there were very very tiny bubbles comming out of he reactor only noticable if you look from really close.They float up to the top and just sit there.they covermy entire water line.Is that a good thing?
Sorry for the bad pics...i just took them and i was in a hurry.U cant see the bubbles from the pics though just the reactor.
How in the world do you take good aquarium pics? I guess u close all windows so u dont get glare...but what about the flash..on or off hummmm.
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Small bubbles are supposed to be good, but I heard that if bubbles don't pop that is bad. But then again, isn't it more difficuilt to get smaller bubbles to pop anyways? What kind of substrate do you have?

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i have one layer of normal soil ....then a layer of azoo plant grower bed and finally a layer of gravel over that.its about 4" in the back and 2" in front.I also have 1 plant stick under every plant.
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I just built one of these reactors too. I had three powerheads and an old gravel vac kicking around. Anyways.. my question is I am using a AC Powerhead 201, 1. Is it powerful enough? 2. Soon as I turn it on there are all sorts of bubbles coming out (just air not co2), is this supposed to happen or is something with the way the powerhead is mounted?

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Once the entire pump is submerged youre not supposed to be getting any bubbles just co2.Are u sure its covered all the way?
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Yeah, it's completely submerged. I thought it was the way the pump was oriented so I sqitch it to horizontal and ran a tube from the powerhead to the gravel vac. Same deal. Doesn't make much sense to me. Seems to be working though. No bubbles go to the surface of the tank. I dunno, maybe I should just buy a RIO and see where that gets me?
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Yeah, it's completely submerged. I thought it was the way the pump was oriented so I sqitch it to horizontal and ran a tube from the powerhead to the gravel vac. Same deal. Doesn't make much sense to me. Seems to be working though. No bubbles go to the surface of the tank. I dunno, maybe I should just buy a RIO and see where that gets me?
Bad idea. If I could do mine again I would NOT get a RIO. They have to be the worst powerheads/pumps ever in my opinion. I have used pretty much everyother brand, and never again RIO. They are totally unreliable and I have heard horror stories about them. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night to this loud noise, and it is my powerhead stalled making all sorts of noises. I have to get up and turn the darn thing off just to get some sleep.

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Hm, I was considering a Rio for a sump. Now it looks like I need to consider something else. :roll:

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Well.. maybe I won't go with the RIO. I check my PH today and it has lowered down to 6.8 over night (with a weak bubble count).. so I guess my reactor is working.. I'll check again tonight.. see what the PH is then.
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Now don't take that as the sole reason for not getting one, as it is just my opinion. Try searching for RIO reviews and see what else you get. Overall when I was looking into powerheads for my nano reef, Rio was generally the brand people shun the most.

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I like my Rio. It's simple and for this application, that's a plus. They're pretty darn cheap too, so if you want to replace it, it isn't that big of a deal.

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But the real question here is.. are there always bubbles in the chamber (gravel vac) even when there is no CO2 present?
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You know I have some of these home made systems and they aren't bad. What I used to do is run it right into the intake to my canister filter. It works so nice cause all of the co2 is being put in your tank. Now I have found only one problem with this system. I can't keep the seal tight from the bottle to the air hose. I'm useing aquarium sealant and I do let it sit for a day. Anyone have any ideas????
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I believe the cap of the soda bottles is made with polyethylene which I don't think any glue will stick to. I've used aquarium selant before and it eventually leaks. My current DIY co2 at my office uses epoxy to hold the cap to a brass barb, it seems to work pretty well.
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A brass barb????
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