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Question Need Suggestions on placement of DIY Co2 Reactor

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I have a question regarding the best possible placement for a DIY co2 external inline reactor. The reactor looks like this:
( http://www.aquabid.com/cgi-bin/aucti...nta&1088989262 )

I'm wondering what Hardware I would need to attach it to the walls of my wood cabinet so that it securely stays in place but it is easy to take out to clean, etc. I was thinking of using velcro but I was wondering if I could use something more robust like metal bands or those huge hose clamps that you can adjust with a screw driver.

Also, Should I install the reactor straight or can it be tilted a few degrees. I read somewhere that for best diffusion of co2 to the water it is best to tilt the reactor a bit....

What's your thoughts?

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i plan to hang my reactor from the top of my tank stand with a plastic twist tie. in fact i'm just taking a break from doing so. very scientific. but should work nonetheless.

i suggest trying usplastics website. i understand they have a variety of clamps that may serve your purpose.
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ok ixnay on the above idea; it worked very lamely. i have a roll of 3/4 inch wide (fairly thick but flexible though, i got tired of trying to saw thru it with a hacksaw so i used tin snips instead) metal strapping that is used mainly to secure hot water pipes. you should be able to find it in the plumbing section of a hardware store. it has holes drilled in it about an inch or so apart. if you can't come up with better ideas, give it a try. i'm doing so now; it works ok.
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I was thinking of using hose clamps (the ones that have the screw to adjust the girth(?) of the clamp). I would have to get really big ones to wrap around the cabinet column and the reactor. If that doesn't work maybe using strips of velcro to wrap around the entire assembly might do the job. That way you can take out the reactor when you need to do maintenance by just unwrapping the velcro.

hmm I could go a step further by making a stand for it that would basically cradle the reactor at the endcaps and then use magnets industrial strengh velcro to attach to the cabinet walls.

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poohbee the method described in my second post worked perfectly for me. i screwed the metal strapping onto the inside wall of my stand. of course these will not be as easy to remove as, say, velcro, but how often will you be taking your reactor out for maintenance?

the clamps you are describing, i have never seen them that big, but they may exist. the usplastics part # of the clamp i alluded to earlier is 44287.

http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/pro...B%2C+PP+Piping

i am tilting my reactor about 30 degrees because i have read that a tilt is preferred. and, i have to do so to get it to fit in the stand.
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wow those things are nice!.. Thanks for the link I'll have to find out what the diameter of the tube is and order one. I looked on the usplastics page but I couldn't find them. I probably searched for the wrong thing. Thank you again for the tips. =)

Wow... shipping is expensive O_O.... I hope my home depot or ace hardware carries this....

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You can attach the stainless steel hose clamps in series to obtain a larger diameter as well. Just unscrew them both, then thread one into the other. I've used this technique to attach a 6" PVC pipe to the rack of my work truck for about 3 years now.
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