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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-22-2013, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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Ok so planning my planted tank and looking at co2 options... i have a sump i would like to keep as a refugium so my question is (my head is battered by all i have read and surfed and my eyeballs are starting to bleed )..can i use a small canister filter with a reactor ? its roughly 100gal and i am thinking that a small canister filter just for the co2 would suffice ..am i correct ...secondly do i need all the fancy kit or just co2 with a regulator ... sorry for being dim
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I am a little confused by what you are asking.

You are proposing that you have a small canister filter, with a reactor hooked up to it, for the sole purpose of dissolving CO2 (and not for filtration)? While this would work, I don't see why you wouldn't want to put the reactor on a larger filter (since you will probably need two filters anyway, for a large aquarium such as the one you have).

Regarding CO2, you will need at the very least, a CO2 cylinder, a needle valve and a regulator. Of course, you can get "fancier" (though still recommended) items such as a bubble counter, drop checker, and solenoid.

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I am a little confused by what you are asking.

You are proposing that you have a small canister filter, with a reactor hooked up to it, for the sole purpose of dissolving CO2 (and not for filtration)? While this would work, I don't see why you wouldn't want to put the reactor on a larger filter (since you will probably need two filters anyway, for a large aquarium such as the one you have).

Regarding CO2, you will need at the very least, a CO2 cylinder, a needle valve and a regulator. Of course, you can get "fancier" (though still recommended) items such as a bubble counter, drop checker, and solenoid.
I am running a 30 gallon sump with mixed media not a big fan of canister filters so if i can get away with out using a huge one all the better .

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I dont see a problem running the return line of a canister into a reactor though i thought you were asking if you could use the canister as a reactor which would not be ideal.

a popular choice is to use an inline co2 diffusor on the return line of a canister filter. not sure if i answered your question though.

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I want to put a sump on my tank, and it looks like some people just run their co2 into the return pump. It'll chop up the bubbles for you and send it into your tank. That way you wouldn't need a canister or a reactor. However, I don't have any experience with a tank that size. You might need two points of diffusion and/or powerheads to make sure the co2 is distributed throughout your tank properly.
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