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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-18-2017, 02:17 AM Thread Starter
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Efficient Co2 reactors?

I need a new co2 diffuser, something to get the co2 into the tank. Currently I just use some cheap atomizer but I think I for sure want to go the route of an atomizer. I'm looking at one of these:
https://www.amazon.com/Gulfstream-Tr...TVB7RRJ5EXQ5HM
https://www.amazon.com/Gulfstream-Tr...TVB7RRJ5EXQ5HM

or a green leaf

Atomic Inline CO2 Diffuser 16/22mm | Green Leaf Aquariums

Not sure. Respond soon please so I can order one of these things. Thanks
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You can make one yourself pretty easily. Either a cerges or a rex grigg will work.
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I got the Sera Flore Active CO2 Reactor 500 and run it inline with a dedicated Fluval 206 with absolutely no media in it. I get zero and I mean absolutely zero bubbles in display tank. The reactor is dead silent. One of the best purchases for my entire system. Place the 206 out right behind my main filter Fluval FX4 out for optimal co2 dismemberment and it absolutely works awesome. I am telling you save yourself the trouble, do not get those but get the Sera Flore. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Not sure why the pictures are tilted but you get the idea. With the atomizers and diffuses you will still get some bubbles in the tank. If you want the cleanest and best co2 dismemberment system go with the reactor.
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I got the Sera Flore Active CO2 Reactor 500 and run it inline with a dedicated Fluval 206 with absolutely no media in it. I get zero and I mean absolutely zero bubbles in display tank. The reactor is dead silent. One of the best purchases for my entire system. Place the 206 out right behind my main filter Fluval FX4 out for optimal co2 dismemberment and it absolutely works awesome. I am telling you save yourself the trouble, do not get those but get the Sera Flore. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Not sure why the pictures are tilted but you get the idea. With the atomizers and diffuses you will still get some bubbles in the tank. If you want the cleanest and best co2 dismemberment system go with the reactor.
This is for a 10 gallon tank. Is the sera flore good for 10 gallons? It says it's rated for like 60-120. Thanks

Bump: Also I use 1/2 inch tubing... I don't think the SERA would work.
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This is for a 10 gallon tank. Is the sera flore good for 10 gallons? It says it's rated for like 60-120. Thanks

Bump: Also I use 1/2 inch tubing... I don't think the SERA would work.


All depends on the canister filter you use. I use the 206 which also has 1/2 hose. Just get barbed adapters to go from 5/8 to 1/2. It works great. You could use the same design I use. Trust me it works great.


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All depends on the canister filter you use. I use the 206 which also has 1/2 hose. Just get barbed adapters to go from 5/8 to 1/2. It works great. You could use the same design I use. Trust me it works great.


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With the Fluval 6 series canister filters i.e. Fluval 106/206/306 regardless of the hose size the rubber adapters that connect the canister to hose is 5/8 to whatever hose size in my case is 5/8 to 1/2. So what I did was get an extra set of rubber hose adapters that connect then the reactor to the hosing. If you look at the pic I sent you will see what I am talking about. Again the hose is 1/2 and connects no problem to the reactor via the rubber adapters. You could if u have the money get a dedicated canister filter in your case I would get the Fluval 106. Again same exact setup I have but with the Fluval 206 which in the pics you see right next to the reactor. If you are interested in the setup more specifically you can pm me.


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With the Fluval 6 series canister filters i.e. Fluval 106/206/306 regardless of the hose size the rubber adapters that connect the canister to hose is 5/8 to whatever hose size in my case is 5/8 to 1/2. So what I did was get an extra set of rubber hose adapters that connect then the reactor to the hosing. If you look at the pic I sent you will see what I am talking about. Again the hose is 1/2 and connects no problem to the reactor via the rubber adapters. You could if u have the money get a dedicated canister filter in your case I would get the Fluval 106. Again same exact setup I have but with the Fluval 206 which in the pics you see right next to the reactor. If you are interested in the setup more specifically you can pm me.


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Awesome thanks for the help. Yeah I have a fluval 306 on my 29 gallon but I just use an atomizer into the filter intake.

I will buy the extra rubber adapters, I think I know what you are talking about.

Where can I get some? Thanks
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Awesome thanks for the help. Yeah I have a fluval 306 on my 29 gallon but I just use an atomizer into the filter intake.

I will buy the extra rubber adapters, I think I know what you are talking about.

Where can I get some? Thanks
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002Z7V3W/

Then just get some hose clamps and it works to seal the ends. Because I was short some ribbed hosing due to having to use some when going from the filter to reactor I just bought some 1/2 ID clear hose and hooked it up to the existing ribbed hosing for the out using a plastic 1/2 to 1/2 barbed adapter. That is why you see the clear hosing going from reactor out. If you have enough existing fluval 306 ribbed hosing then you are good.
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Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002Z7V3W/

Then just get some hose clamps and it works to seal the ends. Because I was short some ribbed hosing due to having to use some when going from the filter to reactor I just bought some 1/2 ID clear hose and hooked it up to the existing ribbed hosing for the out using a plastic 1/2 to 1/2 barbed adapter. That is why you see the clear hosing going from reactor out. If you have enough existing fluval 306 ribbed hosing then you are good.
Actually I don't even think it's half inch tubing. This is the filter I have.

National Geographic? Aquarium Filter | fish Filters | PetSmart

It says no where the tubing size and I measured it and it's NOT 1/2 inch its a really weird measurement.
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Actually I don't even think it's half inch tubing. This is the filter I have.

National Geographic? Aquarium Filter | fish Filters | PetSmart

It says no where the tubing size and I measured it and it's NOT 1/2 inch its a really weird measurement.
Strange. Maybe its 5/8? It should be 1/2. its hard to find the specs for it. Its basically a re branded eheim ecco filter. I would just take the hose you have in to the hardware store and find a barbed adapter that will fit it that goes to 5/8 and you should be good. Are you measuring the ID?(Inner Diameter)

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The inner diameter is pretty much a centimeter in diameter. I have no idea why they used odd measurements though. Should I try the Sera one you suggested? I don't want to risk anything. Not sure what to do here.
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The inner diameter is pretty much a centimeter in diameter. I have no idea why they used odd measurements though. Should I try the Sera one you suggested? I don't want to risk anything. Not sure what to do here.


Yes for sure. I love the Sera. That sounds like you only measured the thickness of the hose. That's not what you need. You want to measure the opening. From end to end on the inside. Make sense? I'll take a pic


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So this hose ID is 5/8


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Yeah I know how to measure the tubing diameter it's about a centimeter like i said.

3/8 inches... it's more clear now that I look back on it. Odd. 3/8 of an inch. It's really small tubing.
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Yeah I know how to measure the tubing diameter it's about a centimeter like i said.

3/8 inches... it's more clear now that I look back on it. Odd. 3/8 of an inch. It's really small tubing.
Ok in that case no problem. Just need two of these 3/8" to 5/8" https://www.freshwatersystems.com/p-...d-x-38-id.aspx

Should have at your local hardware store. Then get a short length of 5/8" clear hose to go from the Sera Flora reactor to adapter. And then the other end of adapter to your existing hose you have for the out. Then another short 5/8" clear hose to go from other port of reactor to go to other 5/8" to 3/8" barb then the 3/8" hose to your canister.
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Ok in that case no problem. Just need two of these 3/8" to 5/8" https://www.freshwatersystems.com/p-...d-x-38-id.aspx

Should have at your local hardware store. Then get a short length of 5/8" clear hose to go from the Sera Flora reactor to adapter. And then the other end of adapter to your existing hose you have for the out. Then another short 5/8" clear hose to go from other port of reactor to go to other 5/8" to 3/8" barb then the 3/8" hose to your canister.
Complicated....

Would a green leaf aquariums reactor work? It's like a MINI reactor with a diffuser inside so it's already small bubbles when it gets pumped into the output.

My canister filter is exposed all these adapters and stuff would just look ugly,
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