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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-02-2003, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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does anyone know where i can buy a cheap co2 reactor? im too lazy to make one myself lol. if anyone has one to sell i would most certainly consider buying it off of them too. thanks

oh and reactors are better for diffusing co2 into water right?
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Reactors are better at distributing the CO2. What do you mean by cheap??

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sub $20 bucks range
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At the site you mentioned in the online vendor section.


http://www.aquatic-store.com/index.h...tml&lang=en-us



CO2 Reactor - Diffuser $ 19.99



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Used to break up the co2 into small particles ensuring proper diffusion in the water. A powerhead (pump) is used to take the co2 bubble in and push it against the biaballs. This effectively creates increased contact time of the co2 with your plants.


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I know it's higher than your price range allows, but I recommend the $48.99 "Power Reactor" shown on that same page linked above. It's made by Plant Guild Products and is a great in-tank CO2 reactor (if you don't have a canister filter).

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This will be hard to do for under $20, unless you have a powerhead lying around. If you do, go buy a 2 pack of racquetballs. Keep the plastic container and set the balls and lid aside. Find a way to anchor the container upside down in your tank (allowing enough room at the bottom of the container for co2 rich water to escape). I drilled holes around the rim and tied it to a piece of slate. Now drill a small hole for your co2 line into the container. Epoxy or silicone the line in place. Next drill a hole just big enough to fit over the jet (output) part of a powerhead. Basically we've just made a diving bell that holds co2. The powerhead insures the surrounding water is circulated. I put some polyester batting in the bottom of the bell to prevent big bubbles from escaping. Not the prettiest method, but cheap and effective.
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I thought he said he was too lazy to diy :shock:

If you are really cheap, just let the bubbles bubble into the impeller of your pump, the get smashed into thousands of tiny bubbles which dissolve during their travel to the surface (if the outlet is on the bottom of the tank).

Only problem is the tok tok tok tok tok of the bubbles hitting the impeller.

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Yeah, apparently I've gone blind.
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