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post #151 of 171 (permalink) Old 06-13-2012, 12:11 PM
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Thanks for the info. Where did you put the screen?
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post #152 of 171 (permalink) Old 06-13-2012, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
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I cut a 1" pvc pipe to 16.25" added a 1" coupling and screw on the suction screen . I cut the end off so it will fit over the center ring of the filter, that's on the bottom of the filter canister. I sanded the other end to fit snug to the top of the filter.
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post #153 of 171 (permalink) Old 06-18-2012, 12:37 PM
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Thanks for the info. I added bunch more bio - balls to my reactor this weekend, and it really helped. I now have the reactor about half full of bio - balls.
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post #154 of 171 (permalink) Old 06-18-2012, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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Just for the heck of it I'm painting my center pvc with black paint. I'm still looking for my bag of mini bio balls . I'm able to push my bio ball's threw the 1" port with the head cap on the canister before I hook it up on line.


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Thanks for the info. I added bunch more bio - balls to my reactor this weekend, and it really helped. I now have the reactor about half full of bio - balls.
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post #155 of 171 (permalink) Old 06-19-2012, 04:09 AM Thread Starter
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Will I found my bag of bio balls and I filled my container to see how much I will need.
Maybe this weekend I will take pic's before placing it on line, The filter is so big that
I don't have room to use the mounting plate that came with it , got to use some bungee
cords or some thing to hold it up. My stand is like 30"-36" inside.

I'm not too much in a hurry , I'm going to break down my tank around the end of Aug. to move into our new house , But I got to know if this project really work out with a high flow pump of 900gph . I think it will slow the flow just a tad with the bio balls but I hope I get 100% of my co2 defuse with a high bubble count!
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post #156 of 171 (permalink) Old 06-26-2012, 09:23 PM
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Wondering how you guys are liking this big reactor?

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"C'mon, they're just plants, man, no big deal -- try some"
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post #157 of 171 (permalink) Old 06-27-2012, 04:25 AM Thread Starter
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I still haven set it up yet ! I got it all put to together , I've got the 1" ports and used
reducers to 5/8" Eheim hose . I like the size it's B I G!! I have a 36" high stand and I
can't mount it underneath . I'm going to use bungee cords or straps to secure it . The
Eheim 2262 filter will hold it up some the house filter sits just a tad higher from the pump.
The inside is like 5 1/2" round .
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Will I finely set up my filter and only took 10min to replace the ext 5000 reactor that I had in the first place , with my Eheim 2262 filter pumping at 900gph it is so quite and my co2 at 3bps I drop from 8.7 to 7.3 in 2hr for a 110g tank. Well post pic's soon of my new set-up.
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Will I finely finish my reactor , I got too say this works great with my Eheim 2262 filter. I have a 3in x 1in suction screen on a 1in pvc then I added bio mini balls and fill it to the rim, It dissolves all my co2 and am able to run my bubble count way less than when I had the ext 5000 reactor , no bubbles being blown into my 110g tank and it's so quit.
The pic shows how big the reactor is to the ext 5000 and I use a 5/8in tee from aqua medic for my co2 and with the bleed valve on the filter makes filling with water a breeze so far a 10lb co2 tank last me 6 months with the ext 5000 reactor, I hope with this new set-up I can get at least another 2 months
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Will with this hot weather I'm thinking of removing my elbow with heater an go straight out to the tank, The tempt in the tank stays about 2* below room temp all the time. So far the system is working great , I get 100% diffusion in my 110g tank , just got to add some
little flow with power head.
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Will so far this set-up has been great at dissolving all my co2 100% and I am running less co2 at this time and it's keeping my Drop Checkers on both end of the 60x18x24 inch tank green every day. I'll say this is the best set-up I ever had.
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Glad to hear it working well for you. Mine been working great as well. It needs a good cleaning though. I am thinking about doing that this weekend, not really looking forward to moving that monster from under my stand.
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Jim_PA do you just have one return going back into your tank from your sump? Mine is like that and I have a 900gph pump and for some reason can't get the co2 to dissolve in the water at all. I have a 20" Rex Griggs reactor and not sure if its to much water pressure.
I'm asking you cause you seem to be the only other one in here that has a planted tank with a sump.
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Jim_PA do you just have one return going back into your tank from your sump? Mine is like that and I have a 900gph pump and for some reason can't get the co2 to dissolve in the water at all. I have a 20" Rex Griggs reactor and not sure if its to much water pressure.
I'm asking you cause you seem to be the only other one in here that has a planted tank with a sump.
Hi isellcars,
I have dual overflow on my tank, so I have 2 returns, one in each corner.

As for my plumbing; from the return pump in the sump, it goes to my reactor, from the reactor it goes into a Y, that then goes to each return. I am running MAG 18 (1800 GPH). I am using flex PVC for all my plumbing, also not using any 90's. All my plumbing is 1 inch. I don't have the MAG18 turned down at all so I am getting fair amount of turnover, also have my UV split from the MAG18, but that has a gatevalve to control flow. Assume you have PVC running from top to the bottom of your reactor? Inside of it?

As to help off gas of CO2, I have my sump covered with plexi glass, as for my overflows, I am running durso standpipe on each, and have some poret foam to help with the splash.

When you say it won't dissolve, do you mean your seeing the tiny & large bubbles in your tank, or that your drop checker won't turn green?

I had a problem with both at first, I filled my reactor up with a bunch of bio-balls real small ones, maybe half full with no water in it, and that helped with seeing large and most of the small bubbles in the tank.

If your drop checker won't turn green color, I had a lot of problems with that as well. It took a lot of adjustments to CO2, to get right balance. I cannot count the bubbles in my bubble counter. I have given up with that, and just adjust it to my drop checker is the right color.

Sorry this is so long, way more info than you wanted I am sure, but I figured I would give you full details of the setup.
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My reactor is basically a 2" PVC pipe that has water going in on top and out on the bottom. My co2 goes into the pipe about 3" from the top. I was told this is the best way to breakup and dissolve the co2 into the water. Instead I get really big bubbles entering my tank.
I just have the single return in the middle of the tank and wasn't sure if I just had to much water pressure. I gave up on the bubble counter weeks ago since it is just a constant stream. But the DC barely ever changes color....more so a blue/green color.
Really starting to drive me crazy. I thought the sump set up with a filter sock would be the best way to go but not sure so far.
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