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CO2 reactor on inlet side ?
I am thinking of building a Griggs style co2 reactor to replace the inline diffuser that I use now. The reason is because of the micro bubbles in the tank that get annoying. I have done a bit of reading, and I am amazed that such a reactor is not really available commercially. So it looks like I will have to build one of my own. The main complaint the people have is that this reactor can slow the flow down. I can only assume this has something to do with the extra large volume of water in the expansion chamber. My question is, can the reactor be on the inlet side. I would think that this would work better, as it is on the suction side(lower pressure?), and also it has larger diameter hoses. I don’t know of any down side, assuming that all the co2 dissolves before the impeller. Not sure if the extra co2 in the water can affect the nitrifying bacteria. Anyway, I would love to hear peoples opinions.
Planted Tank Obsessed
The extra co2 in the water won't hurt the bacteria in the filter - but extra air getting into the cannister filter will at least make it more noisy, at worst it will shorten the lifespan of the filter motor. Some may argue that the impeller blades in the filter will help chop up any co2 that make it out of the reactor, and they would be correct, but the above still applies.
Planted Tank Guru
Originally Posted by Daleo View Post
Originally Posted by WheeledGoat View Post
Last edited by Darkblade48; 05-18-2013 at 11:40 AM. Reason: Please use the edit function for back to back posts to keep threads cleaner
I dislike the idea of a reactor on the inlet side because over time, detritus will accumulate in it. I'd rather have filtered water going through it to reduce maintenance. It's bad enough cleaning the canister without adding more work to it.
Originally Posted by Ozymandius View Post
I am going to go with this reactor first, it's not much money. If it's no good I might build one of the Griggs type.