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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-26-2003, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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I'm getting ready to set up my pressurized co2 Dh is bringing the regulator and needle valves home along with tubing. So the plan is to quickly do a diy bubble counter and run the co2 into the filter. Right now its a hob but will be replaced with a canister next week..or as soon as it comes in. Will it work running it into the filter or do I need a reactor?
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Running CO2 into a HOB filter really isn't a bad reactor. It does a fairly good job. The primary area of concern is a HOB power filter's tendency to create a lot of surface agitation on the return "waterfall" which will cause you to lose CO2 to the atmosphere.

If you cut away the bottom lip that protrudes from the bottom edge of the waterfall, you can help eliminate a lot of that turbulence.

Not all canisters can be used as diffusor reactors. Magnums are best, but Eheims and Filstars may or may not work. Fluvals will airlock if you inject CO2 into them.

Here's a picture of what I mean about modifying the power filter...

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well I ordered a filstar. So if it doesn't work then I'll either leave the AC on for just that or look into building a reactor. Now what about a bubble counter? Do I need one? Sorry for so many dumb questions but without actually seeing one of these setups in action I'm having a hard time understanding how it works. And no lfs has one either.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-26-2003, 02:43 PM
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Have you tried removing the lip of an HOB? I have the output of my canister running into the hOB then into the tank. If I can reduced turbulance by just cutting the lip I'll do it. Just want to know if anyone has tried it.
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Try this link, it has a few good diagrams of how these things can be done.DIY info

My reactor is not quite the the one shown at that site. I copied the vortex reactor from plantguild Plantguild Power reactor It works fine, but I've had to experiment with what sort of thing to use to block the exit, not too dense, not too ugly, since it does show.
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Wow anonapersona!
What great links!
I think everything I was going to ask, was answered in those 2 links. Thanks!

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