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mechtec 10-13-2012 10:41 PM

ginormous
 
Well the son and I got around to making our reactor, hope it works out like expected, right after the reactor is our uv sterilizer then it will dump in right before return sump to go back into tank.
more pics to come as soon as we run it. In reactor has bio balls and biobale right at the end. Whatcha guys think about our ginormous?

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y73...Untitled-1.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y73.../reactor_7.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y73.../reactor_5.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y73.../reactor_6.jpg



http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y73...tor_layout.jpg

thanks for looking
gary

OverStocked 10-13-2012 10:58 PM

what size tank is this on? What size pump is running it?

mechtec 10-13-2012 11:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by OverStocked (Post 2042289)
what size tank is this on? What size pump is running it?

The tank is a 210 gal, plus 80 gal sump, the pump reeflo super dart gold rated @ 4300 gph

gary

NWA-Planted 10-13-2012 11:18 PM

Very nice! I tried something similar but was not successful, I didn't know they made 4"-1" reducers... I may have to try this again

Maybe I am missing it somewhere, is there a way to open / service the inside

Sent from a dark corner in my happy place

mechtec 10-13-2012 11:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NWA-Planted (Post 2042308)
Very nice! I tried something similar but was not successful, I didn't know they made 4"-1" reducers... I may have to try this again

Maybe I am missing it somewhere, is there a way to open / service the inside

Sent from a dark corner in my happy place


If you look at the right end of the drawing, I have installed a slip/thread with clean out cap, as per pic...

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y73...leanoutcap.jpg

Hoppy 10-14-2012 02:16 AM

I would make sure the right side is slightly higher than the left side, so you don't get a CO2 bubble collecting just above where the CO2 comes in. It looks like it should work very well.

Kathyy 10-14-2012 03:52 AM

That is awesome! No bubbles are going to get in your tank! Where is it going to be placed?

http://flexpvc.com/cart/agora.cgi?ca...-Tees-Reducing Bet there is one on this page!

boxhead1990 10-14-2012 07:22 AM

Thats huge!

Sent from my ST25a

BreakingBread 10-14-2012 12:03 PM

The co2 travels through about 14-16 feet of reactor,uv sterilizer, and 1 3/8 hosing to return in sump, I was initially worried that we wouldn't have enough pump to power everything. Fortunately I had to tune it down almost halfway through that part of the system. Ill put some pics of it all later today.

mechtec 10-14-2012 06:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kathyy (Post 2042482)
That is awesome! No bubbles are going to get in your tank! Where is it going to be placed?

http://flexpvc.com/cart/agora.cgi?ca...-Tees-Reducing Bet there is one on this page!

We placed it behind the tank, secured it to the 2x6 header. Don't mind the paint job on the back glass, we left the area where the overflows unpainted, to be able to see in this area.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y73..._of_tank_3.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y73..._of_tank_2.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y73..._of_tank_1.jpg

gary

GraphicGr8s 10-15-2012 01:27 AM

How did you get the 4"-1" reducer to accept pipe on the inside?

BreakingBread 10-15-2012 02:05 AM

Theres a small ridge that prevents the pipe from going all the way through, i simply cut the ridge with a razor blade then sanded it down with sandpaper untill i could slip the 1" pvc all the way through.

Kathyy 10-15-2012 02:55 AM

I thought reactors were supposed to stand up?

mechtec 10-15-2012 03:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kathyy (Post 2043459)
I thought reactors were supposed to stand up?


not necessary, either way the flow of water/c02 still has to travel the length of the reactor then back through the center smaller pipe, by then it should be well mixed. It should have a slight incline to keeps c02 bubble going in the right direction. if it don't work out like planned, that would be awesome to stand it up!

gary

BreakingBread 10-15-2012 04:28 AM

Bubbles dont understand up or down, they just follow the water current, and the longer underwater the better saturation. i wanted the reactor to go horizontal to maximize the saturation time without having excessive head loss on our main pump. I have been monitoring the waterflow through that part of the system and there hasnt been any sudden gurgling either from co2 pockets in reactor. It seems to be working great.


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