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Forum: DIY 09-14-2010, 05:38 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 36,324
Posted By mcd19
Thats actually the price tag your looking at on...

Thats actually the price tag your looking at on the 3/16" rigid airline tubing which was removed prior to assembly. Sorry about that.:icon_sad: Should have removed it prior to taking any pictures so...
Forum: DIY 07-29-2010, 05:28 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 36,324
Posted By mcd19
The water comes from the filter output hose,...

The water comes from the filter output hose, flows into the top of the reactor, and then leaves the bottom returning to the tank. It is done from top to bottom to give the CO2 gas that is rising to...
Forum: Lighting 03-12-2010, 12:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 393
Posted By mcd19
Thanks for the reply. Sounds like you have had...

Thanks for the reply. Sounds like you have had some success with the combo bulb. I've read that the combination bulb is better than just the 6700k bulb by itself so that's why I'm thinking of trying...
Forum: Lighting 03-11-2010, 02:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 393
Posted By mcd19
Change type of bulb?

Does anyone use this type of bulb, http://www.aquariumguys.com/current-dual-sunpaq2.html. I currently use a 65W 6700K compact bulb that needs replacing. I was thinking of replacing it with the...
Forum: DIY 04-24-2009, 11:52 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 36,324
Posted By mcd19
Jgreg asked the same question in the post above...

Jgreg asked the same question in the post above yours. In theory the reactor will work just fine. The problem is, a wet/dry filter is designed to out gas CO2 and provide more oxygen to your tank. For...
Forum: DIY 04-22-2009, 04:01 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 36,324
Posted By mcd19
I have an Eheim 2224 and used regular adjustable...

I have an Eheim 2224 and used regular adjustable stainless steal metal hose clamps you can buy at any hardware or home store.


Because of the filter you are using you may be fighting a losing...
Forum: DIY 01-06-2009, 01:14 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 36,324
Posted By mcd19
Not necessary. You will get very good absorption...

Not necessary. You will get very good absorption without a diffuser and diffusers tend to get clogged and will be difficult to clean when the reactor is glued together.
Forum: DIY 11-05-2008, 02:42 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 36,324
Posted By mcd19
If built correctly and operating correctly there...

If built correctly and operating correctly there is no need for a diffuser. You will have close to 100% absorption of CO2. The diffuser can cause problems down the road like clogging up and...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-31-2008, 04:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,049
Posted By mcd19
Thats normal for stem plants. It does not...

Thats normal for stem plants. It does not necessarily mean that they are nutrient deprived. I just remove the roots every time I do a water change. It takes just a couple of minutes and does not hurt...
Forum: DIY 10-29-2008, 10:00 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 36,324
Posted By mcd19
Taz is right, you probably have to open up the...

Taz is right, you probably have to open up the needle valve a little and push out all the water in the line in order to get the CO2 flowing correctly.

Although the first order of business for you...
Forum: DIY 10-27-2008, 09:32 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 36,324
Posted By mcd19
Its almost impossible not to get some glue and...

Its almost impossible not to get some glue and primer inside the reactor when constructing it. As long as everything is good and dry before using the reactor, you will have no problems.
Forum: DIY 10-15-2008, 03:13 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 36,324
Posted By mcd19
Yes I did use 2" PVC. Check out my first post in...

Yes I did use 2" PVC. Check out my first post in this thread where I lay out all the things you will need.
Forum: DIY 10-13-2008, 04:13 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 36,324
Posted By mcd19
The whole project cost me about $25 dollars. ...

The whole project cost me about $25 dollars.

You can find the clear PVC here:
http://www.aquaticeco.com/subcategories/2480/Clear-PVC-Pipe/
Forum: DIY 10-11-2008, 02:11 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 36,324
Posted By mcd19
Being in the cabinet under the tank I don't know...

Being in the cabinet under the tank I don't know how you would have a problem with algae growth. You would have to have your reactor in direct sunlight all the time to have any real problem and even...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-10-2008, 07:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 836
Posted By mcd19
I also like Tropical fish hobbyist. Great...

I also like Tropical fish hobbyist. Great pictures, interesting articles and a column every month about planted tanks. Pretty good all around publication.:thumbsup:
Forum: Other Websites 09-10-2008, 07:10 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 30,624
Posted By mcd19
1136/8421 still working but 11318418 seems to be...

1136/8421 still working but 11318418 seems to be used up.
Forum: DIY 08-18-2008, 04:41 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 36,324
Posted By mcd19
Slow is good but real slow is not good. The fact...

Slow is good but real slow is not good. The fact of the matter is you need to move the water and CO2 efficiently through the reactor so that you don't get a buildup of CO2 gas at the top of the...
Forum: DIY 08-18-2008, 01:10 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 36,324
Posted By mcd19
I just don't think that a power head would move...

I just don't think that a power head would move enough water to properly work a reactor. The output line on a power head is the size of regular airline. Most reactors are running off 1/2" to 5/8"...
Forum: DIY 08-02-2008, 08:35 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 36,324
Posted By mcd19
Your right I forgot he was using a yeast setup. I...

Your right I forgot he was using a yeast setup. I guess if you are going to continuously run CO2 with a DIY CO2 system you will eventually have some buildup. It costs a little more money but going...
Forum: DIY 08-02-2008, 11:11 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 36,324
Posted By mcd19
I wouldn't concern my self with re-routing the...

I wouldn't concern my self with re-routing the bleed off line because if the reactor is built correctly, you will achieve almost 100% absorbtion with almost no CO2 buildup. I run my CO2 for 8 hours a...
Forum: DIY 07-30-2008, 01:52 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 36,324
Posted By mcd19
Both would work just fine. It must be a real pain...

Both would work just fine. It must be a real pain not being able to just walk into your local neighborhood hardware store and just pick up the parts you need. I guess I was lucky.
Forum: DIY 07-21-2008, 08:17 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 36,324
Posted By mcd19
The HD's in your area must really be terrible...

The HD's in your area must really be terrible because a 2" plug is a standard PVC fitting. You should be able to find it at any plumbing supply store. If not do a search on line and you will find PVC...
Forum: Tank Journals 07-19-2008, 08:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,810
Posted By mcd19
Trust me when I say that my plants grow like...

Trust me when I say that my plants grow like crazy. If I did not constantly prune my plants, especially the swords and micro swords, they would completely take over the tank. Also I see your point...
Forum: Tank Journals 07-19-2008, 05:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,810
Posted By mcd19
I decided to make some changes to my tank by...

I decided to make some changes to my tank by removing one plant, re-locating one and adding another. While they are small changes, in the long run I think the tank will look better. I removed a large...
Forum: DIY 07-18-2008, 02:18 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 36,324
Posted By mcd19
Thats how I did it and I haven't had any...

Thats how I did it and I haven't had any problems. I made sure to add a generous amount of PVC glue to both sides of the openings after I pulled through the 3/16" rigid tubing to make sure there was...
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