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Old 01-28-2013, 10:58 PM   #46
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Alright Bringing this Bad Boy back for a Third time, again help is needed. I have decided to start this up again. And i want to do it Right. Last time it just didn't go well so i just sort of quit. The first thing i would like to know is what is one of the best options for a DIY Diffuser? I don't want anything rediculously complicated but something that works well. I have contimplated hooking up the Airline tubing to one of my HOB filters and diffusing it that way.
A cigarette filter or disposable (wooden) chopstick is said to work wonders.
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:25 PM   #47
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A cigarette filter or disposable (wooden) chopstick is said to work wonders.
Really? i never thought cigarette filters would actually have a use! however my parents might question why theres a cigarette filter in my tank, and how i got it . I think i will go the chopstick route. how should i do that?
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That would work. Or you could just hook it to a ceramic diffuser or a limewood airstone,
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Really? i never thought cigarette filters would actually have a use! however my parents might question why theres a cigarette filter in my tank, and how i got it . I think i will go the chopstick route. how should i do that?
Just break off a little bit of the chopstick and shove it into the airline tubing.
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Just break off a little bit of the chopstick and shove it into the airline tubing.
I still don't get how that works. doesn't the pressure end up building and "shoot" the chopstick out the end?
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I still don't get how that works. doesn't the pressure end up building and "shoot" the chopstick out the end?
No, the pressure ends up building and shooting out the opposite end of it in tiny bubbles.
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No, the pressure ends up building and shooting out the opposite end of it in tiny bubbles.
Ohh i get it now, thanks!
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I'm Back! with more questions too... I FINALLY have time to do what i want with my tank, so i'm thinking about actually doing CO2 right now, i have checked with my local chinese place and they said i Have to be in store to get the chopsticks and they wont do it on delievery, i have no clue why.

I can do an HOB setup, i could do a canister setup, what do you guys think would be the best here? im interested in doing the HOB setup but im not adversed to any ideas you guys/gals have.
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If you don't mind the additional cost, go for a canister. It will be quieter, and with an adjustable filter return, you won't have to worry about CO2 off gassing as much.
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I agree, go with a canister if you can. There is a lot more options with canisters for co2 if you ever decide to purchase some kind of diffuser or reactor.
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I agree, go with a canister if you can. There is a lot more options with canisters for co2 if you ever decide to purchase some kind of diffuser or reactor.
Or make a reactor. ..
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Since i already have a canister (fluval 206) can i use that? may seem a bit of a basic question but i dont know... Anyways wheres the best place to start when doing that? put it into the intake and let it go through the canister?
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Since i already have a canister (fluval 206) can i use that? may seem a bit of a basic question but i dont know... Anyways wheres the best place to start when doing that? put it into the intake and let it go through the canister?
You can use the Fluval filter.

For a reactor, it is best to put it on the filter return side, so that detritus does not accumulate within the reactor.
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ISTA reactors are cheap and work really well IMO. You may have to change the tubing on the fluval if you are using the black stuff they come with.
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Ok, With the reactor setup, what is probably the best design you guys/gals have seen/used? i want something that i can build but im not truely adverse to purchasing one i guess, If i want to do it right it could come down to that. Im not the biggest fan of the soda bottles due to aesthetic reasons but i cuess i can somehow hide it, possibly within my stand
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