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Old 05-04-2013, 07:31 PM   #46
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I actually did this with 12oz jars. I used silicone to stick everything together. I had some trouble getting the lids (i used the bell plastic storage lids) airtight and now I see that I could have just gone to the grocery store and gotten bottles like Hilde did. Oh well. I'm just using the Hagen bubble ladder for now and I'm already noticing significant growth over the past few days!
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Old 05-07-2013, 11:02 PM   #47
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Is it possible to just put a diffuser or air stone at the end of the line instead of running the into a reactor?

I have diffuser like this 1.

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I know from good experience that it takes the better part of a week for a new one to really kick in, and they slow down enough to be pulled at ~3.5 weeks.
Does that meen it will about for the co2 to come out?

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Old 05-08-2013, 12:19 AM   #48
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Is it possible to just put a diffuser or air stone at the end of the line instead of running the into a reactor?
of course. but that can't be shut off at night like a powerhead.

*update: actually, I have no idea how much pressure it takes to run a diffuser like that. if it is like an airstone, no problem. if it is much more than that, it might pop the stopper tops on a system like mine. you said you are using stoppers too, so you might need to experiment a little. good luck.

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Old 05-09-2013, 01:09 AM   #49
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Could a Rio Plus Aqua Power Head Pump be used as the reactor?
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well my experiment was a complete failure. theres just not enough pressure to connect five jars and have them flow into one line down the bubble ladder =/ using check valves so co2 from one jar couldnt get into another didn't work at all.
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Could a Rio Plus Aqua Power Head Pump be used as the reactor?
I'm not familiar with that pump Hilde, but if you can run an airline into the inlet, it can work. I use Maxi-Jets and run the airline right into the prefilter strainer. The pump shreds the CO2 bubbles by day and they float harmlessly to the surface by night.
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well my experiment was a complete failure. theres just not enough pressure to connect five jars and have them flow into one line down the bubble ladder =/ using check valves so co2 from one jar couldnt get into another didn't work at all.
Can you share a photo? Why do you have check valves on each jar? Don't worry about CO2 going from jar to jar, they will all build up the same pressure anyway. Possibly all those check valves could be creating resistance? Have you leak-checked your system? A water spray bottle with a little soapy water identifies the leaks real quick.
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I am thinking of doing this set up with 2 or 3 bottles with the air locks and a diffuser at the end. For I have a working pump and my powerhead I am uncertain if it is operational.


Perhaps this would help you Wayne Dwops
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OMG, just poured myself the first batch of cider ... wow! It's not bad at all! Now all I need to do is seal all the leaks so the CO2 reaches the wine... lol!
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I am thinking of doing this set up with 2 or 3 bottles with the air locks and a diffuser at the end. For I have a working pump and my powerhead I am uncertain if it is operational.


Perhaps this would help you Wayne Dwops
Please let me know how it goes. I have a similar setup now, except that I am not mixing them atm
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Please let me know how it goes. I have a similar setup now, except that I am not mixing them atm
Got a thread on it? If not make 1 please.
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Hilde, so do you have that air pump running continuously into the tank with the CO2 slowly bleeding into the same line? How is that working? I would think the air would quickly blow off any CO2 you make before it gets a chance to accumulate.

Darth, I'm glad you got something you like! Did you post your recipe?
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Hilde, so do you have that air pump running continuously into the tank with the CO2 slowly bleeding into the same line?
Haven't got it set up yet. Been having problems with allergies. Idea is to set 3 bottle as you have. The pump will be set up to the 1 furthest from the tank. Will plug into the timer for the lights.
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Darth, I'm glad you got something you like! Did you post your recipe?
I followed your recipe actually. I just threw in a can of frozen apple juice instead. It came out nice and sweet. It tastes even better chilled.
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Hilde, I understand now. My only worry is that when the pump is off the CO2 might flow back into the pump rather than into the tank, depending on which route offers least resistance. A check valve might help; I have yet to find one that works or at least works for very long.

Darth, good to know that it works with AJ too! I'll have to try that!
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