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Old 12-29-2003, 01:43 PM   #16
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If I cant find a threaded nipple that fits the 3/16 airline tubing and will thread into my reactor, I will either make an adapter or put a plug in that hole and drill it to fit a nipple I can find....
well i was also thinking today that after Christmas i will go to the home brew store. they would probably have bigger co2 tubing there that would fit the 1/4" barb. it shouldn't be a problem to modify my bubble counter design to accomodate the larger tubing.

i guess i have to go back to the specialty plastics store as well :evil: . my rena xp3 _finally_ arrived on the weekend. the 5/8" tubing that comes with it fits the 1/2" barbs on my reactor a liitle too loosely. i'll replace them with 3/4" barbs instead, then heat the tubing/use some vaseline to get the 5/8" tubing to fit. as roger miller said on the aquabotanic forum a while ago, it's best to have the barbs a size too big than a size too small.

thanks for the comment malkore. your idea would be another alternative to the airline connector idea shown here:

http://aquabotanicwetthumb.infopop.c...p;m=9556098022

and malkore, re your comment about the co2 tubing slipping off... wouldn't _that_ be a nice Christmas present to wake up to :lol:

season's greetings all,

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Jart,

Went to the local Home Depot on saturday, found a brass adaptor and brass connector that has a 3/16" barb. Works great... I will post some pics soon....

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Old 12-31-2003, 11:23 PM   #17
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Jart,

Here is a pic...
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Brass?? I hope this doesn't come into contact with the water, or it could be "Goodbye Shrimps". I read that brass contains copper, which isn't good to have in your water, unless you want to kill snails.

I just built two surprisingly similar reactors :mrgreen: and I simply glued the checkvalve into a hole drilled into the upper elbow, like you have the brass thing. Not running yet, glue still smelly...
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Old 01-01-2004, 01:39 AM   #19
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I just drilled an 11/64th hole and pulled the tubing through. Nice tight seal.
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Wellbiz, can you get a closer pic of that brass fitting?
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Brass?? I hope this doesn't come into contact with the water, or it could be "Goodbye Shrimps". I read that brass contains copper, which isn't good to have in your water, unless you want to kill snails.

I just built two surprisingly similar reactors :mrgreen: and I simply glued the checkvalve into a hole drilled into the upper elbow, like you have the brass thing. Not running yet, glue still smelly...
I was waiting for that... hehehehe...I am still on the lookout for a PCV or plastic fitting... Water contact on this fitting is so minimal that I dont think my shrimp have anything to worry about.

Of course I will monitor the tank parameters and fish/shrimp/snail health to see what happens. Yes brass does contain copper. Just not enough surface area to cause an issue IMO... Seeing how the water that I fill the tank with runs through hundereds of feet if not miles of copper pipe before it comes out of my tap, as I am sure most peoples do I dont think my little fitting is a issue ..... But I agree it is worth monitoring...

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Wellbiz, can you get a closer pic of that brass fitting?
Ask and ye shall recieve.... The brass nipple screws into the brass adaptor which screws into the PVC elbow... Yes, you are seeing a little aquarium silicone on the connection for the C02 tubing, as a little percausion to prevent leaks... Not that it is going anywhere. I had trial fit everything before final assembly and had to cut that C02 tubing off to get it apart... Tight fit!!!! :shock:


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Cool. I just needed to get a clearer picture of it before I went out looking for one...

Did you check with www.USPlastic.com?
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Cool. I just needed to get a clearer picture of it before I went out looking for one...

Did you check with www.USPlastic.com?
Just there website, I suppose I could call or email them. 3/16 fittings are just hard to come by, not to mention I settled on brass for the increased strength and the local Home Depot had them in stock . I was worried something that small in plastic might not be strong enough... But I am not an engineer, so I am probably just paranoid :x

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If I come accross some, I'll let ya know. Happy 2004-It's income tax time!
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I have never built a reactor, so I am no expert at all. has anyone considered using a Venturi valve?

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One purpose of DIY is to save money... Drilling a hole into a 19 cent elbow vs buying a $18 + s&h venturi valve... I would probably go with the former :mrgreen:
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I agree with wasser... I am trying to save money and I like to tinker around with projects like this... However the venturi valve is a good idea.

At this point my reactor works flawlessly and I have under $30 into it....


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This is what I bought for 2 reactors:

$4.80 for 8 reducers (1.5->1, 1->0.5")
$2.40 for 4 slip couplings 1.5"
$3 for a 1.5" PVC pipe
$.75 for a 0.5" PVC pipe
$.80 for 4 elbows 1/2"
$1.75 for PVC cement

I also used some 5/8 ID tubing, which costs $6 for 10 ft.

So that's about $10 per reactor.

At my first attempt the thing was leaking... I overestimated the powers of PVC cement. Re-glued it, and now it seems to be good. It's a little scary... if something should go wrong, the entire tank will drain. I should drill a little safety hole into the inlet of the filter...
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It's a little scary... if something should go wrong, the entire tank will drain
There you have it! That is why I am not a DIY guy! I live in apartment, above my workplace. If I had a leaking problem I would be DEAD!!!

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