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python gravel tube for reactor

ptyhon gravel tube with caps on both end for reactor? i have one laying around, i dont know what size the caps are though (i cant find it atm) would this work with me eheim 2213? forgive me if im rambling about a stupid idea im hungover.
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pythons have 5/8 tube 2213 uses 1/2 bu it could work... might leak though
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Alright! i will look for my python tube tommorow and see what i can do, thanks for the info.
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Are you considering doing this as an external reactor?? Internal I think it would be fine, but external I would highly discourage it. Those things are not intended to hold any type of pressure
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I would most likely be sealing it in some way or another. and yes, i was thinking of external.
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I would consider building my external CO2 reactor from PVC pipes and fittings as opposed to putting one together with Python parts. PVC pipes and fittings are designed to hold and handle water, and will make a more leak resistant reactor as opposed to the Python.

Pythons have been used to make very efficient internal CO2 reactors, but never an external reactor, at least to my knowledge.

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alright, i have a 10" or so scrap peice of pvc thats 3" diamater is this too big?
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So long as the water is being churned up in the PVC (add a few bioballs or similar), then I don't think the diameter should be a problem.
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I use python tube as my reactor, but mine is open at the bottom, sitting on a piece of sponge in the sump, works great. What I actually did was: I put a powerhead in the sump, the CO2 tube goes into the inlet of the power head. The power head drives the UV. The twists and turns in the UV dissolves a lot CO2 already before the UV output goes to the python tube.


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alright, im gonna use my pvc tubing, and possibly some legos? or would bio balls work better? ugh i gotta steal some from my SW tank...
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I used plastic practice golf balls. Seems to work alright. Cheap too.


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