Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Skagit County, Washington State
CO2 tubing into the inline DIY Reactor
I have the rigid black tubing that aquabotanic sold me. On my first DIY reactor I had a hard time (impossible) finding a plastic 1/8 barbed by 1/2 MPT. Not knowing any better, I finally found a 1/8 barbed brass one and had to buy a 1/4 to 1/2 brass reducer too. Now, I have read that brass has copper and lead in it and that I should avoid its use, although I haven't ever lost any inverts or fish (or plants) that I know of. The amano shrimp are fine when they show up. Just the same, are there any other options here? Can I just drill a hole and silicone or epoxy this tubing in place. That would be cheaper and stay in the KISS routine?
Another option is to use the more flexible stuff Aquar. Plants sold me, but it seems of less durability. And I already paid for some nice (and very small) clippard check valves which fit nice and tight into the AB hose just fine but feel too loose on Aquarium Plants' soft CO2 hose. Can this AB hose slip over a 1/4 barb x 1/2 MPT (white plastic type) if I heat the hose in near boiling water? Any other suggestions? Thanks! bob
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Last edited by Betowess; 03-08-2005 at 02:51 PM.