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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-16-2011, 02:25 AM Thread Starter
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Phosban 150 co2 reactor?

So someone just gave me a phosban 150 and I was wondering if anyone had any ideas how to turn it into a CO2 reactor. I have a fluval 205 so I can connect it to the output and will be running pressurized CO2. I got some bioballs to put in it but don't know if they are needed. I would like to try to do it without drilling into the phosban but if thats the only way I will. Any advice/direction would be appreciated
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Neat!

Here are the operating instructions. It is meant to be opened to install media so you can put bioballs in if you choose to do so.
http://www.twolittlefishies.com/docu...1202405781.pdf

I don't know if such a thing exists but if you found a T with barbs all around, two fitting the filter hose and the other 1/4" for a CO2 line you could install the T between the canister and reactor and put the CO2 line on and be done - along with firmly fastened hose clamps all around and a good quality check valve on the CO2 line.


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Ehh just put some purigen in there and enjoy the clarity :P
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I will be using it as a CO2 reactor, as in running co2 into it to be dissolved, not as a chemical reactor. Kathhy thats kind of what I was thinking. I bought some parts and once its built Ill post some pictures
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I like this! Can't wait to see what you come up with.


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Ill get a better picture later but you can see the general idea. I filled the phosban reactor half full with bioballs first then added the tubing. First I bought about 3 ft of 1/2" clear tubing. I put the tubing on my filter output and attached the other end to a 1/2" barbed T fitting so the water is flowing through the straight part of the T. Another piece of tubing is attached from the T to the input of the phosban reactor. The original filter tubing was then put from the output of the phosban reactor going back into the tank. To get the co2 into the reactor I have the co2 tubing from my regulator needle valve going into one of those cheap plastic check valves from walmart. This check valve was a perfect tight fit into about a 3 inch piece of the 1/2" tubing. I then put another 1/8" co2 tubing piece onto the output of the check valve and put it into the T valve so I could make sure the bubbles got into the water flowing through it. Finally the 1/2" tubing was put over the last T opening. I will try to have some better pictures and details on setup later. So far everything seems to be working great with no leaks (knock on wood) and all the co2 is being dissolved in the reactor.
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Thanks for the update. Looks nice and clean.

Put a good check valve on your Christmas list and hose clamps are a good idea as well.


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hose clamps are on. Nice bubble counter and check valve is next
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I'm still having issues with small co2 bubbles being spewed into the tank and an occasional "burp" if you will of bigger bubbles. Any idea how I can dissolve the co2 better before it enters the tank? If I fill the reactor all the way with bioballs will that help?
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I'm still having issues with small co2 bubbles being spewed into the tank and an occasional "burp" if you will of bigger bubbles. Any idea how I can dissolve the co2 better before it enters the tank? If I fill the reactor all the way with bioballs will that help?
I kno it a old post but where the result any good for a co2 reactor or did u figure out the burp

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