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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-09-2005, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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PleaseHelp: DIY co2 reactor

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I followed the instruction on:

https://www.plantedtank.net/co2reactor.html

everything is in place, except that with the gravel cleaner plugin, the overhead is actually dripping water...

what's wrong?? please help.


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Not clear what you mean by "overhead dripping water". You have the whole thing submersed, right? Connected to what kind of CO2 supplying setup?


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the overhead without gravel cleaner tube can push water down really strong. but as soon as I plug the tube in, it's as weak as 1 drop per second. I can see it dripping down the tube in the air chamber.

I have a DIY co2 bottle.


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Still confused I assume the overhead you mentioned is the powerhead. But then I am losing it on the "plugging in the tube" and "airchamber" part. The gravel vac needs to be filled with water, right? Then you turn on the power/overhead and water goes into the pump and out the bottom of the plastic tube. Once you got that part flowing, you start slowly slowly bubbling CO2 into the tube where it kind of dances around and gets dissolve that way.


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yes I meant powerhead... sorry!

ok I got it. I didn't fill up the tube with water...
I will try again tonight.

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I got it to work now.

I have a scale down version of https://www.plantedtank.net/co2reactor.html

I have Rio 50 and a mini gravel vaccum kit. both cost me less than $12. Because I have a small tank and a DIY co2 bottle it won't make sense to make a big CO2 reactor.


anyway, the problem was that the vaccum has a valve, so if water come from the top, the valve will close. that was why it's dripping... haha

I insert a tube to get that valve always open and voila... water comming down.

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You might want to remove that valve altogether so you don't have to add any additional restrictions. Just use some brute force and common sense to crack the flap and let things flow freely.


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good thinking

I'm gona do it tonight.
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i always use a flathead screwdriver and a couple of quick jabs at the hinges on the little valve, and POP!

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Orrrr, buy a hagen one, they have no valve at all.

I personally find that easier to use anyway as the valves always clog with leaves and somesuch.


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Like drops of fertiliser into the tank, so are the days of our CO2...
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