Well - im not in the US, and if i told the cost of pvc and fittings, you wouldnt believe me.
Is i said - i got everything but the inline pump, and thats the only thing that will cost me money - about 20$ ( a piece of PVC pipe will cost me - hold on - twice that much!)
But whats wrong with the setup here? -
- as I see it:
The water and CO2 will come into the inline-pump, the CO2 will get blown to microbubbles, and then the water and CO2 bubbles enters the reactor and the turbulence will make much of the CO2 dissolve in the water. Then its lead into the tank.
If there is excess gas, it will get sucked into the inline-pump and dissolved.
Am i completely wrong here?
Why wont it work?
Just bear over with me - we dont have access to hardwarestores in denmark, that sells more that cheap nails and lousy screwdrivers, toilets and cheasy grills! Private people just cant go into a hardwarestore, and get all the accessories for a DIY project, cause all the stuff you need, is not in sale. Thouse things can only be bought by companies, directly from the importer. Remember that Denmark is a small country with only 5.1 mio citizens. Regular stores cant afford to keep a brought selection of hardware.
Thats why I got to work with what i got, and make the best of it. I got a total selection of 4 (FOUR!!!) reactors from every LFS in denmark, including the hagen ladder!, and if i order something from outside EU - i got to pay min. 10% in customs duty and 25% in VAT + shipping.
DIY is not just a choice her - its a necessity for having a proper planted tank!