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Inline heater with CO2 reactor?

Anybody tried to combine an inline heater with CO2 reactor? I am annoyed at all this extra plumbing I have to do between these.

Anyone?
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do you mean has anyone used an inline heater AS a co2 reactor?

or has anyone had a heater and a co2 reactor on the same return line?
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I was actually thinking about this a long time ago. A diy external inline heater as well as co2 being injected into it seems like a good idea to me. I have never tried it though due to time restrictions
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i've got an inline heater and was going to put a co2 reactor after it, but now i may try to just inject co2 into the line before the heater...
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Its been done, but I don't have a link at hand. Try searching the DIY forum.


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https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/di...housing-2.html


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Here is one that I will be making. Just waiting for parts from Rex:

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An Eheim heater will fit into a Watertight Cordgrip at the top. I will be running these inline with on my 65G and 11G via an Eheim 2028 and 2213.

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Its been done, but I don't have a link at hand. Try searching the DIY forum.

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https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/di...housing-2.html
Thanks for the pointer! The same topic indeed!
Yet there is no definitive HOWTO with pictures on putting a CO2 reactor with an inline heater. My observations from reading the above thread:
  • Silicon will fail after a while as it does not adhere to PVC
  • Heater better be installed in the bottom because the top is likely to contain a CO2 bubble.
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X2 on putting the heater on the bottom of the reactor.

I do have some Hydor Inlines with a reactor, but are you looking at an all in one combo? I'd be afraid of an "air" pocket.



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Nice setups, but I think he is referring to something like this, but with CO2 going into it as a reactor:

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/di...eater-56k.html

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I definitely think that the heater should not be at the top. The air pocket would cause a lot of problems with the heater.

I don't have any experience with the heyco parts, has anyone tested them upside down? If you had water flowing down towards the heyco cordgrip, would it leak?

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As long as the heater is plumbed for top to bottom flow, and the filter/pump is strong enough to prevent air pockets, I don't see why this would not work.


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Nice setups, but I think he is referring to something like this, but with CO2 going into it as a reactor:

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/di...eater-56k.html
I figured he was referring to what you linked, I still say the other way is easier....DC

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The heyco cord grips work very well... I recently did an experiment using a pvc plug and the heater sized cord grips. I pressurized a chamber of air that had a cord grip attatched.. Pvc plug in end of it with lumber keeping it from blowing out. I pumped the chamber to 65PSI. No air leaks for a few hours.

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