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CO2 reactor an DIY

I just built a reactor kind of the one that you guys have here. https://www.plantedtank.net/articles/DIY-CO2-Reactor/2/

Will it work with DIY, i have 2 apple juice bottles setup, and i also placed an airstone at the end of the CO2 line tip inside the reactor(saw it in another reactor tutorial). Should i remove the airstone or the yeast can build enough pressure to get the bubbles through the airstone?
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do i leave the airstone at the end of the co2 line inside the reactor?
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yes! Although I find they need replacing often... the CO2 seems to eat them up (must be the acidity of it) Anytime I clean my reactor and handle the airstone they disentigrate.

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yes! Although I find they need replacing often... the CO2 seems to eat them up (must be the acidity of it) Anytime I clean my reactor and handle the airstone they disentigrate.
my bubble counter is going crazy with all the bubbles, but i have not seen one bubble come out inside the tank
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perhaps you have a leak? did you try just placing the tubing in the tank, not hooked up to anything?

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i have not tried it but if i have a leak it would be making so many bubbles inside the bubble counter would it?
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Could be a leak in the reactor or after the bubble counter? I would get a DC though, no bubbles could be a good thing, might mean a lot of CO2 is dissolving.

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yeah but the bubbles can't dissolve inside the CO2 line after the bubble counter can it?
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I built the exact same thing, except with a Rio 400. I don't use the air stone as it gets totally destroyed after having the power head pound water on it 24/7. I just have my tube stuck inside with a 45 degree cut on the tube.

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do you have a two bottle setup? are you getting any bubbles inside the reactor? I also used a Rio 400, is yours as noisy as mines??


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I built the exact same thing, except with a Rio 400. I don't use the air stone as it gets totally destroyed after having the power head pound water on it 24/7. I just have my tube stuck inside with a 45 degree cut on the tube.
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do you have a two bottle setup? are you getting any bubbles inside the reactor? I also used a Rio 400, is yours as noisy as mines??

Had two bottles, now I have three. I always have some bubbles in the reactor. When I replace a bottle I get a big CO2 build up for about 12 hours or so, then it returns to normal. My system currently bubbles at 1bps. My Rio is quite, except when it air locks and starts to cavitate(which is bad). If you turning it off and on lots air bubbles get stuck inside it and get trapped. Try tipping it to one side, while still running to release the bubbles. I had this problem when I first hooked it up, its now been running for weeks with no problems.

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Had two bottles, now I have three. I always have some bubbles in the reactor. When I replace a bottle I get a big CO2 build up for about 12 hours or so, then it returns to normal. My system currently bubbles at 1bps. My Rio is quite, except when it air locks and starts to cavitate(which is bad). If you turning it off and on lots air bubbles get stuck inside it and get trapped. Try tipping it to one side, while still running to release the bubbles. I had this problem when I first hooked it up, its now been running for weeks with no problems.
mines makes a loud noise, not sure why. And it looks like i had a leak, maybe in the bubble counter. I removed the bubble conter, connected the line directly to the reactor, and now im getting lots of bubbles inside of it.
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