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Questions about cerges reactor

Hi everyone,

I had two questions about cerges reactors:

1) Is there a standard tubing size for the inner pipe within the filter? I'm not sure what size pipe to buy

2) Should I be using cpvc or pvc for the tubing and valves? Does it matter?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!


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Doesn't really matter but the success of the reactor depends on lots of factors.

How much CO2 you're putting in, flow rate through reactor, size of PVC tube, size of filter housing itself, etc. I have found that the bigger the reactor is - the better. Just my personal experience. A larger tube to dissolve the CO2 means that bubbles are less likely to get pushed out because the flow will slow down through larger pipes.


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Thanks for your help klibs!

I have a couple of followup questions:

Does 1in inner diameter tubing work for the tubing at the center of the filter housing (where the filter would normally be).

Also, should filter housing be reversed? i.e. should the water flow into the "out" side and out of the "in" side.

Thanks again for your help!


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As far as the tube size, that may depend partly on the setup you buy. I just got one today and the thinner-walled (non-schedule 40) PVC fits over the inside part of the cap tightly.

And yes, in to out and out to in.


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Reversing the water flow depends greatly on the type of house filter you bought. Remember, the idea behind the reactor is to have the incoming water pounding the cO2 bubbles until they dissolve. With that said, the incoming water should come into the reactor chamber (outside of the center tube), then exit the reactor thru the bottom of the center tube and up thru the center point in the cap.


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