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Sponge Filter CO2 Reactor?

Wondering if this will work. Attach an external CO2 reactor onto a sponge filter outflow. Instead of using a power head, I use an air powered sponge filter. Will the air from the sponge filter render the CO2 useless? I am choosing to add it onto the sponge filter because I am setting up multiple tanks. I am trying to save wattage, by not having a powerhead. I kinda goofed this whole thing up. I should have gotten one canister filter that dispersed into all tanks and add the external co2 reactor to that. Anyway I can make the current setup work?
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Very likely this will not work - if I am understanding you correctly.
The water going up the tube on a sponge filter is drawn up by the air bubbles. But, if I understand your intentions, the "tube" of the sponge filter will be routed up and over the top of the tank, then down to the reactor. If that is correct, there is no place for the air bubbles to rise to as they are sealed in to tube. If you were to release the air just after the water makes it over the top of the tank, the water "may" flow down the tube to the reactor, but then has no reason to go back up to the tank.

Sorry, don't think a reactor run by sponge filters will be possible.


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Very likely this will not work - if I am understanding you correctly.
The water going up the tube on a sponge filter is drawn up by the air bubbles. But, if I understand your intentions, the "tube" of the sponge filter will be routed up and over the top of the tank, then down to the reactor. If that is correct, there is no place for the air bubbles to rise to as they are sealed in to tube. If you were to release the air just after the water makes it over the top of the tank, the water "may" flow down the tube to the reactor, but then has no reason to go back up to the tank.

Sorry, don't think a reactor run by sponge filters will be possible.
Don't know what you mean routed up and over the tank. Use the insta co2 reactor for example. Directly attach the sponge filter outflow into the insta co2 reactor. The flow from the sponge filter will start the impeller and any air will be chopped up and flow through the tank
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Best I could do:


The filter (You can bend the nozzel and sponge vertically or horizontally

http://img.frbiz.com/pic/z19a295a-0x...er_xy_2831.jpg

Since both air and CO2 are being pumped into the sponge filter. Am I losing CO2 with this setup? When all hooked up, the bubble counter is now a stream of microbubbles.
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