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Need co2 reactor help!

I have a co2 reactor that recently failed on me, How can i connect silicon airline tubing to a hole drilled in the side of the reactor? Is it just a ton of silicon? or is there a better way?
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drill a hole to fit a barb.

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drill a hole to fit a barb.
I know i need a barb, but i have no idea how to attatch it to the curved PVC pipe
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why curved PVC? just drill a hole and insert the barb there. if you really want to make sure it will not get out, put some epoxi around it.
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why curved PVC? just drill a hole and insert the barb there. if you really want to make sure it will not get out, put some epoxi around it.
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By curved i mean the side of the pipe, and the only fitting that are small enough for airline tubing are made of brass at my hardware store.
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yep, then take the one that fits, drill a hole slitly smaller than the fitting, stick the fitting there and apply some epoxi around it

btw, you can check you local LFS to see if they have a metal/brase airtube connector, in case the fitting from hardware store is too big.

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I use a NextReef Reactor for my CO2. I have a 300gph pump going into it and I attatch the tubing to the nipple on the incoming water flow for the pump or powerhead. That pushes the CO2 into the impeller (I did run a special impeller for dispersing the air, but went back to high flow) and then into the Reactor. I put Purigen and Chemi Elite Pro into the reactor also and the CO2 has to flow through all that before going back into my sump. NO Air bubbles ever. What is not soaked into the water stays in the top of the reactor till it soaks into the water. After reading all the threads covering DIY, and other approaches this seemed to be the easiest way, and it worked awesome. Love not seeing one bubble in my water.
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