Flow through CO2 Reactor
Good morning everyone,
I have another question as I try to tune in my parameters in my 55 gallon planted tank (Scruffily planted I must add as my aquascaping skills are pretty lax right now).
I have an aquamedic 1000 CO2 reactor that is run by an empty Fluval 204 filter. It puts out 180 gpm empty but that will be a little less with head and fitting losses. The Aquamedic says it requires 250 gpm to function properly, I am wondering if I am not efficiently utilizing my CO2. Should the bioballs in the reactor move? mine don't and I do get a build up of gas at the top by the time the CO2 injection period is over.
Should I look to increase the flow through the reactor? I figure I have 2 options there: 1. purchase a new external pump that I can run as a closed loop dedicated CO2 system. or 2. plumb it inline with my existing FX4 filter. The issue with option #2 is that the FX4 has 1" tubing and the reactor has 5/8" connections. I have found some 1" to 5/8" barbed reducer fittings that I can use to make the transition. I do not put the full flow of the FX4 into the tank as is so adding the reactor inline might be my best bet.
Just wanted to see what people thought!