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Question about running Hydor + Reactor inline

Id just like to verify the proper way to install my hydor heater and DIY reactor inline to my ViaAqua 750 cannister.
If there are any faults in the trail of where the tubing should go or which unit after which please let me know.
Just want to be sure before i start cutting up any tubing, thanks guys

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Looks good to me. You'll have to see how much the two inliners reduce the flow. Each elbow/90/180 degree turn eats away on the flow due to turbulences.


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Looks good to me. You'll have to see how much the two inliners reduce the flow. Each elbow/90/180 degree turn eats away on the flow due to turbulences.
Im hoping it does reduce the flow as its a ViaAqua750 going to be running just a 48g tank
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I would put the reactor first so that you get top -> bottom flow followed by a SHORT tube with the heater inline on the way back up to the tank. This keeps the length of tube and potential leak points to a minimum. If you would like to slow the flow somewhat (like <20% less) put a ball valve on the top of the reactor.

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I would put the reactor first so that you get top -> bottom flow followed by a SHORT tube with the heater inline on the way back up to the tank. This keeps the length of tube and potential leak points to a minimum. If you would like to slow the flow somewhat (like <20% less) put a ball valve on the top of the reactor.
Youre absolutely correct, this method worked much better and is what i ended up doing. Too bad the reactor has a leak and i now have to make another
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If its a tiny leak, it might heal itself after a little time. I have it reactor first followed by Hydor. I've had no problems so far, driven by an XP3.





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I think I might be a bit careful about adding a ball valve to that system to slow down the filter flow. I am not sure how much back pressure the Via Aqua can handle. I would do it on an Eheim or a Rena possibly, but I am not sure the Via Aqua can handle it. Too much and it could cause the filter to leak.

A safer way to reduce the flow would be to increase the size of the tubing after the heater as the water returns to the aquarium. Like going from 1/2" to 5/8". That will slow down the flow as it enters the aquarium and cause no back pressure on the filter.

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