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Old 11-04-2004, 11:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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For those of you looking for DIY reactor plans, here is the parts list (should be self explainatory) for the many reactors that I have built.

Most of the parts can be found at Home Depot. I got some items at www.mcmaster.com such as the 3/4" barbs and clear tubing. The airline fitting and bioballs can be found at your LFS.
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Instead of using bio balls, could you use another filler inside like whiffle-type balls? I have those handy Also, how big of an aquarium is this reactor good for? Thanks for putting the plans up.
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Not sure about the wiffle balls. The bio balls are just there for turbulence.

Not sure how big of a tank this is good for, but I would easily feel comfortable with it on a 100-150g tank...give that it can easily load up a 30g with CO2 without even blinking.

You could always make the clear section longer than 8" if you really want to.
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Great post, thanks for putting it up and making a sticky of it.
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I assume the water input is at "J" with the "J" end placed at the top when the reactor is positioned vertically?
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Water input is at A and exits at J. water comes in the top and out the bottom.

The reactor goes vertical.
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I have to say that is the nicest DIY reactor i've ever seen! I was wondering if you place it on the intake side of the filter or the exhaust? (sounds like intake... but i just wanna be sure)
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I place mine on the output side of my canister.

Glad you like it
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That looks like a great reactor. I am currently planning my own DIY Co2 system and that reactor looks pretty simple to build. Do you use it with home made Co2 (yeast, sugar, water) or a Co2 tank.
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Murphy, it won't make a difference what you use as your source for C02.
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