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Old 08-14-2003, 08:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I don't want to buy a box of bio balls only to use 4 for a reactor. Does anyone uses a different material to break down the co2 in the reactor?

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I don't want to buy a box of bio balls only to use 4 for a reactor. Does anyone uses a different material to break down the co2 in the reactor?

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You can use other biologic filtration material, like ceramic pieces, ephisustrate, etc... anuthings that retain the CO2 boubbles, even a piece of perlon fibers, if you have to pass a water current trought this pieces.

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A piece of AquaClear filter foam would work really well...provided the water is clean before passing through it.

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ah.. I was thinking of the same thing phil. Problem is, I am going to hook it on the inline of fluval 404.

I guess I should have mention that.
I didn't want to put it on the return pipe because it would reduce the flow rate of the return pipe..

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Edge,

Do yourself a favour and put it on the return side. I have mine on the intake and absolutely hate it.

Secondly spend $10 on a bag of Bioballs and you will not regret it.
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I made it a little narrow.. 1 1/2" pipe. going to have to get some smaller bio balls.

I thought bio balls usually comes in those $30+ boxes.

Does bigals have any 1/2" threaded 5/8" barb?

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In my reactor I have half of a kitchen scrubbie. It is open mesh and the bubbles break up really well as they swirl against it. I have also used nylon netting in my reactor, the fine nettting was too tight, and I got some larger mesh, but hae experimented with pond filter pad and now have returned to the scrubbie since the plants are so tall now that the color isn't an issue.
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I can tell you from personal experience not to use filter foam in a external reactor. Same thing goes with dish scrubber pads. Even on the output side they will eventually clog and cause you all kinds of grief. Just the gunk breaking loose from the bio-balls and tubing will cause them to clog.

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You can use what I call… Redneck Bio-Balls! Its actually shotgun shell wadding, it can be bought in gun shops for real cheap. I got the idea from somewhere in the depths of Thekrib.com

One of them that I got looks like this, but twice as big.



And also CPR Aquatic, Inc makes something called Bio-Bale It doesn’t look like it would clog, and its inexpensive.

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