03-24-2010, 07:52 PM
Join Date: Mar 2010
| | Re: Tiny super efficient CO2 reactor
Originally Posted by newguy
funny you wrote that niko, i was just going to post the same. There is 1 major problem with this reactor - the noise. It is driving me insane, the constant, never ending click..click...click sound.
I have the reactor surrounded with soft sponge and it didnt help much, not sure what else to do...
Other than that, i like this reactor a lot, it fits perfectly in one of the back chambers of my biocube, also helps pull water up from the lower intake grills. I dont see any co2 bubbles reaching the surface so dissolving rate should be close to 100%, just the noise...the constant never ending click click click!
The glass diffusers are never an option for me, they always get dirty after a while, not to mention blowing bubbles all over the tank destroying its "waterless" crystal clear look, also not that efficient.
Other power reactors are either too big, or i cant find a good way to secure the co2 tube properly.
The best option of course is the inline co2 reactor that uses counter-current for guaranteed 100% co2 absorption, not to mention completely silent and does not take up tank real estate. But that's not an option for me since I have a biocube and doesnt have a canister filter.
Anyway long story short (i know too late!), still using the elite diy reactor as it is the best option for me, but the noise is really annoying.
I also have a 29-gallon Biocube and I'm thinking about trying Niko's reactor design. Currently, my tank is plagued with thousands of microbubbles that are ruining the clarity of the tank. Not sure if all of these are from the CO2 ceramic diffuser or a combination of the diffuser and plant pearling.
One question though. How exactly do you reduce the noise newguy is talking about? I understand an airstone is involved, but where does it go and does it negatively impact the reactor's performance?