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Old 02-08-2013, 04:37 PM   #11 (permalink)
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OK, I went back to Home Depot and here is what I came up with. I have a couple things still to figure out and the main section (which is 4" pvc) will need to be cut down to fit under my stand. Does it look OK? Anyone see any potential issues?
I prefer having the water enter right at the tip of the cone as opposed to that setup. The base of mine I wanted flat mainly so that it would make exiting more difficult since its not coned and directing water out. The other benefit is that it stand on its own.



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I prefer having the water enter right at the tip of the cone as opposed to that setup. The base of mine I wanted flat mainly so that it would make exiting more difficult since its not coned and directing water out. The other benefit is that it stand on its own.

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Unfortunately some cencessions will need to be made to make it fit with my set up. For example the output on the bottom will be a short 3/4" pvc pipe that will run directly into my inline heater. Even it might not be ideal I am hopefully be much better than what I have now. Do you see anything that will prevent it from functioning properly? Also, where would you suggest injecting the co2? Would it be OK to inject it before the elbow on the top?
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I have a Rex Reactor that was 2" and 2' long. The problem I had with it, since I had to run the co2 so high it would stop water flow. I had my return line split to lower the water flow into the reactor. After a couple months I noticed that there was no water going into it. So I decided to build a Creges Reactor and I'm getting huge co2 bubbles. I did add media balls to it to help breakdown the co2 but that doesn't seem to be working. I do have a 90g with a sump tank and my return pump pushes 900gph.
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That will work but you will need to make a metal bracket to keep it from falling down. I prefer the flat bottom design. If you have the right size drill and pipe tap, then you can make yours like mrkookm's. Now the only concern I have is his use of brass fittings for water supply and CO2 injection. I thought brass fittings were a no-no for aquariums. Brass fittings; would they not release copper ions.

I used a jaco elbow for my CO2 injection and a straight push-on fitting for my bubble counter. These fittings can be purchased at US Plastics. The water input and output connections are pvc.

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