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litesky 03-12-2004 12:26 AM

Red Sea Bio-Chem Canister Filter!
Hey guys,

Product Name: Merlin Plus 60 PowerChem Canister Filter by Red Sea

Not too sure if this will excite any of you but I found this canister filter at Petco for $23.

Original tag was about $99. I took a look at it inside and noticed that it was a clear canister and for some reason thought of CO2. Now i'm thinking of running this as a diffuser for CO2. Add some bio balls. It just might work. NOt too sure yet. Only pain is, it requires a powerhead to run. So mileage may vary for you guys. I found this deal at Petco in Lakeforest on El Toro off the Five freeway.

I'll post pictures of my future powerhead/reactor setup for all of you to see. Hope this helps some of you.

Product Info:


Lee's Protein Skimmer --> $9.99 (warning for newbies: dont' really need this in a planted tank)

Raul-7 03-12-2004 03:02 AM

That's not a canister, it's a fluidized bed which has a huge surface area for bacteria that are bathed in oxygen rich water. I don't think it will work as a C02 reacter, it may get clogged.

litesky 03-12-2004 09:01 AM

Yeah i figured it wasn't a canister filter, but what I wrote came straight from the box. For it to be a CO2 diffuser, I already know that I'm going to have to remove the filter media inside it. Then i'm adding bio-balls. I'm positive this will provide much more efficient result rather than just feeding a tube up a hangon filter pipe.'s not bad for 23 dollars now. And when i get an ocean tank in the future, I can always disconnect it and add the filter back in and use it for that tank.

Maybe my idea is all wrong, but I want to work with what I can get. I'll do my best to show that this can work as a reactor/diffuser setup.

Sir_BlackhOle 03-12-2004 10:16 AM

Sounds like a good idea to me :-)

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