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Where can I get a good CO2 reactor? The only one I can find is at Drs Foster and I would rather not order it from them.

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For what its worth, I have had only good esperiences with Foster's. Orders are always delivered in 2-3 days, excelent prices, etc.

I am always up fpr supporting smaller buisnesses though:)

You could DIY. There are lots of plans and it is a pretty easy project:)
 

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Thanx everyone!

IUknown: I went to aquatic-store and I like the reactor for $19.99. I just emailed them to make sure it is made for external use inline with a canister filter.

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For 10$ and a trip to lowe's you make one. See the DFW or the GWAPS plant group's site and under articles etc.
They are externals DIY.

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Tom Barr
 

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The only thing I hate about DIY, at least the one I made was the nipple attachment for the Co2. I never found a good DIY part and so I ended up using glue and it was always leaking on me.
 

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That is what I am conserned with, leaking!
 

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IUnknown said:
The only thing I hate about DIY, at least the one I made was the nipple attachment for the Co2. I never found a good DIY part and so I ended up using glue and it was always leaking on me.
I drill a hole a little smaller than the CO2 tubing. Then I pull the tubing through for a tight and leak-proof seal. I've built over 20 of them over the past year for people locally and not a single one has leaked. (Maybe they're not telling me? :mrgreen:) To make it even less likely to leak, drill the hole through the top of the reactor, NOT the side. That way, water is pulled AWAY from the connection.

Pulling/pushing the tubing through would be much easier if you were to cut the tubing end on a bias (slanted cut).

The Basic Plan: Ghazanfar Ghori
http://www.aquaticscape.com/articles/co2reactor.htm

One example: Rex Grigg (note CO2 line through top of reactor)
http://rexgrigg.com/reactor1.jpg

Another example: James Hoftiezer (use of small barb from www.usplastics.com)
http://www.hoftiezer.net/personal/aquaria/aquaria_construction_co2reactor.htm
 

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When I built mine I had no problem finding a 1/8" hose barb at Lowes.
I had to get a 1/2"-1/4" reducer fitting to get it connected to the 1/2" PVC
elbow. Of course the use of brass fittings will increase the cost above $10.
 
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