My new DIY reactor project

Discussion in 'Completed DIY Projects' started by DTL, 27 Jan 2013.

  1. DTL

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    Firstly I need to say this was inspired by Alastair's project, so thanks to him for inspiration and sourcing info.
    My filters are Eheims so I made some adjustments to allow for tubing diameter, etc. I also used some John Guest pieces which I have used in building calcium reactors back in my reef keeping days.
    Here are some pics:
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    This is what I used to seal the JG sockets. I've used it for years on aquarium projects without issue and it's much tougher than silicone adhesive
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    Almost finished, just need a valve for the air bleed socket on the top
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    It will be mounted through the side panel of my stand like this
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    I'm hoping to have the final pieces this week and will test it next weekend so I can monitor how things go.
     
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    Looking great, shame you didn't make the tube clear so you could see all the action inside it. Nice build :)
     
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    Bah, I spent ages looking for a plastic bush and ended up with a stainless one for a similar project. Where did you souce the reducing bushes from?
     
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    Reducing Bushes | | City Irrigation Ltd
     
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    Ta muchly.
     
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    Bit of an update - Got the reactor hooked up this weekend, and after a couple of false starts due to minor leaks, disassembled it and redid all the screw seals using my tube of Marine Goop. After 24 hours to let it cure and retested with no probs at all. Have adjusted my bubble count back by at least 30% and have a nice yellow /green indicator.

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    Plants are looking happy and seeing great pearling. Pic below

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  8. Alastair

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    Looks great mate. Very nicely done too.
     
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    Nice :)

    The bits that connect the co2 tubing to the reactor - what are they called and where did you find them?
     
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