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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 6:17 pm Post subject: Internal CO2 Reactor :: Which one to go for Reply with quote

 Hi,
 I  am  on  the  way  to  setup  a  4x2x2  Planted  tank.  Help  me  to  choose  a  good  internal  CO2  Reactor  which  can  be  connected  to  a  powerhead.  
 
 It  will  be  really  helpfull  if  you  can  write  a  small  review  of  the  product  you  are  using.  Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 6:50 pm Post subject: Re: Internal CO2 Reactor :: Which one to go for Reply with quote

 Hi  Tirtha
 
 I  am  using  a  Dymax  CO2  Reactor,  details  in  the  link  below
 
 http://www.aquaessentials.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=677
 
 Found  this  to  be  far  effective  than  the  regular  Cermaic  Diffuser  that  i  was  using.
 
 Advantages  that  i  found:
 
 1)  Effective  CO2  Diffusion  ....  Since  it  even  has  a  ceramic  diffuser.
 
 2)  Maintainance  Friendly  -  You  can  rip  it  apart  and  wash  the  pieces.
 
 Please  Note:  Would  not  recommend  using  this  with  DIY  CO2  as  it  takes  a  lot  of  pressure  to  pump  CO2  through  the  ceramic  diffuser  which  is  built  in.  i  was  using  this  with  a  DIY  CO2  setup,  it  took  nearly  a  week  before  i  could  see  CO2  coming  out.
 
 Hope  this  helps   Smile  
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 7:03 pm Post subject: Re: Internal CO2 Reactor :: Which one to go for Reply with quote

 Thanks  for  the  info  Seetha.  I  am  looking  for  a  reactor  for  a  pressurized  system.  Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 7:28 pm Post subject: Re: Internal CO2 Reactor :: Which one to go for Reply with quote

 Cool   Smile  
 
 Then  i  would  say  you  can  short-list  the  DYMAX  CO2  Reactor   Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 11:08 am Post subject: Re: Internal CO2 Reactor :: Which one to go for Reply with quote

 Tiratha,
 
 I  am  using  the  following  red  sea  reactor....the  effect  is  awesome....for  your  tank  you  could  use  two  of  them...
 
 see  details  here:
 
 http://www.tsunamiaquatic.com/catalog/item/2029343/3594871.htm
 
 And  tirtha,  sometime  ago  you  had  posted  a  query  about  a  drop  checker...
 
 I  am  using  the  following  and  it  is  really,  really  good...
 
 http://www.tsunamiaquatic.com/catalog/item/2029343/3595022.htm
 
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 2:15 pm Post subject: Re: Internal CO2 Reactor :: Which one to go for Reply with quote

 Very  useful  post  for  me,  too..
 
 Thanks  Tirtha  for  putting  up  this  post.
 
 I  am  using  a  Dymax  and  I  am  looking  for  a  better  option  if  available  within  reasonable  cost...
 
 The  red  sea  reactor,  can  it  be  used  with  a  PH?  I  think  this  is  an  external  reactor?  I  think  if  you  place  it  with  in  your  tank,  it  will  occupy  a  lot  of  space?  Any  way,  What  would  be  the  cost  and  how  to  procure  them?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 2:44 pm Post subject: Re: Internal CO2 Reactor :: Which one to go for Reply with quote

 Thanks  for  the  input  Anand.  Yesterday  I  also  checked  the  same  Red  Sea  Reactor  in  their  site  as  well  as  in  Youtube.  It  is  a  very  good  options  for  small  tanks,  but  I  doubt  how  effective  it  will  be  in  a  120G  tank.  
 
 So  I  have  decided  to  go  for  DYMAX  CO2  DIFFUSER  DF-102
 
 It  is  having  mixing  chamber  as  well  as  If  I  want,  I  can  remove  the  internal  plates  and  introduce  Bio  Balls.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 2:52 pm Post subject: Re: Internal CO2 Reactor :: Which one to go for Reply with quote

                                                   
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 I  can  remove  the  internal  plates  and  introduce  Bio  Balls.                

 
 Tirtha,
 Just  confirm  on  this  one.
 I  have  this  one  bought  last  year  from  aquarama  by  aditya  and  the  plates  cannot  be  removed.
 I  tried  a  bit  but  didnt  apply  too  much  force..  I  wasnt  in  the  mood  to  loose  it  Smile
 Maybe  the  plates  in  the  newer  models  cannot  be  removed.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 2:56 pm Post subject: Re: Internal CO2 Reactor :: Which one to go for Reply with quote

 I  am  using  DYMAX  CO2  DIFFUSER  DF-102,  isnt  there  a  better  reactor  arround  1k  price  tag?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 3:03 pm Post subject: Re: Internal CO2 Reactor :: Which one to go for Reply with quote

                                                   
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 I  can  remove  the  internal  plates  and  introduce  Bio  Balls.                

 
 Tirtha,
 Just  confirm  on  this  one.
 I  have  this  one  bought  last  year  from  aquarama  by  aditya  and  the  plates  cannot  be  removed.
 I  tried  a  bit  but  didnt  apply  too  much  force..  I  wasnt  in  the  mood  to  loose  it  Smile
 Maybe  the  plates  in  the  newer  models  cannot  be  removed.                

 
 Yessssss.......  now  I  can  remeber.  You  are  using  this  reactor  for  long  time.  Please  let  us  know  the  positive  and  negetive  of  this  reactor.  Will  wait  for  your  detailed  review.  Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 3:05 pm Post subject: Re: Internal CO2 Reactor :: Which one to go for Reply with quote

 Hi  Deb,
 
 Why  don't  you  try  what  Madan  Sir  has  done  with  his  external  reactor.
 
 I  remember  Bharani  also  doing  something  similar.
 
 You  want  to  splurge,  go  for  the  aquamedic.
 
 All  the  best
 
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 3:06 pm Post subject: Re: Internal CO2 Reactor :: Which one to go for Reply with quote

 Deba,
 
 This  is  an  internal  reactor  and  takes  very,  very  little  space...it  is  onlu  4  inch  X  2  inch  X  2  innch  in  size....it  is  hardly  noticeable  in  my  aquarium  and  it  is  effective..
 
 Tirtha  --  it  is  working  fine  in  my  90  gallon  tank...I  am  sure  because  I  am  also  monitoring  the  Co2  levels...but  for  a  120  gallon  tank  you  will  definitely  need  2...but  if  you  have  a  canister  like  eheim  which  takes  care  of  water  circulation  the  circulation  work  load  of  any  reactor  is  cut  down..
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 3:26 pm Post subject: Re: Internal CO2 Reactor :: Which one to go for Reply with quote

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 Yessssss.......  now  I  can  remeber.  You  are  using  this  reactor  for  long  time.  Please  let  us  know  the  positive  and  negetive  of  this  reactor.  Will  wait  for  your  detailed  review.  Smile                

 
 Honestly,
 I  couldnt  use  the  reactor  effectively.
 I  couldnt  get  a  connector  which  snuggly  fits  the  reactor  as  well  as  the  output  of  my  resun  internal  filter  Sad
 The  whole  connection  used  to  come  off  frequently  .There  were  couple  of  practical  problems  with  my  tank.
 The  co2  tubes  fits  straight  on  the  top  of  the  reactor.  My  tank  being  18"  tall  and  the  substrate  was  about  3-4".  To  top  it  all,  my  tank  has  supporting  braces.That  left  me  very  little  clearance  between  the  the  reactor  top  and  the  brace.
 I  had  to  force  in  the  tube  thru  the  corner  hole  of  the  brace  but  as  I  mentioned  it  wasnt  a  good  connection.
 It  looked  very  funny  too.
 Finally  I  got  fed  up  and  went  by  my  old  way  of  diffusing  through  power  filter.
 
 Secondly,
 Whatever  time  I  used  it,  I  wasnt  satisfied.
 The  atomic  diffuser  breaks  the  bubble  into  finer  bubbles  but  they  all  rise  and  stick  against  the  baffle  plates  .Many  such  finer  bubbles  join  each  other  to  form  a  big  bubble  again  and  stick  there  on  the  plates.It  would  eventually  rise  up  and  escape  somehow.
 I  couldnt  really  see  a  good  churning  of  the  bubbles.
 I  had  asked  about  this  here  and  Madan  recommended  rearranging  those  baffle  plates.
 But  mine  are  not  removable.
 So  I  had  no  choice  but  to  discard  the  use.
 Madan  has  used  it  and  he  finds  it  very  efficient   but  I  couldnt  use  it  well.
 
 Since  I  got  it  from  Singapore,  it  was  relatively  cheap  but  it  is  definetly  not  worth  the  price  in  India.
 I  would  seriously  recommend  you  to  go  DIY  way.
 
 
 PS:
 I  am  going  to  try  to  use  it  again  in  my  14g.
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 An  old  thread  for  your  reference
 http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=6140&highlight=dymax+df
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 Tirtha,  how  about  using  a  power  head,  you  get  a  real  nice  mist.
 
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