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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 2:53 am Post subject: Dymax CO2 Reactor Problem Reply with quote

 Hi  All,
 Recently  I  purchased  Dymax  CO2  101  Reactor  for  my  tank,
 I  attached  it  to  my  DIY  CO2  Line(2  pet  bottles)  and  to  a  power  head  but  its  not  working  not  even  a  single  bubble  is  coming  out  of  diffuser  even  after  two  days,
 First  I  thought  their  might  be  a  problem  with  Diffuser  so  I  took  it  and  tried  it  at  my  friends  tank  who  has  pressurized  CO2
 it  is  working  very  fine  there.
 Second  I  tried  with  my  DIY  Reactor  in  my  tank  with  the  same  pet  bottles  CO2  release  is  excellent.
 What  is  the  problem  iam  unable  to  catch,
 Please  Help...
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 5:56 am Post subject: Re: Dymax CO2 Reactor Problem Reply with quote

 Possibly  the  pressure  needed  is  too  much  for  the  DIY  to  handle.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 8:39 am Post subject: Re: Dymax CO2 Reactor Problem Reply with quote

 Please  remove  the  reactor  from  your  DIY  CO2  setup.  If  not,  my  guess  would  be  that  your  reactor  bottle  will  blow  and  throw  out  the  goo  all  over  the  place,  prompting  your  wife  /  parents  to  throw  you  out  of  the  house.
 
 Reactors  are  meant  for  pressurized  CO2  systems  which  provide  a  steady  flow  unlike  DIY  setups.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 11:16 am Post subject: Re: Dymax CO2 Reactor Problem Reply with quote

 Dont  think  the  reactor  will  work  with  your  DIY  Co2  because  the  pressure  built  up  in  this  system  is  very  limited  and  not  very  constant......go  for  a  co2  cylinder  and  it  will  do  wonders  for  your  tank..........  Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 11:17 am Post subject: Re: Dymax CO2 Reactor Problem Reply with quote

 The  Ceramic  Shaft  built  into  the  Dymax  Reactor  needs  a  lot  of  pressure  to  push  CO2  through  it,  Suraj  is  right  ...  these  are  meant  for  Pressurized  CO2  setups.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 1:47 pm Post subject: Re: Dymax CO2 Reactor Problem Reply with quote

 Did  you  try  pressing  the  bottles?  just  to  check  if  the  CO2  can  be  forced  into  the  reactor  by  the  bottles  pressure.
 
 TWO  days  is  too  much,  your  bottle  must  have  blasted  happily.
 Since  it  hasnt  exploded  there  may  be  two  issues:
 1.  A  leak  in  your  DIY  CO2-  (your  DIY  reactor  might  still  work,  because  it  dosent  require  high  pressure)
 2.  The  CO2  is  dissolving  very  rapidly.
 
 What  have  you  used  to  glue  the  airline  to  the  bottles?
 How  about  a  photo  of  your  setup?
 
 One  of  my  friend  did  get  effective  result  with  DIY  CO2  as  against  his  DYMAX  reactor.  He  is  now  into  pressurized  though.
 
 Goodluck.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 1:54 pm Post subject: Re: Dymax CO2 Reactor Problem Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 IME,  An  DYMAX  CO2  reactor,  with  or  w/o  pressurized  setup,  works  at  it's  best  w/o  the  CERAMIC  DIFFUSER.  break  it  off  by  snapping  it.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 1:59 pm Post subject: Re: Dymax CO2 Reactor Problem Reply with quote

                                                   
Aquadeep  wrote  (View  Post):                
Hi,
 
 IME,  An  DYMAX  CO2  reactor,  with  or  w/o  pressurized  setup,  works  at  it's  best  w/o  the  CERAMIC  DIFFUSER.  break  it  off  by  snapping  it.
               

 
 You  mean  to  say  snapping  off  the  atomizer  itself??
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 5:08 pm Post subject: Re: Dymax CO2 Reactor Problem Reply with quote

 Precisely.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 8:15 pm Post subject: Re: Dymax CO2 Reactor Problem Reply with quote

 would'nt  that  reduce  the  efficiency  of  the  reactor  ?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 9:21 pm Post subject: Re: Dymax CO2 Reactor Problem Reply with quote

 No.  Take  a  closer  look  at  the  reactor  in  working  condition  with  &  w/o  the  inbuilt  diffuser  /  atomizer  in  place  &  you'll  know  why....  Finer  bubbles  escape  easily  compared  to  larger  ones.
 
 Well...  the  above  is  my  observation  &  the  adaptation  has  worked  for  me.  There  might  be  more  ways  to  achieve  the  same.  Go  on  experiment...  Smile  
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2009 2:11 am Post subject: Re: Dymax CO2 Reactor Problem Reply with quote

                                                   
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Did  you  try  pressing  the  bottles?  just  to  check  if  the  CO2  can  be  forced  into  the  reactor  by  the  bottles  pressure.
 
 TWO  days  is  too  much,  your  bottle  must  have  blasted  happily.
 Since  it  hasnt  exploded  there  may  be  two  issues:
 1.  A  leak  in  your  DIY  CO2-  (your  DIY  reactor  might  still  work,  because  it  dosent  require  high  pressure)
 2.  The  CO2  is  dissolving  very  rapidly.
 
 What  have  you  used  to  glue  the  airline  to  the  bottles?
 How  about  a  photo  of  your  setup?
 
 One  of  my  friend  did  get  effective  result  with  DIY  CO2  as  against  his  DYMAX  reactor.  He  is  now  into  pressurized  though.
 
 Goodluck.                

 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:03 am Post subject: Re: Dymax CO2 Reactor Problem Reply with quote

 Hi  All,
 Conclusion:
 1.  I  have  to  go  for  pressurized  Co2.
 2.  Break  the  ceramic  diffuser  .
 3.  Be  happy  with  my  DIY  Diffuser.
 
 But  I  like  experimenting  so  I  will  break  the  ceramic  diffuser  and  fix  a  airstone  at  the  same  place  in  Reactor,
 with  this  I  think  airstone  will  reduce  the  size  of  bubbles  and  powerhead  pressure  will  be  able  to  diffuse  it  perfectly.
 Lets  see  how  this  works.
 
 Any  Suggessions.........  
   
 Thanks  for  sharing  great  information.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:15 am Post subject: Re: Dymax CO2 Reactor Problem Reply with quote

 Sorry  for  posting  here,  how  do  I  start  my  own  thread?
 Please  help  me  with  the  following:
 
 
 Is  it  all  right  to  add  baking  powder  (1/2  teaspoon)  to  slow  down  the  reaction  in  the  mix  of  yeast  and  sugar?
 would  this  slow  down  the  production  of  CO2  initially?
 Please  help  me  I  am  not  getting  any  CO2  bubbles,  its  been  a  few  hours  now.
 how  can  one  tell-visually-if  a  mix  is  dead  or  if  it  has  not  yet  started  up?
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