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BrianD
10/06/1999, 01:46 PM
Any thoughts on a diy?

Larry M
10/06/1999, 02:20 PM
I'd like to especially hear about the design using the water filter housings from Home Depot. There was a lot of talk about that a while ago, and then nothing.


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Aquaman
10/06/1999, 04:03 PM
I'm working on a diy Calcium reactor using a couple of old Canister filters I found for sale used at a LFS. I'll I needed to do was add the PVC for the recirculation and the needle valve,bubble counter and I'm good to go. The only thing left to buy is a regulator and C02 tank, Got a pic at my web site of what they looked like when I bought them. I'll have more pictures as I begin assembly

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BrianD
10/06/1999, 04:28 PM
Thanks, Aquaman

I will check out your site http://216.79.36.30/ubb/smile.gif I have 3 canister filters I am not using. They came with the used 180 when I bought it.

Larry, if you want, I can send the canister filters up with HCS when he visits you. You can play around with them if you want http://216.79.36.30/ubb/smile.gif

Brian

ReefDad
10/07/1999, 08:18 AM
Hi guys,
DreamReefer and I - (I'm Bubbles from the other page but changed my name cause no one took me seriously http://216.79.36.30/ubb/wink.gif ) used the Omni Filter cannister available for around $18 from HD. Works good. Mine's been working for a couple months now and my alk/ca levels are steady - it's great, no more ca/alk additives! I haven't heard how DreamReefer's works.

All you have to do is drill a hole in the bottom of the cannister and mount a hose-barb fitting for the recirculation input. There are already NPT threaded fittings in the top cap for the input/circulation loop.

My design takes advantage of the high pressure side of the loop for output, and the low/pressure side for input such that it only requires a single recirculating pump.

I have a real rough plumbing diagram that I did in VISIO - can paste into WORD that shows the plumbing if interested.

Tom

BrianD
10/07/1999, 08:32 AM
Sounds great Tom!

I would love to see your plans.

TIA

Brian

Larry M
10/07/1999, 10:47 AM
Brian--Thanks, but I have canister filters lying around too. I was referring to the housings that Tom is talking about. Yes, I would like to see the plans too, and maybe a picture of the project if you have one.


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BrianD
10/08/1999, 10:51 AM
Tom,

The diagram you emailed looks great http://216.79.36.30/ubb/smile.gif

I assume the most costly items to buy are the co2 tank and regulator. Any thoughts on this? What is the best price you found ?

TIA

Brian

ReefDad
10/08/1999, 02:33 PM
Yes, I was fortunate enough to already have a 20lb CO2 tank laying around - you can get a full one for about $75 at a welding supply place (the smaller ones look nicer but cost about the same price). I got the regulator at a home brewing supply place for $35.

I finally ended up with a gas stove valve for my metering valve - but I'm not sure I'm happy with that yet, cause it's too touchy.

Larry M
10/08/1999, 03:36 PM
Thanks a lot Tom, very nice drawing. I am going to try one of these for my 40 gallon. Speaking of needle valves, I got the new Pet Warehouse catalog yesterday, and they have a lot of calc reactor stuff now. A needle valve caught my attention, it was about $25. Has anyone used this particular valve? I need a replacement for the one on my 65.


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Larry M
10/08/1999, 05:37 PM
Tom (Reefdad) was kind enough to let me post the diagram on a web page. I put it up on our home site, take a look--it's a nice plan.

Tom J's Omni Filter Calcium Reactor (http://www.reefcentral.com/calcreactortomj.html)

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