Best way to feed a calcium reactor

Discussion in 'Test Kits, Controllers, Reactors and Dosers' started by Ridwaan, 5 Mar 2013.

  1. Ridwaan

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    Howzit Guys...

    Im having difficulty feeding my calcium reactor...At the moment I have it branching off my return pump..THis works for an hour or so and then it looses pressure and the affluent drip rate slows down and stops completly...

    I have tried to feed it from a pump and because i reduced the outlet of the pump from 15mm to like 5mm, the pump starts making a noise and it becomes difficult again to set the out effluent of the reactor...

    I have beent old to use a dosing pump, but where do I get a reliable dosing pump that will run 24/7?

    Also, dosing pumps are so expensive...

    Any ideas?
     
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  3. crispin

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    get a bigger skimmer :)
     
  4. Ridwaan

    Ridwaan Thread Starter

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    :lol:
     
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    Teeing off from the return pump line has always worked well for me. (denitrator & calcium reactor) but the secret is to have an inline filter first, then a micro adjustable valve & only then the reactor.
    On the reactor outlet side, i always opened the valve fully which gave a very constant drip rate.
     
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    I dont have the inline filter...Does it matter?
     
  7. Jarred van niekerk

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    Get a smaller a pump!i use a 500 lite per hour pump and gives me a good drip rate
     
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    The inline filter prevents your valves from clogging up & stopping your flow through the reactor. Will try to get a pic of the inline filter i used.
    Just looks like a small coke bottle with outlets on both sides & you fill it up with filter floss!
    A small powerhead can also work but is much more likely to clog the valves...
     
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    Looks almost like this di resin cartridge, just shorter & thicker...[​IMG]
     
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  10. Ridwaan

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    Thanks @Visser really appreciate the help...

    Now i hear there is a shortage of CO2 in the country...
     
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