DIY Calcium reactor

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  1. Mtroboer

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    Hi oom Hennie!

    The Torch is coming along very nicely, have got quite a few new heads growing at the moment, thanks again! I want to DIY myself a calcium reactor, could you perhaps help me with material needed as well as a basic design to work from as I like the way you built yours? Thanks in advance!

    JP
     
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    My pleasure :) and I'm glad that it's already growing new heads :thumbup:

    Sure, great to have another DIY enthusiast ;)

    I built my reactor based on a design posted on Reef Central by DJ88 back in January 2003. This eventually became one of the largest threads on Reef Central, totaling some 54 pages and more than 4000 posts, so plan on spending a few hours just reading all the posts...

    This design is a recirculating double-chamber SQUARE reactor, made from acrylic (Perspex) sheet. It is very easy to build (being square and using only flat sheet) and is very efficient as it re-uses all excess CO2. One can scale it up (or down) to suit the size of your tank.

    Apart from the acylic sheeting, you will also need a CO2 cylinder (I would suggest you buy ane from Deltec, Aqua Medic or Tunze, but you could also use a gas welding (Tig/Mig) cylinder, a CO2 fire extinguisher or even a Soda Stream cylinder with a suitable adapter. You will also need a regulator - I'm using an Argon welding regulator which I bought for about R500.00. It's much larger, more robust and more reliable than any hobby brand, but if you're buying a hobby-brand cylinder it would probably be less hassle to also buy their regulator.

    You will also need a reliable pump to circulate the water. An Eheim 1260 would be ideal, but you could use a cheaper Chinese brand if you are prepared to live with additional heat and maintenance.

    Anyway, read up on the thread, and then post your questions (if any :whistling:)

    Hennie
     
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    Thanks Hennie!

    This certainly helped, thanks Viper, saved me ALOT of reading:thumbup: Now just to wait for month end so stage 1 of nr? could start(The number of stages depend on the availability of funds!:whistling:)!
     
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