DIY nitra-guard bio-cubes reactor build

Discussion in 'Chemical Filtration / Low Nutrient Systems - LNS' started by Visser, 18 Feb 2013.

  1. Visser

    Visser MASA Contributor

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    Well, just wanted to share a little diy project i have completed.
    Its a reactor designed especially for my favourite product... The nitra-guard biocubes.
    I just absolutely love the simplicity with wich they work & they are so effective...
    But, like everything else, i just love to upgrade stuff!
    So here are some pics of the reactor. It can take exactly 1l of bio-cubes & from what i have tested so far, its going to work great!
    I used 3mm plexiglass for the housing & a cheap via-aqua 400l/h pump with the venturi outlet glued to the housing.

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    My the home made bubble plate
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    Side view
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    With 1 litre of titanium biocubes
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    In full operation in my new sump for my nano tank.
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    I tuned down the pump to about 200l/h to prevent the flow from flushing out all the yeast from the cubes & increased the bubbles by connecting a small air pump to the air inlet...

    Works like a bomb!
    @KillerWhale
     
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    Nice build Visser! I also made one to fit in the back of an RSM. Just airstone powered in a 63 mm pvc with drilled end caps.

    Do you need the extra flow? Why not just a airstone in the bottom chamber? Don't think it will hurt, just asking.
     
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    Just some extra insurance & the extra flow prevents gunk from settling on the cubes...
     
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    Zen and the art of Aquarium Maintenance. :)
     
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    :thumbup:
    Thanks carlos
     
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    I'd like to comment but can't see photobucket pics:( but sure it's a nice build.
     
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    You taking orders?
     
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    looks great, needs more bubbles :)
     
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    Sweet design Visser, I like the concept of it.
     
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    Lol, for you, perhaps...
     
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    Visser Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Hehe, will ask the tiny airpump to squeeze a little harder...
    Thanks, i will definitely have to add a larger air pump.
     
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    Thanks francois
     
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    Very very nice... Liking that workmanship skills!!! :thumbup:

    If I may so bold to ask...

    Where did you buy the plexi glass from, and for how much?

    Thinking of doing something similar, but for phosphate and carbon respectively...
     
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    Thanks chris. The plexiglass i get from maizies plastics in pretoria. They have an offcuts bin there with almost any type you can think of & you pay per kg.
    Otherwise you can just buy a full sheet. Costs +- R40 to build this reactor...
     
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    You can even buy acrylic tubes in any thickness & diameter to build skimmers/ reactors from.
     
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    Thanks @Visser ;)

    Definitely gonna give them a call!!!
     
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    Hi @Visser

    Isntead of getting a bigger airpump you could use the same pump, disconnect it from the venturi and place a airstone below the cubes. Still lots of flow like you designed it but probably more airation?
     
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    Thanks @Bendor, but even an airstone can still only let out as many bubbles as the airpump pushes in...
    & the bubbles is in any case only there to create flow over the cubes (caused by rising bubbles) which i have anyhow increased by using tge flow pump...
    Thanks for the advice! Will keep it in mind...
     
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    Was also a bit concerned on the flow... Some critique:
    The biocube mas seems very tightly packed, with very little flow, a bigger airpump or powerhead should resolve that to a certain degree.
    Have advised Mark Nel from OAL that he needs to get into distributing reactors specifically made for the cubes, as there are some overseas sites selling incorrect reactors with the cubes.... possibly reducing their effeiency...
    Anyway, I digress..
    Losing the bag would possibly allow a "looser" arrangement of cubes, effectively increasing potential for water movement over them? Seeing that you are a DIY star, DIY a lid over it to prevent them from spilling over....
     
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