Diy Phosphate Filter/Reactor

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  1. Renannchen

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    Hey every1 just some pics on my Phophate filter i made from perspex with this super cool laser cutter at fablab here in Bloem, its called an Epilog laser it does engravings on about anything and you can cut whatever you want with it. The reason for me building it is because i have some Phosphate problems and found out about a month ago about this place so gave it a try its not a reactor but will do the job, still want to try this1 and see what changes i can make to it, got some phosphate remover from AquaMedic this wkend going to use a 1400lph pump to push the water through the filter from the one side and out the other and the phosphate in the middle so hopfully it will work..If it works im going to do the same thing with my carbon filter..So please every1 give me your thoughts on it and maybe we can make it work better.
     
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  3. Renannchen

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    Looks awesome Renanchen! Fantastic job man!
     
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    Whoo hoo!! That's looks fantastic!!
     
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    Cool thax for all the coments, here is the link on the laser that we have here in bfn, the rector/filter is not yet finished im still busy with it so will keep you guys posted.
     
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    Looking awesome...
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Looks awesome man! Shouldnt there me that grid on the inlet and outlet side to help prevent the granules from comming out of the reactor, or am I missing something?
     
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    in pic no 2 i made a grig out of the perspex with 1mm holes in and there is going to be a drop in grid on the other side aswell, will post pics of the whole thing tomorow asnd how its constructed
     
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    Oh, ok, cool. Thanks for clearing that up ;)
     
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    SchyffS Reef Aquarist

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    Hey, emm here goes the questions
    whats the cost thus far. Just to verify that the build of this beauty is not more than a std off the shelf item....:wave2:
    Will this be available to the public?
    Why did u go with the sqaure shape and not a cylinder? is it cost related?
    How are you gonna seal the top lid portion and ensure that it is openable to refill?

    BTW: it looks supper impressive thus far
     
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    Not so sure from the pic i am so enthusiastic. So before i comment further please explain how this device works. Also, does the device work in the horizontal or vertical position as per your prototype pic?

    Think about these questions for a moment.

    OK The most effective way of utilising chemical filtration is through fluoridation. Now when i say fluoridation i mean keeping the media suspended in the filtered aquarium water. By keeping the media suspended (fluidised) you gain maximum contact time.

    The design i see will not keep the media suspended unless it is meant to stand on end. If it is meant to stand on its end then the holes for the inlet are too big. If there its a power out the media will go to the chamber below. Als when the power returns the outlet will exhaust media.

    in short you want your design to operate like quick sand. So work on fluidizing the media and making it easy to maintain.


    Hope you take my criticism in a positive way.
     
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    Tagging along. They all valid questions. I'm busy making my own one. So i will watch this with great interest. Nice build thou!
     
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    tagging along - this could be good.

    It's looking good so far - great DIY skills you have!
     
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    The engravings on the side is there because i wanted it there and if you, i know that it wil work and spoke to other reefers and they like the idea, i wil post pics of how it works and then you can critisize all you like, no need to bad mouth my engravings, thats the way i wanted it, and its for free so why not!
     
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    The reason for it being square. Its much cheaper and thd whole unit wil cost les than R250, thax for all the coments and wil do some more work on it, its a vertical system,
     
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    Very cool project man !

    BTW....I dig the engraving ;)
     
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    Looking good. Please note that the phosphate media must be tightly packed in your reactor and not be allowed to be "kept in suspension". The reason is that because most phosphate removers are very brittle it will grind up into a very fine powder. It will enter your main display which you want to avoid at all cost as it is bad for your livestock. I too like the engraving!
     
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    I like the engraving - it is a truly wild DIY project you have done - and it looks very professional!!!!!
     
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