DIY Reactor

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  1. Pads

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    Hi Everyone, Thought I'd share what I'd built, like a good boy.

    DIY Reactor:

    Parts List:
    1. 50mm Clear PVC Tube: 2 x 300mm Lengths
    2. 50mm PVC Threaded Sockets: 4 x
    3. 40 - 20 Threaded Nylon Bush: 4 x
    4. 20 - 15 Threaded Nylon Bush: 4 x
    5. 15 - 13 Threaded Connecting Elbow thingy: 4 x
    6. Plastic Mesh
    7. Sponge
    8. Hose Clamps: 4
    9. 10mm Clear Hose: 1m 'ish

    Here the pics:

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    Now to add media/ pump and connect up the hoses.
    My intention is to have this reactor externally mounted for ease of access, Sealing the joints may be interesting.

    I may also need to add a ball valve to control flow and a slightly denser membrane rather than the plastic mesh. We'll see how the preliminary test go.
     
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  3. Neil H

    Neil H Moderator MASA Contributor

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    nice
     
  4. Evo R

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    Nice build!!
    How much was the parts list??
     
  5. Pads

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    PM sent
     
  6. vatso

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    Very Nice reactor
     
  7. Pads

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    Thx, just gotta get it working, then I'll confirm if its a success.
     
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    Ill patiently await your update:biggrin:
     
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    very nice, would love to see it in action.
     
  10. Sentari

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    Looks good Pat!

    My only issue with something like this is trapping of particles and clogging. That why the other reactors push water from the bottom which keeps the media at the bottom and everything else floats to the top. Easier to clean in my opinion.

    But awesome! What pump you thinking of using? Will you use seperate pumps or will you go from one to another. Also what media are you going to use?
     
  11. Nico Kortenbout

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    This looks fantastic. Tagging along with interest.
     
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    Very Neat Pads, what did it cost you to build? +-
     
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    way cool and it looks neat

    and i bets its way cheaper than actually buying a reactor

    post a video of when its up and tumbling
     
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    Looks very cool
     
  15. FransSny

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    Very cool idea & looking good :thumbup:

    Just a Q, dont you think 50 mm dia is a bit small ? What media will you be running.
     
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    looks awesome!
    if i can offer you a bit of constructive critisism....

    1) try increase the diameter to 63mm or slightly bigger

    2 ) try get a distributor on the inlet side to help the water flow though the chamber as even as possible.

    by just having an inlet with water feeding through , your media will compress and form what we call "rivers" which means the water will find its easiest way through the media on its way out......thus making it up to 80 % less effective.

    by looking at your design, if you could add a piece of pipe a few centimeters high in the inlet side and have lots of tiny slits it would help disperse the water through the chamber more even.
    alternativly a distribution plate with lots of little slits.

    i think if you can incorporate one of those , you will have yourself an even better d.i.y reactor......

    well done......looks wicked:yeahdude:
     
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    awesome DIY pads, have you worked out the total cost as yet?
     
  18. Tim S

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    This is exactly what I'm looking for. The only question is, does it fluidize the media?
     
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    Very good advice. I second the above!
     
  20. Pads

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    Thx dude, Will post a vid when its running.

    Hey D, I'll have these reactors standing tall, with the inflow running to the bottom inlet to try fluidise the media. Putting Purigen in the first chamber and Seachem
    SeaGel in the second.

    Pump, this is a guess, seeing as I may need a bit of force to flow through two chambers I reckon 500-600l/h, may go up to 800l/h and restrict the flow if its too much.

    Cheers mate

    I'll pm you the list when I got a mo

    Yeah, I'm hoping it works like it looks, I quite stoked hw it came out.

    Thx, Yip 50mm is a little small but I had the tube lying around so I thought I'd clear a little of my mess. Purigen in the first chamber and Seachem SeaGel in the second.

    Awesome, thanks dude. I thought I cross that bridge when I got there but maybe the I'll look into a dispersing mod before its fired up.

    Thx for the input :thumbup:

    Thx, Yip will pm when I've got a mo.

    I'm hoping so, I think my choice on pump will be critical to getting that part right.
     
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    awesome DIY there Pads;)
     
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