Hammerheads bio cube nuclear reactor v2

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  1. Hammerhead

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    Hi Guys,

    Yesterday I walked into my local hardware and came across a floating chlorinator basket from the pool section and with everyone taking a stab at designing a reactor for the already brilliant bio cubes I thought why not take a stab also. I've read that the cubes black colour indicates too little air so it got me thinking a bit. How to introduce more air to the cubes? Theres only so much air my air pump can produce?


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    I have no idea if these Floating Chlorinator baskets come in different sizes and perhabs guys with pools can assist, but the size I saw will comfortably swallow about 1.5lt of cubes, perfect for my tank. If you wandering weres V1 its the cubes in the veg netting which is working quite well I might add.

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    Any ways, the float screws of allowing one to fill the basket with the cubes but the problem I envisaged was how to make it submersible. You can however still allow it to float in the sump and position the airstone at the bottom, but wanting to maximise on the design ive chosen another option.
    I will invert the basket so that the float is at the bottom, drilling a bubble plate on the top side will allow it to sink, It will aslo serve to act as a diffuser which will be fed by a small pump with a fitted venturi. The rising bubbels will escape thru the bubble plate airating the cubes. To combat a possible floating problem I will fill the cavity with marbles through the whole drilled to accept the flow pump. The basket has nice spaces to allow for mulm to escape.

    An altertative, and I wish to hear ur views, i will plumb the outlet of the skimmer or the inlet pipe of my display to the sump to the top of the basket. The idea is to feed cubes more oxygen filled water and to aggitate the cubes to allow mulm to be washed off.

    Heres the concept. Let me know what you guys think, or how can I improve on the design.


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  3. ChrisRaubs

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    Hey man, very nice design. I like it,,, but I would actually keep it upright,,, reason: the salt spray will be caught by that white part, and not all over your sump and cabinet... But just a thought...
     
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    Btw, where are you getting this basket, would like to pick up one too.
     
  5. Gary Roebuck

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    great idea! i just put mine into a 110mm pipe connected to my return pipe in my sump.. right next to my reef octo 3000 skimmer as well as my external skimmer's intake...
     
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    i reckon this could be first prize... n just stick it on u're 50mm return pipe if u have the space.. n yeah... if u have a return pipe....:p
     
  7. Hammerhead

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    Hardware in Durban, im sure you can pick it up at any hardware or pool shop.

    Will plumb my skimmer outlet directly above it so it diffuses the bubles. Sump is 450 water level @ 290 so i got some room for a cover plate over the reactor if neeb be. Another neat idea I read about was to float bio ball in the chamber, they difuse the bubbles so they wont pop so high.
     
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    very nice idea, keep us posted
     
  9. Hammerhead

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    How I currently run the cubes, still testing this method, so far alot more flow of air thru cubes, rather than around them. The basket comfortably takes a litre of cubes, im currently running it at 2ml per litre so its fine for now with my low stocking. Will call the company and see if they make bigger baskets if i need to up the dose. Just drilled a hole at the bottom to except the airline, added a nice big airstone. Filled up cubes from existing bomb. Basket even has a guide for the airline lol. Tested to see that air is moving thru cubes, then put float back on and floated in sump.

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    Seriously @Hammerhead, dare I say I am impressed... I often wonder if I am the only crazy one thinking of how I can apply XYZ to my tank when walking through the supermarket, hardware store or irrigation shops...

    Great idea.

    COST? Edit to say saw the price sticker in 1st pic... R40.... wow
     
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    There goes you hamburger for lunch.:p
     
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    awesome stuff man, my wife would kill me if she saw me using a drill on a glass table.
     
  13. Ridwaan

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    Just by looking at the pictures it looks effective...
    Nice work!!
     
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    Lol, a fair pecentage of items I purchase at the hardware is not for conventional use


    Lovely thought...it works well.
     
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    I do that as well, in fact, I can actually see the sales people muttering to each other when they see me coming "ah crap, no, not this guy again...I wish he could just buy the stuff for NORMAL things like NORMAL people do"
     
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    Hobbyists aren't normal people.
     
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    For sure.... I am normal... I am going to the swimming pool shop tomorrow to pick up one of these.... But wait, I don't even own a swimming pool...... But they dont know that... So they'll think i am normal.... Good enough for me
     
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    :lol: Just don't walk funny!:biggrin:
     
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    Nice Idea
     
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    Is this true? My cubes have gone very black after about 3 months use.
     
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