Urgent help needed Please help with calcium reactor!

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  1. ighsaan

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    Hi pleas help I started a calcium reactor with a CO2 fire extinguisher bottle and welding gages.
    I would like to know how it must run? I get 1 bubble every 15sec and, must the water flow in to the sump or drip back in to the sump from the C reactor and do I need a Solenoid and needle valve on my gages is this necessary. How dangerous is this CO2 gas because I got it indoors?
     
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    Ighsaan, please post a pic of this setup, it sounds a bit hectic to me dude. In the mean time, switch off the unit. You got to have a regulator with Solenoid valve and needle valve in order for it to function properly.
     
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    Hi there - Igshaan. I replied to your PM. Cheers mate.
     
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    [​IMG][​IMG]My C Reacter pic![​IMG]
     
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    Ok, so it is a DIY job then. By the way, nice job there :)
    Can you control bubbles per second? That is like having a needle valve.
    Judging by the actual calcium reactor, you do have a bubble counter?
     
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    I do have a bubble controller it is the small knob on the left, the nut and bolt on the handle of the fire extinguisher controls the preacher coming out from the bottle. I am running at 3 bubbles every 2secinds is this alright what do you think?
     
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    The best way to know that a Carx is performing correctly is to test your Alk and Ca twice daily, ie. every morning and evening until you get a stable Alk of 6.5-8.5 DKH and a Ca level between 380-420, then make the necessary adjustments from there.
     
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    Just to confirm that you are understanding this correctly: The pump should circulate the water continuously through the Ca reactor, and should not discharge into your sump (in other words, a closed loop with both intake and outlet connected to the reactor). From this circulation (or seperately from the reactor) there should be a very small outlet (with normal airline tubing) which can be controlled with either a valve or small clamp to adjust the outflow to about 1 drop per second. This 1 drop per second outflow should then drip into the sump.

    Hennie
     
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    I can see three pipes on from the gauge & then 2 that go to the tank/sump

    also there seems to be a pump connected to the reactor - so it seems right.

    Please just confirm what Hannie is asking
     
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    I can see three pipes on from the gauge & then 2 that go to the tank/sump

    also there seems to be a pump connected to the reactor - so it seems right.

    Please just confirm what Hannie is asking
     
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    You are correct! I do have a small pump on the Cal reactor and a inlet from CO2 tank, a inlet from fish tank and a out lit to sump. If you look at pic the top small bottle on Cal reactor is my in let from tank and the bottle one is the bubble counter the clear pipe above the small pump is the out lit to sump i do have a small tap on the end to control the flow.
     
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    OK, that then sounds correct. You should measure the pH and the hardness/alkalinity of the "effluent" coming from this clear pipe, and use those values to adjust the CO2 input and "effluent" outlet rate until the reactor is working optimally. Let us know the values if you need help.

    Hennie
     
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    Will do! Thanks
     
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