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Old 11-14-2011, 08:40 PM   #1
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hey all,I am thinking of making a diy carbon reactor and have a couple questions.I do have alot of corals and my system is a 180g and 75 gal tied to a 40g fuge and a 75g sump(running 50 gal thru).First my pumps have a in and out flow,would it be better to pull or push the water flow.second is it best to carbon all the water(i.e. run all water thru before exit) or just some of the water (circulate from sump back into sump)..Thx in adv..scott
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If you just want to run carbon (and not GFO) then the flow doesn't matter so you can pretty much put it anywhere. I personally would just buy a Phosban reactor, they are cheap and effective, just add the right pump and you are done. If you have a canister sitting around that could work too.
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the flow still makes a differnce, how much do you think the carbon will absorb if the water is flowign rapidly past it. i would aim for around a flow rate of about 100gph in a carbon reactor
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I have heard that and I have also heard the opposite, that as long as it is wet it does its job, it can't not. Carbon goes in canisters with hundreds of gallons per hour of flow and does it job very well.
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actually canister filters don't flow as quickly as power filters, the largest canister will probably only flow a few hundred gallons per hour and it will also contain alot more media then a simple reactor will hold
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Canisters can definitely be more than a few hundred, and few HOBs exceed that. Either way wet and flow=working.
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