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Old 07-25-2015, 11:21 PM   #1
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DIY reactor. Phosphate or Carbon?

How do you all feel about this design? I'll be using this in sump probably. Click image for larger version

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Old 07-25-2015, 11:43 PM   #2
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Sorry more detail on this now..my son wanted to have a lightsaber dual.

I am basing this off of UrauJoey's video for a reactor. I couldn't find anything close to what he used for a container but walking through W-mart I ran across a Rubbermaid tea bottle. I like this bottle because it seems to be very sturdy and has 2 openings in the top.

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These openings in the top are a perfect fit for 3/4 pvc or cpvc pipe to be snug inside. I actually had to run hot water on the Rubbermaid top to fit the pipe in. The lid on this container is also just a snap on but it appears to be very strong. I hope it'll hold. I'll be adding media holders either tonight or tomorrow and drilling a couple holes in the cpvc inside so water can enter.

All in all I'm very excited about this build so far. it's only cost me $15 and I already have a pump.

Please any comments for improvements are welcome!
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Old 07-27-2015, 02:55 AM   #3
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here it is in action! seems to be working WONDERFULLY. water has no choice but to move up through the carbon. I put carbon into the reactor because I couldn't find a phosphate remover at my LFS that I wanted to try. once I'm more confident this won't explode or leak under pressure it will move outside of the sump.
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ok so I'm really surprised at how well this is working. although I will only be running it periodically because I heard it's not good for fish to be exposed to carbon for long periods of time. my water is so clear that it looks like it's not there
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