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Aquamedic Reducing T

Discussion in 'Talk to Tom Barr' started by stevie D, Oct 24, 2008.

  1. stevie D

    stevie D Junior Poster

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    I have been following your thread about the aquamedic reducing t and I just bought a couple of these and have a few questions.

    First, i ordered the 12mm size for my eheim 2215 and for 2 fluval 203's. I also bought black 12mm tubing from Dr Fosters and Smith. I noticed that the reducing t easily slips into the black tubing, as well as the tubing for the eheim. It's almost soo loose you could shake the tubing off the reducing t. Will hose clamps ensure a tight fit as i do not want the potential for a leak in that location. Any reason for the reducing t is soo small to fit 12mm tubing? It almost seems as the next size up (5/8) would be a nice tight fit.

    I want to inject co2 as well as air from an airpump into the reducing t. Starting at the reducing t, can i connect a brass check valve, a brass splitting t and then my co2 line and a line from an airpump into the reducing t? This would be the setup for the eheim 2215 on a 26 gallon bowfront. Will this be a more efficient method of injecting co2 than the glass diffusor under the spraybar i am using now?

    The 55 gallon i am setting up will have 2 fluval 203 with spraybars and 2 powerhead. Should i split the co2 line and run co2 into both filter outtakes or just one?

    I know it probably wouldnt be a good idea to run an airpump into the intake of a canister, but would the co2 be better off run on the intake of a canister filter, or would it be just fine as far as dissolving in the water on the outtake?

    The airpump will be on a timer that comes on for a short period every hour or 2 and will not be running continually.

    I realize trying to use reactors, venturi, and mazzai for my pump size isn't reasonable, so i'm trying to find a good solution, and clean up the inside of the tanks a little bit.

    By the way, really love your site, i've learned soo much it's amazing!

    Stevie D
     
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    You want a very tight fit, to the point of having a tough time getting it on the ribbed tubing. You can build up the hard plastic ribbed section with glues, tape etc and then add a hose clamp etc, or use larger tubing, different larger sized AM reducing tee etc.

    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
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    stevie D Junior Poster

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    So I used some heat shrink tubing and put two layers on each end. It is now a pretty tight fit, and i am going to Home Depot to pickup some black hose clamps so I think this will take care of the problem.

    I'm going to set these reducing ts up on all the filters in the next day or 2. Any final advice on where they should go for the most efficient co2 use?
     

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