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Can you guide me on installing an inline CO2 atomizer?

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by joshvito, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. joshvito

    joshvito Prolific Poster

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    I want to replace my glass/ceramic diffuser. I think I am wasting a lot of CO2.

    I have a canister filter that is plumbed to a 55 gallon tank via bulkheads on the upper back of the tank.
    The drain is a 1" bulkhead, and the return is a 3/4" bulkhead.

    I want to add an atomizer to the return 3/4" pvc pipe.
    I have an atomizer with an outer diameter of 22mm / 16mm inner) OR (0.866"/0.629").

    What is the best way to plumb this inline without losing much flow from the filter?
    Has someone documented this process on this board before?
    Should I not bother with the inline atomizer? If not, is there a simple inline CO2 reactor that works well?
    I'd prefer not to add another object or pump to the tank.

    Thank you for any help or guidance.
     
  2. aamir9110

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    Clear canister reactor, Rex grigg, a separate loop with cerges reactor, inline up aqua/ GL aquarium/ cal aqua labs. Anyone may be of good use to you.
    If you use line , find one with a inner diameter similar to your plumbing.
     
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    Use hoses on the ends of the Atomizer. Run those to barbs to splice into your in/ out on your filter. Very easy to do.
     
  4. joshvito

    joshvito Prolific Poster

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    Thank you aamir and jerry.

    @jerrybforl
    Will I lose a lot of flow due to the atomizer? Will it cause backpressure to build up in the canister.
     
  5. aamir9110

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    Atomiser

    Not necessarily.

    As long as your atomizer does not restrict the outflow/ inflow there should be no significant flow impairment. This would be trus for a inline diffuser. Others, depending on the difference between the tube bore may do so.

    See the Hagen–Poiseuille equation to get some idea of flow through and for a fluid system.

    e.g. - a 16/22 outflow should have this - Up Aquarium Co2 Atomizer System Diffuser 16/22 mm Reactor, as an example.

    Regards,
    AR
     
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    I bought a relatively cheap Eheim 2213 filter and installed the atomizer on it. This way I have redundant filtering and don't reduce the flow of my main filter. Before that I had the atomizer on my Eheim 2274. With two filters now I get a great surface ripple, which is great for degassing co2 during night.
     
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