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Protein Skimmer Conversion To Co2 Reactor

Discussion in 'CO2 Enrichment' started by Micah D, Dec 30, 2017.

  1. Micah D

    Micah D Junior Poster

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    Hey guys I thought maybe I can get some input from you all.

    So I had an old external protein skimmer laying around from when I used to have a reef tank. I thought maybe it could be used for a Co2 reactor.
    Im in the process right now of modifying it so that I can run Co2 through it. It has a bubble blaster re-circulating pump and should break up gas into very fine micro bubbles. I took collection cup off and will be filling inside with bio-balls. I will be capping top of skimmer with a 6"rubber fernco and attaching a bulk head fitting to the top. The Co2 tubing will be connected near the re-circulating pump where it used to draw air. I will be adding a brass barb fitting to attach to top of stand pipe.
    Let me know if you guys think this will work well. Or any other ideas or thought would be appreciated. Thanks

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    Micah D Junior Poster

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    So I got the cap on the top and water is now moving through reactor, but im still waiting on some more parts to build my regulator before adding Co2 to it. Another problem I ran into is the needle wheel impeller on the re-circulating pump needs replaced. It must of had water sitting in pump for awhile and the plastic swelled and cracked around the magnet. I ordered a new one, just was not expecting a whopping 85$ for the the darn impeller. :eek:. Well the good Part is my filtration is finally silent. No more noise. I decided to loose the sump and try something different. I got a pressurized pond pump for a great deal. It was a return for a fraction of the price. Seems to be working great and leak free. I will updated Soon as I get co2 up and running and we will see how it works.

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