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Discussion in 'Articles' started by kidnick, Apr 20, 2010.

  1. kidnick

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    I have a 100 gal w/a fluval404 and a aqua pro 150 wet/dry or sump that has a pump that says CAP1800 l/hr. I checked the conversion charts and it says that it puts out around 475/gph. I just bought the Eco-Aqualizer to add on the outflo of the sump pump. I was told this would have plus and minus benefits to the Co2. (Im feeding the CO2 tube into the 1800 pump intake in the sump) I seem to get a very good mist. Anyway ,I was told that I may lose some of my CO2 . So I was thinking of putting in an inline reactor after that aqualizer but Im not sure exactly how to go about it or what type of reactor I should go with to maximize my CO2 . Any help would be appreciated.
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    Thanks for the link to that article Left C. It was entertaining. I have not considered purchasing one of those, nor ever seen one, but its claims were unbelievable. Although its unfortunate that someone would attempt to take advantage of people in that way; it is fortunate that the aquarium hobby has so many knowledgeable people who are more than willing to "debunk the junk" that is commonly presented to us.

    kidnick, I purchased an inline reactor from aquariumplants.com and it works very well. Its one they make, although when i received it I'm sure someone could figure out how to make their own. Tom Barr had a posting of a DIY submersible reactor very similar to the inline one i have. I haven't used it with a planted tank yet, but tested Co2 changes (how quickly did pH change in the water) when running it while testing my plumbing on the tank for leaks and also getting a feel for how my pressurized system worked. There was no bio system here just a big bucket of water, so i attributed pH changes specifically to dissolved CO2. I saw changes in pH over time directly related to the bubble count, so I believe the system has a very good dissolve rate. It claims 100% and I don't have a reason to disagree with that.

    You may want to consider increasing the flow in your tank using a water pump. I plan on using one in my 37 gal. My filter runs at 164 gph, i doubt it actually reaches that considering some of the inline things i'm running. From what i have learned its adequate for filtration, but not flow. Flow is important in providing nutrients to the plants throughout your tank and I've read that in places which are heavily planted the flow rate can be reduced by up to 90%.

    Take in mind however I have yet to complete my first planted tank, but have been doing a good deal of reading, researching, and learning in preparation. A great deal more than I anticipated because i have been waiting for my lighting for a month and a half now.
     
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    That E-A was advertised in many magazines for years. I don't know if it still is or not. Rex used to have pictures of it torn apart showing its magnet inside. Maybe the pictures are lost.
     
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    I was thinking of diying one! I could go to a Souvenir shop and buy about 30 refrigerator magnets and carefully remove the magnets. Then use electrical tape to tape the magnets to the input hose of my Rena XP3 canister filter. My question is, should I use translucent or transparent hose for the input hose? Or maybe the green Eheim hose would be better. I'm not sure which will allow more magnetic waves through. I wonder how often I will have to replace the refrigerator magnets. Which Rest Stop has the best magnets? I was thinking the one on the New Jersey Turnpike.

    Thanks for your input and consideration.
     
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    I would use amber colored tubing to keep the light waves from making things go stale. ... Somewhat like the color that Samuel Adams beer uses for their bottles. I believe that I would try to find some type of magnetic monopole like was hypothesized by Pierre Curie and possibly proved by the quantum theory of magnetic charge by Paul Dirac.

    I hope this helps.
     
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    If you need a more active method for this you could try a Z-pinch device. Do be aware that this might require a tad more space under the aquarium than you might have available.

    http://zpinch.sandia.gov/

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    how about that thing in iron man's chest! i bet that does all kinds of great things to water. Perfect growth of plants, no trimming required...immortal fish...the possibilities are endless when you get pesky science out of the way.
     
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    Once I read the threads saying it was debunked I was ready to send it right back. But then I decided to read up on Far Infrared info and came across a lot of interesting info. I went back through 12 pages on the internet and found the research from NASA, the gov. and the developers and patents of this technology. It is widely used in the cosmetics and salon industry. Also it is being used in the medical field, weapon technology, computers, body scanners, cancer research etc.... so I'm not going to discount the claims on this product. I do not believe that it is just a simple magnet inside. From reading the info from the developers it appears that there is a plausable result from this gizmo. Lets face it Japan and China seem to be way ahead of us in a lot of technology. I for one do not believe that the FDA or the federal goverment or the EPA knows best. In my opinion they only promote anything that will skrew you up more to make you buy more of their products... the sicker and more miserable you are the more you spend to feel better. That is why I am not discounting what this company claims.
     
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    I looked on eBay, there wasn't one listed. I couldn't find Amber colored tubing either.
     
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    Ah, the Eco-Aqualizer.

    The magical device that can generate far infrared rays without any power supply of any kind.

    Now, if we could just find a way to put a new type of solar cell that can generate electricity from those wavelengths inside that magical tube (wait a minute, I think they already exist...), we will have free, clean energy for ever! Yay!

    Personally, when a product starts to mention mystical "energies", I kind of run away...
     
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    this product wasn't developed by people in japan or china, it is made by a company out of texas. there are a lot of broad claims about what it can do. since i was mildly enertained by the product (better referred to as snake oil) i also did some reading. One problem is that infrared rays, known to many as HEAT, is given off by anything with a temperature and this thing doesnt have any sort of power supply or moving parts hence no more heat given off than the surrounding area ie no friction from moving parts, no heat from electrical resistance. The article posted by Left C cuts this thing down into what it is...snake oil.

    A lot of people say a lot of things, broad conclusions based on theories without anything to specifically support their claims. I've read a lot of things like this on undergravel heating cables and now this aqua ecolizer. This site is a place to find good fact based scientific conclusions, not broad claims about products without efficacy. I would suggest trusting the unpaid resources who have no interest in selling a product, but genuine interest in spreading their hobby and helping others to gain success in that hobby.
     
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