C02 Splitter

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    Guys, quick question.....

    I’ve noticed that my tank is definitely in need of more than one C02 source.... IE: the left side of the tank doesn’t do nearly as well as the right side ( which has my diffuser )... ???

    So I would like to get a C02 splitter and run C02 on both sides of the tank for a more even distribution, but, is it possible to buy one locally ? If so, please advise where ?

    Or do I need to go the ebay route ? I would prefer to just buy locally if possible...

    Thanks :thumbsup:
     
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    isnt it easier to sort out your flow and make sure your single CO2 source is being evenly distributed than putting in two diffusers?
     
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    I suppose you right..... :scratch:

    Just off the top of my head, ive tried:

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    Putting in extra powerheads, and those cheap wave-maker type things ( within reason of course )...

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    Placing the C02 under the cannister filters out-put pipe ( intake in the same / general locality, so that there is theoretically supposed to be circular flow around the tank ? ).

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    I also modified a powerhead to act as a difussor, but I still seemed to loose a couple of bubbles through surface dissipation etc....

    Point three being as a result of my cr@ppy Hexa diffusor which I think might be half the problem.....

    Anyway.... notwithstanding the above, do I REALLY need to justify a new toy to THIS forum with the numerous MTS suffers on it ( said with tongue firmly in cheek of course ! ) :laughing7:
     
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    how many BPS are you running? it may be that you arent adding enough CO2 in your system

    how many tubes do you have? what types of tubes? t5 t8? what are the wattages? tank size (lxbxw) and substrate?
     
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    because it doesnt matter that the bubbles break the surface..you just have to incr the BPS.. alternatively, get a better diffuser..

    always, caution not to gas ur fish!
     
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    Sjoe...... let the interrogation begin... :p Hahaa... jk.... Ok lets see:

    BPS are around 6 / 7 BPS. Unfortunately I don’t have a drop checker or C02 testing kit so I don’t know what my ACTUAL levels are, but you make a good point Shihr.... Perhaps I should try to gradually increase the BPS... that in itself should help a bit, but I still like the idea of two diffusers on opposite ends of the tank for a more even C02 distribution....

    Lighting is all T5:

    4 x 54w sylvania 6500K
    3 x 39w ( I think ) Sylvania 6500K

    Subs is Flourite.....

    Also good point regarding the diffuser.... What makes do you recommend locally ? Unfortunately ADA is a little out of my price range at the moment even though I drool over it fairly often ? :)

    Also, is there any reason NOT to get a splitter, other than the hassle of finding one ?
     
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    How do one count 7 bubbles per second ?
     
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    I use a cheap sun sun diffuser 1500lph and put the diffuser right under the intake spread my CO2 the whole tank and bubbles are superfine
     
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    Other option is an up aqua inline diffuser for your canister the most effiecent!
     
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    Sorry, I forgot u hav that massive tank:p

    Defn go for a inline.. They diffuse way better and don't require much (if any) maintenance!

    Getting an inline will prob be cheaper and less of a hassle than getting a check valve, bubble counter, oh and the splitter of course:p

    Dude, easy! Count the bubbles over 60s and divide the no of bubbles by 60 ;)
     
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    I like this idea, and may look into ordering one in the coming months.... but would it work on my FX5 ?

    It comes with that hard " anti-kink " hosing ?
     
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    This one is a 16/22mm not sure if it wil work with the fx5
     
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    How do these compact inline diffusers work compared to big DIY ones?
    I got Hermann's old one and it's working like a bomb, but of course it's much much bigger! 8)
     
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    well firstly your is a reactor not a diffuser..

    reactors are the only option for VERy large tanks and the most effective. also keeps the mist look away wich im not a big fan of.

    just replace that hose section with the clear flexi hose. might have to DIY something for the outlet connection though
     
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    Thanks for clearing that up! I feel vindicated knowing that the reactor has so many benefits even if its size is troublesome :)
     
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    Apoc, Maybe DIY a power head CO2 in your sump?
     
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    Sump is actually long gone hey.... only two cannister filters left now.... I the idea of an inline diffusor is actually growing on me.... hurry up pay day !

    ;-p
     
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    inlines are great.. i use one.. but the reactors work way better as lloyd said
     
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    Why is that shihr?
     
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    they diffuse the CO2 into your tank way more efficiently. you dont even see any bubbles in your tank.. the little rotors mash up the CO2 into the water

    sizing of the tubes is a problem though.. they havnt made (that i know of) any reactor that can fit onto a 16mm pipe :(
     

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