DIY Inline heater using cable gland

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    Re: DIY Inline heater and CO2 diffuser planning

    Okay so this is how i planned the layout. The green and yellow is normal filter pipe tubing (plastic) not PVC.
    So what you guys think of this?

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    DIY Inline heater and CO2 diffuser planning

    Looks good, and sorts out the pipe bends. Should work a treat.
     
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    Make them and sell them dude!
     
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    Re: DIY Inline heater and CO2 diffuser planning

    looks good however it might reduce flow allot.

    when you put bodies of water over you filter pump it needs to work super hard at pushing that volume to the outlet.
    if it rests along side or beneath the "head hight" of the filter it will not reduce flow.
     
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    Re: DIY Inline heater and CO2 diffuser planning

    Just my 2 cents . . .[​IMG]
    There is a lot of presure on the cartridge outlet which may cause the heater section to leak. That was my problem. The leaking stopped when I replaced the heater to the inlet.
     
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    Re: DIY Inline heater and CO2 diffuser planning

    thanks greystroke but at the beginning of this thread everyone is against the idea of putting it in the inline and not the outline...
     
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    Re: DIY Inline heater and CO2 diffuser planning

    If you have an adequate prefilter on the inlet, it shouldn't be much of a problem. But it has to be a good prefilter.
     
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    Re: DIY Inline heater and CO2 diffuser planning

    Where are you sourcing the pvc & materials from ?
     
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    Re: DIY Inline heater and CO2 diffuser planning

    Hi Ivan, just wanted to share what I am experiencing with my inline DIY heater.

    Everybody can feel the weather is warming up these days and i have noticed that my temp from my water is rising drastically in my tank during the day times, it started going over 28 deg in daytime.

    I think this is happening as the heater doesnt know when to switch itself off, like it would when placed in the tank.

    I do however switch the heater off during the day and on again at night times.

    Just thought Ill tell you what has been happening with mine.
     
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    Re: DIY Inline heater and CO2 diffuser planning

    The one i built regulated the water temperature just fine. If its overheating try and set it down a bit. Remember you are changing the environment of this heater. In two different tanks of the same size with different water movement the same heater will respond differently.
     
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    Re: DIY Inline heater and CO2 diffuser planning

    I agree with Pierre,
    The heater will change it's reaction to the quickly moving water around it, compaired to when it was more stationary in a tank.
    You may have to adjust the setting.
     
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    Re: DIY Inline heater and CO2 diffuser planning

    Just check, what I find now is that the lights push up the temp, even if you turn the heater down, so I do notr think its the heater not switching off properly
     
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    Re: DIY Inline heater and CO2 diffuser planning

    Guess what came today???? Jip the cable gland for the heater. now i can finally start to build my CO2 reactor and inline heater. i got it from
    http://www.mossplastics.co.za/ and its big!!

    [​IMG]
     
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    Re: DIY Inline heater and CO2 diffuser planning

    At least we know you are not an illegal immigrant :laughing7:

    Where are you at in terms of pricing?
     
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    :headbang: :evil6:
     
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    Re: DIY Inline heater and CO2 diffuser planning

    Pricing on the project so far, I want to see if a DIY will beat a Hydors price
     
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    Re: DIY Inline heater and CO2 diffuser planning

    pricing so far is R30. Now to buy all the fittings and pipe...
    But i eastimate the project to be around R400. But if i could i would rather go for the Hydor.
     
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    I spoke to Nathan today and he said that he is landing the Hydors in about 2 weeks time, cant give me an exact price until the items are landed.
     
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    Re: DIY Inline heater and CO2 diffuser planning

    Yup, that's the nature of the beast really...
     
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    Re: DIY Inline heater and CO2 diffuser planning

    Just looking at the cable gland. i already know that the back panel of my cabinet is gonna be a heater...lol
     

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