Using W/D filter as CO2 chamber
To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
Subject: Using W/D filter as CO2 chamber
From: "Ted Fidder, AT&T - Bell Labs, Denver" <fidder at drmail_dr.att.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 1996 10:55:34 -0700
In-Reply-To: Aquatic-Plants-Owner at ActWin_com "Aquatic Plants Digest V1 #264" (Feb 18, 3:39am)
References: <199602180839.DAA06502 at looney_actwin.com>
Since it seems that CO2 reacter design is a hot topic again,
I just thought that I would re-open the question of whether
or not using the W/D filter as the CO2 chamber is a good idea.
I know that at least John Schmaus is doing this successfully
but has anyone else attempted it ?
Here are some of the issues as I recall:
* saturating the bio-ball chamber with CO2 will drive
out the O2; however, this might not be a problem because
the water will be high in O2 from the plants.
* There will be some leakage of CO2 around the top of the
W/D, but I suspect that there will not be very much.
* Opening the W/D to clean the drip pad will cause much/most
of the CO2 to escape.
* Depending on fish load the W/D might be a redundant filter
anyway so even if it loses some of its capacity there
probably wont be a noticable increase in water parameters.
If the W/D can be used without problem this would really be a
cheap alternative to even some of the DIY designs and it would be
very efficient since the drip plate and bio-balls spreads the water
evenly around the chamber.
What to people think ?
(fidder at drmail_dr.att.com) (303)-538-5106
AT&T Bell Labs
11900 Pecos Street
Denver, Colorado 80234