DIY CALCIUM CARBONATE REACTOR

 

BILL OF MATERIALS

 

Part#

Description

Qnty.

1

4.5" OD 1/8" thick 24" long Acrylic Tube

1

2

4" PVC closed Flange

1

3

4" PVC threaded female adapter & threaded cap assly

1

4

1/2" PVC Male adapter (MNPT X Slip)

2

5

1/2" PVC Union (Slip X Slip)

3

6

1/2" PVC Elbow (Slip X Slip)

3

7

1/2" PVC Tee (Slip X Slip X FNPT)

2

8

Tubing Adapter - Elbow 1/2" NPT X 1/4 Barb

1

9

1/2" Needle Valve

1

10

Tubing Adapter - 1/8"NPT X 1/4" (or 3/16") Barb

1

11

Supreme Mag2 Pump

1

12

1/2" PVC Elbow (MPT X Slip)

1

13

1/2" PVC Female Adapter (Slip X FPT)

1

14

EggCrate covered with Fiberglass Mesh

1

15

Supports for Eggcrate

3

16

Aragonite Sand Medium

1 bag

17

1/2" PVC pipe

2.5 ft

 

NOTES:

 

Most of the PVC parts can be easily bought at a home supply or hardware store. It may not be easy to find 4" closed flanges, most of the ones I have seen in stores lately are open flanges with the knockout portion removed. Try to find one with the knockout intact. If not, you will have to use a 4" PVC cap, which unfortunately has a rounded bottom end and will require additional rigging to keep in a upright position.

 

For the body of the reactor, you can use either 4" PVC pipe, 4" clear PVC, or the 4.5" OD acrylic tube. I have found that the 4.5" OD acrylic works with 4" PVC fittings, and if you desire to have see through reactor, then it is economically a better choice to use than the 4"clear acrylic which tends to be more expensive. It is again not easy to get a 2ft piece of the acrylic tube via mailorder as most places will only sell in 5ft increments, or have a minimum order which will not be met with the purchase of just this piece. The best source for precut pieces of acrylic tubing in sizes that work with PVC fittings, that I have found is Aquatic Eco Systems (1-800-422-3939). To glue the acrylic to PVC you will need to get either Weld ON #40, or Weld ON #1802.