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Gulfstream Tropical AGU00528 Ista Max Mix Co2 Reactor for Aquarium, Medium
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- The most efficient application of co2 dissolution
- Compact in size and can be used either internally or externally
- Durable to acidity and impact resistant
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One other thing is make sure that the unit is supported. Its weight when full with water will pull down, and kink the hose.
I'd defiantly purchase this again but use clamps!
This little reactor works great once the above issues are taken care of. Mixes well and since it is semi clear, one can peer in and see how efficient your co2 is being disolved. This helps in fine tuning the bubble rate for any one tank.
I run my Mix Max in-line directly after my Rapids mini canister which runs (apparently) at 80gph, which is probably more like 65-70gph. At this flow rate I get very few bubbles that make it out of the reactir and into the main tank.
Love this product! Perfect for nano tanks.
Overall, I'm happy with this reactor but be sure to check it closely when it arrives and consider the addition of hose clamps.
1st - It greatly reduces the flow coming out of the pump. I have two return pumps on my tank and put this on one. It more than half cut the outflow of that pump. This really needs its own dedicated pump and not a sump return pump.
2nd - I have a CO2 tank on a solenoid and it is on when the lights are on. Even with 1 bubble/second or even 1 bubble every couple of seconds, this thing will continually fill with CO2 to the point that the water level in the contraption lowers so the paddle wheel is completely in CO2. The idea is that the pump injects water into this and turns a paddle wheel. The paddle wheel mixes the water and CO2 which is flowing in from the top. The CO2 rich water then moves down and into a return tube at the bottom which directs it back up to the top of the device and into the tank. Once the water level dropped below the wheel, it stopped mixing CO2 and water.
To sum it up it strains your pump pretty bad and decreases efficiency overall by a lot. I made a reaction chamber out of a seachem media bottle, two barb fittings, co2 proof airline going in so I can place an airstone on the end and held the fittings in with waterweld and clear silicone. Now my pump flow is normal, I'm diffusing at a great rate and I did it for about 50c.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It works well, and it does not require too much CO2 pressure, so it can easily be used with DIY systems. Read morePublished 1 month ago by rcl
Be prepared to put in a little work to sand out the inside of the impellers. I added some teflon tape on the bottom cap and it seals great. Read morePublished 3 months ago by matt
I have a 75g planted tank and run CO2 since adding this unit I have seen my plants liven and had excellent growth. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Does an excellent hob of co2 dispersion. as far as i can see its 100%. I cut it into my return line and i never see any bubbles.
My issue with it is that it is CHEAP! Read more
Works really well, and you can see it working. The only problem we had was the bottom of the reactor leaked initially. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Adam R. Morris
haven't had any trouble, works, although I haven't had a hose slip off I wish the ends where you slip the hoses on were barbedPublished 10 months ago by Ron T
Works great. Does significantly reduce canister flow. Also with this model if you run the bubble count up VERY high you will get micro bubbles in tank. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Firefighter13bg
I installed this in my system (per the diagram on the box), and put the unit IN the tank. I realized that if the canister filter hose comes off, there will be water everywhere. Read morePublished 12 months ago by M. Jacobs
- High dissolve rate, no visible bubble in the output
- Rough finish, there was a plastic protrusion at the input which... Read more