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<font color='#000000'>HOW,

 

I would like to make a kalk reactor and upgrade my current system of vat/powerhead/float switch. While this has worked very well for 10+ years, I want to maximize my additions of Calcium Hydroxide which I still believe is important.

I plan to get a group together and hopefully start building sometime before mid October and complete quickly.

I will become the "Chief" (if you will), but will not wear feathers.

 

To do this we need:

1. people interested to sign on and participate. participation is a must!

2. a clear plan that makes/ satisfies the tribes goal.

3. tools I don't have that we believe we need.

4. someone to be the "get supplies/acrylic guy".

5. time flexibility

6. someone to search for ideas we may want to follow. I'm thinking 6" tube and as tall as 18-24"

7. People to help our buddy Howardofnova move tank in mid Sept. (all on horseback of course - bareback no less)

8. someone to find a smiley face w/feather that says "HOW" to add to the current collection. 8 Free nylon thumb screws to this creative person.

 

I will host this in my little TEEPEE here in McLean, VA.

Chip

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I think I'm drafted  [beer2]

Mid Oct works for me! Let me know when your ready to roll & what you need from me oh Chief Wantahockalugee! "nemo" :)

Oog Ga Shocka! Oog Ga Shocka! Oog Ga Shocka!

Howard

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KR620SS.jpg

 

KRLID.jpg

 

recirc1.jpg

 

 

Reaction Tube Diameter  6"

Reaction Tube Height  18"

Base Diameter  7.75”

Water inlet and outlet size  1/4"

Pump  Maxi-Jet 250

 

www.usplastic.com

 

#44550 6" OD x 5 3/4" ID Acrylic Tubing  $8.62 Foot (Sold in 6foot sections only.)   $13.00 each 18" section

 

44361 Acrylic Sheet 24" x 24" 1/4" Thick $16.42 Sheet (9 8"x8" per sheet) need 3 8"x8" per reactor = $5.50

 

91577 Nylon Wing Nut 5/16-18 Thread $0.11 Each 8 $1.00

 

91268 5/16-18 x 1" Nylon Hex Head Screw $0.19 Each 8 $1.60

 

http://www.drsfostersmith.com

#CD-517501 Maxi-Jet Model 400 (106 gph) $13.99

 

 

Plus "O" ring & misc ½" & ¾" pipe/tubing/clamps for the MaxiJet, 2 John Guest ¼ x 3/8 mpt fittings and a digital timer.  Plus you'll need a dosing pump or auto top off system.

 

The challenge is to figure out how to plumb the MaxiJet (¾" OD inlet & ½" OD outlet.)

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Ok, my turn for a stupid question.  What is a KALK Reactor? And how is that different from a Calcium reactor?

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A kalkreactor is for dosing Kalkwasser (Calcium Hydroxide), it's used more to maintain Ca & Alk. (as apposed to increasing Ca & Alk)

 

A Calcium reactor uses Co2 to dissolve a calcium media and is required for systems with a higher calcium/Alk demand.

 

I preferrer to use both on my tanks, as the Kalk Reactor will offset the Calicum Reactor's tendency to drop the system's pH levels.

 

HTH

Glenn

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Glenn,

I'm preparing your brave feather and diligently chipping away at an arrowhead for your efforts so far.

Nice work! From a glimpse of these pics, We can easily rout out what I see with the exception of the keyholes for the thumb screws.

On my CA reactor, I just taped the lower ring and threaded in the TS. I have about 15 - 4.5 O-rings we can inlay between the top 2 rings

Do you have a link for the PM company that made the first pic?

Chief Wannakalkreactor

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I'd be interested as well- I have lots of tools - that might be able to fill a gap.

My availablity is limited during the fall but let me know when and I'll try to plan.

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You know, this might actually work?  [nana]

 

Hey I got tools too!

A Big Sledge hammer

Ladder

Wheel Barrow

Water Hose

Hedge Trimmers

Weed Wacker

I'll bring those too! tng

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I 'm in and ready for orders chief..

 

Tools to add

 

Small table saw

Router

Router table

hand tools

bottle opener

cooler

beer.

 

 

OOOps last 3 tools to be used after all the cuting is done..

 

and Howard I'm here to help when you are ready to move your tank. I am going to practice next weekend by moving a 75 about 40 miles.

 

wish me luck :)

 

Chris

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i would like to be in too.

tools: miter saw with a plastic cutting blade

       Sharpee

       Tape Rule

       Lawn mower

       Fertilizer speader

       Palm sander...... ok sorry mine is not that funny :p

G

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Please count me in on the kalk reactor.  I have a bit of acrylic already but need to inventory before contributing. May cut down on a some of the order.

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I built mine, it is pretty easy.  The key is getting a lid that can keep a seal and making sure your maxi jet plumbing does not fail or leak.  other than that its not bad.  Good luck.  

 

Sam

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I like this  idea also. I have an idea, but would like to know more about how the power cord is glued. I think we can keep it from leaking.

Looks like we have as many as 9 people so far, before we get any/many more we should get a firm plan together before it gets harder to agree upon a design.

Sam do you have pics or a tutorial you care to share.

Is there a chat feature we can all meet at and circle the wagons?

ChiefChip Wannakalkreactor

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I would like to participate in this adventure. Unfortunately I don't have access to materials, but I've got mucho denaro.

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Unfortunately I don't have access to materials, but I've got mucho denaro.

Wanna trade? :) maybe we should make a time to meet in the chat room, say maybe Sunday some time, or when ever we all agree on a time. Just a thought, G

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I just registered as "chief" and went in to a public chat I started called   diy

It's cool.

See if you can get into it and say something in it.

Once we can all get in then we'll set a time to chat.

I maybe can for a bit Sunday evening say 9:00p

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We had a great chat in the WAMAS chat room. It works well!

We have decided on this design but maybe a few modifications. I plan to talk to Howard and see if he suggests any changes (now that it's in use) other than what I plan us to modify.

Thanks to all who participated and we'll plan another one soon to finalize our project.

Chip

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Hey Chief?

Sounds good, LMK when you all want to get together for this?

Howard

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