DIY Algae Reactor ideas

Discussion in 'DIY' started by kinetic, Sep 11, 2017.

  1. xcaret

    xcaret Supporting Member

    Ikea has som LED strips that you can change color to your like.
     
  2. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    I don't remember exactly the red and blew also burnt out to. Stuck with these accel it's working not changing.
     
  3. RandyC

    RandyC Guest

    If you find a 6" diameter pvc pipe you can use the sticky side of the led strip to stick to the inside of the pvc pipe. No need for a fan. LEDs are cheap enough to replace if they burn out in 6-12 months.
     
  4. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    I mean you can get the reactor cheap from Avast, not the LEDs, since you did say DIY nothing says you need to source your parts from one source :)
     
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  5. Bruce Spiegelman

    Bruce Spiegelman Supporting Member

    I have a brand new set of the Marine Depot LED's still in package that I can trade or sell reasonably cheap.
     
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  6. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    OK, I think I'm going to try it.

    For the sake of already having 1/2" mur-lok tubing on hand, and having another canister filter already, I was thinking of getting the BRS deluxe:
    https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/brs-gfo-carbon-reactor-deluxe1.html

    It's BRS' deluxe reactor, which has the clearer versions of the canister and cartridge. Will that be too much diffused light still? I'm thinking it could be better to find a reactor that has a tube down the middle like the aquamaxx or avast?
     
  7. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Those rodi containers are not good reactors. Especially for algae my opinion.


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  8. RandyC

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    BRS reactor have pretty thick walls, so not sure how much light will penetrate through.
     
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  9. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    I have a avast marine ozone medium reactor that has a small leak since it's pressure use with ozone. You can have it free. It shouldn't leak on none pressure use. You can also reacrylic cement it.


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  10. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    Also, What if I got 4 heatsinks, and made a box around it?

    Here's an idea:

    Aquamaxx Reactor:
    https://www.marinedepot.com/AquaMax...ate_Reactors-AquaMaxx-UJ5311-FIFRISPR-vi.html

    It has a 4" diameter body that's 11.5" tall.

    Aluminum heatsinks:
    Get 4 aluminum heatsinks that are 4.85" wide, and fix them into a box around the body with the LED's attached to the box of heatsinks. This will give about .42" of space between the reactor and heatsink.
    http://www.heatsinkusa.com/4-850-wide-extruded-aluminum-heatsink/

    Not sure how to attach the heatsink to the reactor, but if the base of the reactor sticks out enough, maybe I could just epoxy it into place.
     
  11. RandyC

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  12. RandyC

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    I think you're over thinking it. ;) @scuzy been using his for a while without an issue. ive been running mine for a week, but it doesn't seem to get too hot. Barely warm to touch....40w of power isn't that much. If you're worried, just put a fan on it. Don't think heatsinks are needed.
     
  13. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    The LEDs don't get hot at all.


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  14. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    I probably am overthinking it... but it sounds fun to put a heatsink around it.
     
  15. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    Should I purchase a BioPellet or regular Carbon/GFO reactor for this? I'm not entirely sure what a biopellet reactor does differently...
     
  16. RandyC

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    Some biopellet reactors have what looks like spray nozzle at the end of the input pipe to create better flow to get pellets moving. I'd suggest just getting a fluidized media reactor (GFO/Carbon). I think the avast MR10 is a good size for the 170; it holds a gallon a water.


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  17. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    Thanks Randy!
     
  18. RandyC

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    I went to find a white 6" pvc pipe to reflect back any light spill over, but I couldn't find any at the local hardware stores. I did find 6" pvc couplers though which I thought was weird they had the couplers, but no pipe. Anyway, I stacked two of them on top of each other and most of the light doesn't bleed anymore.

    Here's 6 nights worth of growth.

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    Last edited: Sep 17, 2017
  19. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Home depot has a large 6 in PVC it's a small section like 24"


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