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    Perserverance Pays off, I finally have my Ca reactor

    Well about 4 months i ago i started buying parts for my Ca reactor saving and putting bits of money away here and there and tonight i'm finally ready to fire it up. I thought i would never get it all together! I started off getting my C02 tank off reefcentral, it was a 20lb tank used which i got for 95$ US after shipping, then i got a milwaukee solenoid bubble counter and regulator brand new in box off ebay for about 85$ US after shipping, then i got a dual stage reactor pump and media from harley and ijo for around 250$CDN, then when i go to get my tank filled at liquid air, they tell me they can't fill it becuase it hasn't been tested and they want 45$ for c02 and 50$ for the test and they have to ship it out to do it, so out of frustration i called everyplace i could think of to find a better deal and i found a place called FTI ( fluid technology ) and they said they could hydrostatic test it for 18$ and fill it for 16.75!!! What a deal, so i just got it back and i'm snapping the regulator on, i'll let you all know how i make out later on tonight.
    I realize to most of you a Ca reactor isn't that exciting or that big of a deal lol but i've wanted one forever and trying to pay for school and get one has been a pain
    Mark
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    congrats man!! must be exciting...

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    Way to go Mark, excellent investment. You'll likely find it a bit frustrating getting started but once they're "dialed in" they are wonderful. You have to do a lot of calcium and alk tests in the beginning but it's well worth it.
    Susan

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    What should my bubble counter be going at
    Mark
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    Fishmonger,

    Congrats on the Calcium reactor!! Any new Aquarium equipment is always met with great excitement! Especially after waiting and building it up piece by piece as you did...
    I'll be reading your experience thoroughly as I too, will be setting up my first ever Ca reactor very soon. I'm only missing my C02 tank now... I got a ReefSolutions dual chamber reactor, got a milwaukee regulator/solenoid/bubble counter (Nice piece of equipment, huh?), got my ARM media...

    Here's a link that may be VERY helpful for you... Percula99 started a thread while dialing in his Ca reactor that he got from Harley... Being that it's the same model, it really should help.

    http://aquariacanada.com/forums/show...&threadid=3344

    I am Homer of BORG... Prepare to be..OOOO!! DONUT!!!!!!

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    Cool , the irony is i ran out of my alk test kit lol and i have to wait a week to get another from jl
    Mark
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    Acrylic City Kalk Reactor
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    Have you checked if Ivan has any ALK test kits in stock? He normally keeps a good inventory on Salifert...
    I am Homer of BORG... Prepare to be..OOOO!! DONUT!!!!!!

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    No i haven't but i have a order coming in from jl anyway with free shipping for a customer that i maintain the tank of
    Mark
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    Hmmm so it seems like with a tank only 50 gallons my bubbles per minute should be really low!
    Rigth now its like 30 or 40
    Mark
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    Pro Cal Calcium Reactor
    Acrylic City Kalk Reactor
    Euroreef CS6-3 Skimmer
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    It's all just guidelines. Every tank is different and will have different needs. However, it's a good starting point.
    Susan

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