CO2 Reactor Videos

  1. BRStv Product Spotlight Ice Cap CO2 Scrubbers

    Solve your reef tank pH issues with a compact Ice Cap CO2 Scrubber. Three sizes that fit your tank!

    See what Thomas has to say about the NEW Ice Cap CO2 scrubbers!
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  2. Building a DIY recirculating CO2 scrubber with your skimmer - #AskBRStv Live

    Building a DIY recirculating CO2 scrubber with your skimmer - #AskBRStv Live

    Get MORE life from your CO2 Scrubber media? Today Ryan and Randy will show you how to DIY your CO2 Scrubber into recirculation mode!    Missed Ryan and Randy Live?   #AskBRStv Live Streams are available in Podcast form! Check them out on iTunes and Google Play below! BRStv on Itunes - https://brs.li/AskBRStv_iTunes_Podcast BRStv on Google - https://brs.li/AskBRStv_Google_Podcast

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  3. How to raise pH in a reef tank with a beta recirculating CO2 scrubber - BRStv Reef FAQs

    How to raise pH in a reef tank with a beta recirculating CO2 scrubber - BRStv Reef FAQs

    Using CO2 removal media to remove CO2 from the air going into your protein skimmer is one of the most efficient ways to increase pH in your reef aquarium when too much dissolved CO2 is suppressing your tank’s pH. We already have some excellent videos on how to raise pH in a reef tank with an entire episode dedicated to CO2 scrubbers. Back in 2017, we followed a post by Reef2Reef user Velcro who described a recirculating type installation of a CO2 scrubber that results in a much more efficient use of the CO2 removal media compared to the traditional installation. Recirculating BETA vs. Traditional CO2 Scrubbers A standard CO2 scrubber installation on your protein skimmer pulls air from the room around your tank so it is constantly scrubbing new air. The result is often scrubbing way more air than is necessary to achieve your goal of increasing pH in your reef. In a closed off area like a fish room this may be less impactful but in a living

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  4. How to raise pH in saltwater tank with a CO2 scrubber - BRStv Reef FAQs

    How to raise pH in saltwater tank with a CO2 scrubber - BRStv Reef FAQs

    For those of you looking for the growth and metabolic health benefits of maintaining a pH of 8.3, scrubbing CO2 is one of the easiest and most reliable ways to achieve that goal. Presuming you are maintaining alkalinity properly, high carbon dioxide (CO2) in the air surrounding your tank is the #1 cause of low pH. Excess CO2 in the air transfers to the tank via natural gas exchange and creates carbonic acid which lowers the pH of the tank. An air exchanger on your AC or furnace is the best solution but it is expensive if you don’t already have one. Opening a window and/or doors for 24 hours will let the excess CO2 escape also and should be your first step in order to identify that CO2 is indeed your problem. If pH rises after opening the windows for 24 hours, then you can be fairly confident that excess CO2 is suppressing the pH in your aquarium. How to use a CO2 Scrubber Since keeping windows and doors open

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  5. Top 5 Tips: How to raise pH in reef tanks and saltwater tanks | Reef FAQs

    Top 5 Tips: How to raise pH in reef tanks and saltwater tanks | Reef FAQs

    Holding a steady pH as close to 8.3 as possible has some significant benefits in a reef aquarium. Specifically for coral growth, health and metabolic processes which is why reef tank owners shoot for this number. A vast majority of low pH problems are either because of low alkalinity or too much carbon dioxide in the air surrounding your tank. By definition, pH is a scale of acidity from 0 to 14. Alkalinity is the capability of water to neutralize acid and carbon dioxide levels have a direct correlation with the amount of carbonic acid in the tank. So the better the ability to neutralize acid and the lower the carbonic acid, the higher the pH we can achieve. . #5 - Maintain alkalinity properly Alkalinity is the number one parameter to monitor and maintain in your reef tank; more important than calcium, magnesium, pH and, in some ways, even salinity. The commonly recommended target of 8.5 dKH is a safe range because it allows for dosing or testing

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  6. Reef Tank pH, benefits of raising saltwater aquarium pH - BRStv Investigates

    Reef Tank pH, benefits of raising saltwater aquarium pH - BRStv Investigates

    There is no shortage of research articles about the effects of ocean acidification on coral reefs. Many of them stating that a drop in pH as little as 8.2 to 8.1 are having major impacts on coral growth, larval survivability and the overall health of a wild reef. It only makes sense to assume similar effects would happen in our captive reef tanks. Do corals really grow faster at a pH of 8.3 vs 7.8? For what it is worth, there is clear science as to why we should see better growth rates among corals when raising pH in a reef tank to 8.3. Within the coral tissue, it is predominantly combining bicarbonate alkalinity and calcium ions to create its calcium carbonate skeleton. The coral has to maintain a fairly high Ph within its tissue in order for this process to occur. The byproduct of that calcium carbonate creation is the release of hydrogen ions, that hydrogen now contributes to acidification inside the coral’s tissue. In order

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  7. Do secondary calcium reactor chambers scrub excess CO2 & increase effluent pH? - BRStv Investigates

    Do secondary calcium reactor chambers scrub excess CO2 & increase effluent pH? - BRStv Investigates

    Every calcium reactor has a primary chamber that recirculates CO2 and melts the calcium reactor media, however, some reactors have a secondary reaction chamber intended to be filled with additional calcium carbonate media. This secondary or effluent chamber is then supposed to increase the pH of the solution by removing some of the dissolved CO2 and also increase the calcium carbonate concentration because of the longer contact time with the media. We put this to the test in order to answer two questions: 1. Will secondary calcium reactor chambers, intended to off-gas excess CO2, really result in a higher pH of the effluent/outlet solution and therefore help to maintain a higher pH in the display? 2. Will the secondary chamber increase the potency (amount of dissolved calcium carbonate) of the calcium reactor’s effluent solution? Calcium reactors will typically cause a slight drop in average pH values inside your

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  8. BRStv Investigates: Can high pH increase your coral growth rate?

    BRStv Investigates: Can high pH increase your coral growth rate?

    Today on BRStv, we are back with more BRStv Investigates! In this series, we explore popular reefing theories, products, methods, and what the manuals are missing, with a focus on putting them to the test! Ryan is back with pH testing and how it can affect coral growth. There are many different theories on why you should keep your pH around 8.4, but we want to know if there is any advantage to doing so. So with a Neptune Apex, some CO2 absorbent and a whole bunch of coral frags from World Wide Corals, we are putting it to the test. If you liked this episode, and want to watch more, keep an eye out because we release new BRStv Investigates episodes every Friday. We have many more tests that we are currently running and then a bunch more that we are on the verge of completing. If there is something you want us to investigate, make sure to let us know in the comments below. *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products

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  9. FAQ #40: Is pulling outside air better than a CO2 Scrubber?

    FAQ #40: Is pulling outside air better than a CO2 Scrubber?

    Today on BRStv, we have another episode of BRS 52 FAQ where we answer all of your frequently asked reefing questions from our popular 52 Weeks of Reefing series. This week we are answering googlereasllysucks question: "Would running a hose outside to fresh air and a CO2 scrubber have the same effect? I already do the hose but still have low pH?" If you have low pH there are some limited options to raise your tank pH directly without affecting other levels, and many of them won’t be able to hit that magical 8.2-8.4pH long term. Usually, low pH is due to excessive CO2 in the ambient air that is very common to find in most homes. There are medias that will absorb the CO2 and remove it from the air passing through, that can hook directly to the air intake of a protein skimmer. CO2 absorbent media does need to be replaced regularly depending on the amount of CO2 it is scrubbing out and the reactors size. Running a hose outside is going to be the best all-around long term solution. S

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  10. FAQ #25: Where can I get the solenoid valve used on the BRS160?

    FAQ #25: Where can I get the solenoid valve used on the BRS160?

    Today we're answering James Sparkman's question: "Any idea where to get a solenoid like that? I've googled it and can't find anything." *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not

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