ISTA Max Mix CO2 Reactor Medium 3" x 2" x 8.75 high (mfg #528)
I was using a different CO2 diffuser which was pretty much just an airstone inside a small plastic tube. The ISTA Max Mix works much better. I see no CO2 mist in the aquarium, but the plants are pearling like crazy so it is there, just very efficiently dissolved into the water. It was super easy to install. I have 16/22 mm hosing and did not need to use clamps on the hose. I used a length of velcro strap to tie it to the back brace leg of the aquarium stand. I also notice the soft drip-drip sound it makes, but find it rather pleasant. Over all, I am very happy with the ISTA Max Mix.
February 4, 2013
Great..and inexpensive too!!
I bought this as a replacement for my DIY reactor whihc worked well enough but was unattractive and bulky. This reactor is more efficient (as long as you get all the tubing on tight I had to use claps), and is kinda neat to watch. I had a hard time at first because my CO2 was not turned up high enough. If the spinner isn't spinning it isn't because the canister isn't working. Took me a few minutes to figure that out. I have mine mounted in my tank becuase I did not trust it not to fall off or over. It is behind a large Amazon and the fish like to agrue about who gets the hiding spot. Makes for more entertainment. Would recommend this product to anyone with CO2 DIY or pressurized. Love it.
October 23, 2012
wasn't sure how this would work, but is up and running great. thought i would see a lot of bubbles in the tank but it works so well cant see a one. and the plants are loving it , all kinds of new growth. thanks.
September 19, 2012
This is a good unit. I've had it operating for only a few weeks, but I think I've got a good idea about it.
Dead silent in the evening when the air has completely escaped, and a very quiet "drip drop" noise when injecting CO2. The bottom un-screws which looks like will be useful once it needs to be cleaned.
The only issue I have is the mounting hardware, pretty useless suction cups that I probably wouldn't trust, I'm looking for a cup holder to set it up inside my stand securely, but it's of little urgency because it works completely fine just resting inside the floor of the stand.
Overall, a good reactor, and what a great price.
September 6, 2012