Can I use CO2 scrubber media in a bag like carbon and GFO?

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I know it is apparently more efficient and effective to run carbon and GFO in reactors, but I have an AIO and just place bags in my back chamber and they seem to do fine. I don't run a skimmer. Can I do the same with CO2 scrubber media or does it require a scrubber?

My pH runs consistently 7.6 -7.8. I'd like to get it above 8.0 for better coral growth.

I know not to use excessive carbon, because too much is not more effective, just wasteful. And I know using too much GFO can bottom out my PO4. Are there similar concerns with CO2 scrubber media?
 

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I know it is apparently more efficient and effective to run carbon and GFO in reactors, but I have an AIO and just place bags in my back chamber and they seem to do fine. I don't run a skimmer. Can I do the same with CO2 scrubber media or does it require a scrubber?

My pH runs consistently 7.6 -7.8. I'd like to get it above 8.0 for better coral growth.

I know not to use excessive carbon, because too much is not more effective, just wasteful. And I know using too much GFO can bottom out my PO4. Are there similar concerns with CO2 scrubber media?
If you want to increase ph then just dose kale using a dosing pump.
 

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Do not place CO2 scrubber media in the tank water. Normally the CO2 scrubber media goes in a reactor that is connected to the air intake on your skimmer. Dosing kalkwasser with a dosing pump is the best option to keep ph up (in my opinion). I use the Chris Meckley method. I have run a CO2 scrubber in the past and it definitely helped. However the media gets expensive and once I started dosing Kalk I felt it was not necessary. If however you do not want to dose kalk, BRS sells a very basic reactor for around $40. That is the one I used.
 

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i bought a co2 scrubber for my 69g from a gentleman here and it works well. So easy to set up. Just hook up hose to venturi on your skimmer

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not even recirculating it back into the skimmer and the media is still a decent amount white after 2 weeks and i’m getting a stable 8.3-8.4.
 
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