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Old 06-01-2013, 08:32 PM   #11
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What GFO were you all using? I'm using the BRS high capacity GFO in their single reactor and it tumbles fine with no clogs/dust. Just wondering what you guys use.
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Old 06-01-2013, 08:40 PM   #12
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I was using HC GFO from BRS aswell
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I was using their less expensive GFO. Is the premium stuff hard enough not to grind? How about clumping up?

I am using the bio beads in this reactor now and I will report how I like them. The chemistry behind them makes perfect sense to me and I hope they work.
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Sounds like you have to much water flow through reactor if its grinding up
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Old 06-01-2013, 08:45 PM   #15
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Good call on the bio beads Greg. Hopefully there'll be some good news in the future. Let us know how they turn out.

As for the premium GFO, i noticed it was a bit harder than the regular version. I haven't really kept tabs on the stuff since it works just fine for me. I'll take a look next time I swap out the stuff.
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Old 06-01-2013, 08:50 PM   #16
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Bio Beads will not really lower PO4 that much. They are more for NO3 and remove some PO4 by over working the skimmer.
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Old 06-01-2013, 08:57 PM   #17
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Rick, I'm using the high capacity Gfo from brs as well. Any tips for those of us with a dual reactor? Considering a stronger pump.
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Rick, I'm using the high capacity Gfo from brs as well. Any tips for those of us with a dual reactor? Considering a stronger pump.
Hank, do you have a valve on both the in and out of the reactor? I've found that to help considerably. But to be honest, I stayed away from the dual reactor just because it would be difficult to fine tune each reactor to my liking.

Have you thought of teeing off of your return pump? I'm having good results doing it this way. I've put a 1/2 inch pvc ball valve after the T before it hits my reactor, and then using the BRS valve on the output. It's helped to get things the way I want them.
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There isn't a valve between them and I have the pump feedin them going full tilt.

I've thought about t off from the return, but I want to do an algae turf scrubber off of that as the overwhelming algae that'll grow in my Refugium should just be utilized for helping rather than being a pain to clean up.
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Yeah, seems like you may need something a bit stronger then to feed your dual reactor. Or you could just T off your return for now and then figure it out later when you get your algae scrubber going.
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