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Old 02-11-2014, 08:17 PM   #11
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I got the single from BRS and the recommended pump plus a pound of GFO.

What do you think the issue was with clogging? Too much flow?
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The pads in the cylinder inside the reactor get clogged up real easy from my experiences.
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I don't need pads for GFO, right?
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I run the pads always. More filtration is better. Just rinse them when I change media out every month.
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I run the pads always. More filtration is better. Just rinse them when I change media out every month.

What pads are you referring to?
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They come with 2 sponges that go at the top of the canister. It will catch a ton of junk and prevent anything from escaping the canister. Before them, I'd find filtration from the first in the second.
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BRS Dual Ca/GFO Reactors

If you're running high calcium levels, the stuff gums up in about a week. I don't use GFO anymore for that specific reason. I've tried different brands but none tumble much past a week then jams up no matter how much pump pressure you have. I need to investigate the reactor Carey is talking about. Others seem to have no issue with the stuff.

On the BRS unit the pads are necessary, but an additional pain.
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Here is the reactor I am using for biopellets on the 180g. It comes in a few different sizes, I have the medium one. I have been running it almost from day one on the tank and it has not even tried or almost clogged. It is running as perfect as it was the day I installed it. Its been I;'d say at least 2 months.

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And GFO doesn't gum up in it? Is there a filter on the outlet if you want to run something finer than beads?

BTW, how did you fare with the bio beads? I am convinced they grew cyano.

Sorry OP....hope we answered your question.

I run carbon continuously as I have a heavily populated coral reef and carbon keeps the toxins down.

I also use Purigen. It can be regenerated and it always sits there available to suppress a DOC spike. It also scrubs out selenium which can promote cyano algae.

Phosguard and GFO are pretty exchangeable as they do basically the same thing, grab phosphates.

All good products that can work in combinations without harm.
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Okay Carey! I investigated this reactor and have purchased the biggest one. Looks much more efficient than the BRS updraft versions. Hopefully it will tumble GFO properly without allowing it to gum up. Will post it on my thread when I set it up.
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