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Old 10-06-2013, 12:12 AM   #1
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Phosban Reactor?

Did a little research on reactors with gfo, carbon, & purigen ran in them. Ive havent had a problem according to my API test with phosphates in a good while but not sure about silicates and what not. I still get a little hair algae and every now and again a reddish cyano/hair looking stuff. Just wondering what all the benefits are are running a reactor and with what media. I was looking at the 'two little fish' 150 model. What size pump would be good for 39 gallon tank with about a 20 gallon sump? I have a couple SPS frags im trying as well to have a mixed reef. Is it a smart investment?
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Old 10-06-2013, 01:35 AM   #2
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Every tank is different. Best to find what works for you. Hair algae and cyno are an indication of excess nutrients in the water. This can be nitrates and/or phosphates. May not show up on tests as they are being absorbed by the algae/cyno.

Water changes can be effective in keeping these in check along with not over feeding. Running various media can help as well.

Only thing I currently run in reactor is bio pellets. They work for me but may not work for you.
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Every tank is different. Best to find what works for you. Hair algae and cyno are an indication of excess nutrients in the water. This can be nitrates and/or phosphates. May not show up on tests as they are being absorbed by the algae/cyno.

Water changes can be effective in keeping these in check along with not over feeding. Running various media can help as well.

Only thing I currently run in reactor is bio pellets. They work for me but may not work for you.
Ok thanks. Makes since.
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Old 10-06-2013, 09:45 PM   #4
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Ok so what size pump should i go for on a TLF 150 reactor? MJ600? Or bigger? Can it tumble too much?
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Old 10-07-2013, 10:18 AM   #5
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Really depends on the media. some you want to tumble and some not at all. The reactor should have come with a valve on the input side to adjust the flow.
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Old 10-08-2013, 05:26 AM   #6
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I want to run gfo. I read great reviews on BRS gfo but does anyone know how their reactors are? Is the Two little fishies 150 better? Any exp. very welcome!
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I'm not sure which one I want Between the two little fishies and the bulk reef supply. The BRS looks to be made better but i dont know. I plan to run GFO with a maxi jet 600.
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I use the dual reactor from brs. Great unit, but I wish I'd have gone with 2 single rather than the dual. The second chamber can struggle with flow and can make a mess with gfo needing to tumble and other media not wanting it to.
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I use the dual reactor from brs. Great unit, but I wish I'd have gone with 2 single rather than the dual. The second chamber can struggle with flow and can make a mess with gfo needing to tumble and other media not wanting it to.
I read that too. I think im gonna go with the single from BRS
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So I orderes a BFS single reactor, a cobalt mj600, and a pound of BRS GFO. I plan to just run the GFO, not with carbon. Any pointers or exp.? How much GFO for 39 gallon tank with 15-20gallon sump?
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Start out using a small amount of gfo. to much you can crash your system.
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Ok, didnt know that! Is there a minimum amout to run in it?
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BRS has instructions with their GFO. I want to say they suggest a couple tablespoons to start with and you work your way up.
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BRS has instructions with their GFO. I want to say they suggest a couple tablespoons to start with and you work your way up.
Ok cool. How long does the gfo usually last? I dont have a big phosphate problem. About 3 weeks I read somewhere. Is this correct?
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I changed mine out monthly. Tbh, I hate gfo. It needs a low tumble that I could never get right. I tried out resins, but only last 15 days. I'm using phosban right now, which is still gfo but well see how it goes.
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I changed mine out monthly. Tbh, I hate gfo. It needs a low tumble that I could never get right. I tried out resins, but only last 15 days. I'm using phosban right now, which is still gfo but well see how it goes.
Once a month would be great considering the price of GFO. What pump are you using on yours?
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I think it is a rio something. I don't know what pump I'm running my dual reactor. Don't remember to be honest.
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I have the tlf 150. It's been running or about 2 months. I really like it. You need to play with the valve to get it dialed in. I run phosban and have little tumbling. I use an ac30.
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I think it is a rio something. I don't know what pump I'm running my dual reactor. Don't remember to be honest.
I read bad reviews in the dual reactor from BRS. Even they recommend 2 single reactors. It seems like a great idea but the flow usually gets restricted from the first reactor so people say. Which reactor is your gfo in? 1st or 2nd? Just curious.
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Gfo goes into the first one. And yes, your right 2 singles is better for flow.
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