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The Mini Reactor will be very difficult to use with Bio-pellets, the reason is the pellets will clog very quickly due to the shape and design of the reactor body. We recommend a reactor designed specifically for Bio-pellets whenever possible. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Ideally this Will work on a max flow around 300 GPH, typically between 150 to 200 works great depending on the head height. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
You can choose to either split the return pump or use a separate pump. Both options will work well!
The phosban media can be used alone. It is not recommended to tumble media in the mini reactor as it is too small and may allow for clogging. there is not a need to mix Phosban with other media. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Are there any drawbacks to using the mini for both carbon and GFO?
The mini will hold 1.5 cups of media. It can be used with Carbon or carbon and GFO mixed together just fine however is too small for only GFO as it would clog. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
The mini is able to hold around 1.5 cups of media and would be too small for a 125 gallon tank. For that sized tank you will need the standard reactor. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
We do have replacement O-Rings which are the same as our other canisters. I have included a link below.
The MJ1200 can work great with 2 reactors. by connecting the tubing is a fairly easy option. The only issue is if you are planning on running GFO it will need to be mixed with Carbon on the Mini as the GFO will clog very quickly by itself in the Mini reactor. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
If High Capacity GFO and ROX 0.8 Carbon are used it can work. However standard GFO or Carbon will need a larger reactor.
The mini would be a little small and not hold enough media. We recommend the standard reactor instead. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
The BRS GFO & Carbon Reactor features several distinct advantages over other brands.
- Ultra-transparent media cartridge allows for clear viewing of reactor media
- Heavy duty plastic construction
- High quality easy to use double O-Ring push-connect fittings
- Easy to operate, clean and maintain
- Filter wrench included
- (2) 3 Ft. sections of tubing
- High quality ball valve for precise tuning
- Ability to run carbon and GFO at the same time
- Instantly attaches to popular pumps like Maxi-Jets using included push connect fittings
- 1/2" fittings and ports throughout reduce head pressure and provide ample flow rates
- Holds 1/2 cup of carbon (Approx. 50g) and 1/4 cup of GFO (Approx. 35g) mix or 3/4 cup of only carbon (Approx 105g)
- Dimensions: 9"H x 8"W x 5.5"
- Pump (optional) and media sold separately
PERFECT! By Scott on 6/29/2016Scott would recommend this product to a friendI must say i absolutely love this mini reactor!!! Included instructions are so short and sweet, it sets up in minutes! I used this in my mini reef tank (20gal breeder) i just set it up in my sump filled it with BRS ROX 0.8 Carbon and BRS High Capacity GFO and my water was crystal clear in about an hour! This is a must have for a new reefer or anyone with a small tank!
SIMPLE -- Works, & Effective. By Tim on 6/28/2016Tim would recommend this product to a friendVery simple, works well.
I use this with a 29g BioCube that's an SPS dominant reef with Zoa's on the bottom. I do weekly water changes, run an AquaMaxx Hob 1 skimmer and keep my water clean. This seriously brought it to another level, crystal clear water and a good response from my corals.
Carbon and GFO By William on 6/3/2016William wouldn't recommend this product to a friendWater flow is LOW so im not sure how much of a benefit this reactor is. I will be looking for alternative reactor.
Works just like it says it does By James on 5/26/2016James would recommend this product to a friendI've had this for a year now and I've never and problems with it. I read reviews about how they don't like the hard tubes that it comes with or that the connectors leak or that it doesn't tumble. The tubing is fine if you're using in/near a sump, if not, get different tubing. The connectors, like all push fitting connectors aren't meant to be disconnected and connected contently. It makes it easier if you need to make changes but the little rubber seal will wear down if you disconnect these to change the media every time. It's also not made to tumble, as it says. It's a really nice "reactor" for small spaces. the only thing I think it should come with that it doesn't is a filter for the pump. Using this without the pump filter is just a huge headache. It will clog in no time. Get the two pack, they just pull off and push back on in two seconds and you don't have to worry about clogging the canister.
Did the job until the first time I had to replace media then developed terrible leaks By none on 3/20/2016none wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThis product needs to be reconsidered. The ridged tubing it came with was completely useless. I ended up replacing it with flexible tubing from a hardware store. It worked fine until I had to replace the media. After the replacement both connectors on either side leaked. I tried all kinds of methods to resolve the issue, but the leak never stopped. The leak issue makes this product useless. The connector method needs to be re-evaluated.
Nice product By Pastelball on 3/7/2016Pastelball would recommend this product to a friendThis reactor is nice. Easy to setup and great for small places.
Great for small tanks By FlyinBryan on 3/1/2016FlyinBryan would recommend this product to a friendI suspend the jbj pump in tank to prevent vibrating noise. I mix go & carbon in chamber. I change out like once a week, it's a 5 minute process. All the tubes, hosing, pumps, and build quality, every7is just top quality.
My tank is pristine all the time!
Great addition to any reef tank! By Jason on 2/29/2016Jason would recommend this product to a friendI added the BRS Mini Reactor to my 27 gallon cube reef tank. I purchased the kit with the MJ1200 and the reactor is running flawlessly. I will probably run the reactor off my return pump in the near future to reduce the amount of equipment in my small eshopps nano cube fuge sump. I am running both carbon and GFO in my reactor currently, I wouldn't hesitate to add this to any reef system!
Not worth it By Adam on 2/23/2016Adam wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI really wanted to like this product. I like the design and build quality of the reactor. Using a tapwater filter cartridge and repurposing it as an aquarium media reactor was a genius idea. However this product has some serious implementation flaws that prevent me from recommending it to most people. I'm going to break down this review into the issues I found with the different components of the product and potential ways to fix them in future revisions.
First the pump that it comes with, the MJ1200, sucks. It's weak yet still manages to vibrate a lot and therefore makes a lot of noise. I have tried everything to absorb the vibration including silicone but it's just too much energy to dissapate. For $12 on ebay/amazon you can get a crappy generic chinese fountain pump that will outperform this thing in every way imaginable for half the cost. Including lifespan, noise, flow control, wattage, and head pressure. That's just sad. This could be fixed by offering a different choice of pump(s).
The second issue is the tubing. They use LLDPE. Even when treated with boiling water and a hairdryer to heat it up it's still way too rigid to produce a significant curvature with several feet of tubing. This made installation a royal pain and ultimately I couldn't place the reactor where I wanted to because I just couldn't get the tubing to bend enough. At the same time just as you can't bend it significantly you also can't straighten it significantly even with heat. So it manages to retain the worst traits of both hard and soft plumbing. And the adapters you would need to fix this (john guest elbows) are impossible to find at local hardware stores, difficult to find online, and expensive. I ended up just removing the tubing adapters on the reactor and replacing them with FPT PVC adapters so I could hard plumb it. They should offer different plumbing options with the necessary adapters preinstalled to fix this.
The third issue is the cartridge. The lid is extremely difficult to remove without applying so much force that it pops off and goes flying 10 ft. across the room. The strainer is way too fine for aquarium use. It gets clogged very easily as a result even if you prefilter the water going into it. It would help if they included a second larger sponge to place below the catridge to block debris from entering the bottom strainer.
The reactor itself is great. Everything else, not so much.
Very nice compact reactor By Olliesshop on 2/21/2016Olliesshop would recommend this product to a friendI purchased the Mini Reactor a month ago and am very pleased. I hung it just above the sump and it fit well in the small space I had available. I'm using a mixture of GFO/Rox 0.8 Carbon and it really cleans up the water well and reduce my Phosphates. It does get clogged up, though, since I don't have any mechanical filtration in my system. So once a week I spend about 5-10 minutes to clean and rinse the media, right in the cartridge (with the sponge taken out). Also, it's very well made with what appear to be durable components.
Positive Review By Jason on 2/16/2016Jason would recommend this product to a friendI needed a reactor with a small foot print.. The BRS Mini Reactor gives you just that. I have a 27 gallon cube drilled with the eshopps sump. The Marineland stand is small and I didn't have much room to work with. I added carbon to the reactor and GFO, flushed it and installed it on my system. I bought the package with the MJ1200 but may T off m return at some point to reduce the amount of power and outlets my system uses.
BRS Unboxing Mini Reactor Review & Setup on my system - https://youtu.be/I6ltBU-ZTTQ
My build thread with the BRS Mini reactor setup - http://www.reef2reef.com/threads/27-gallon-cube.207744/
Very noisy and leaks By Chase on 2/5/2016Chase wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI just got this reactor in the mail and right out the gate the joints leak like a waterfall. Not only does it leak but I ordered the model with the MJ1200 and it is loud as the dickens. No matter what I do the pump just hums away louder than my Reef Octopus 110 Int. I have already contacted BRS and hopefully the issues will be resolved.