BRS GFO & Carbon Reactor - Single

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Easy to use, setup and maintain. Perfect for utilizing GFO and Carbon in the aquarium. No annoying thumb screws and leaky lids like other reactors. BRS recommends a Cobalt Aquatics MJ 1200 pump to operate this reactor. Sold separately or packaged with the pump. Choose a different pump depending on mounting height and amount of media used.
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Easy to use, setup and maintain. Perfect for utilizing GFO and Carbon in the aquarium. No annoying thumb screws and leaky lids like other reactors. BRS recommends a Cobalt Aquatics MJ 1200 pump to operate this reactor. Sold separately or packaged with the pump. Choose a different pump depending on mounting height and amount of media used.More

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Does the MJ1200 come with some kind of per filter so I'm not sucking up gunk in my pump?
Question by: Robbie on Oct 5, 2013 5:13:00 PM
Hey Robbie,
The pump does not come with them in the box but they are available (and suggested). I have included a link below:
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/maxi-jet-double-pack-prefilter.html
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Oct 5, 2013 5:13:00 PM
Can this be run inline with the biopellet reactor? What kind of flow rates would be required?
Question by: Paul on Oct 8, 2013 2:04:00 PM
Hey Paul,
You would want to run it separately from a biopellet reactor. The two medias require different rates of flow and would have negative effects on each other :-)
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Oct 8, 2013 2:04:00 PM
how much total combined media will single reactor hold carbon & gfo together...
Question by: eric on Sep 12, 2013 10:26:00 AM
Hey Eric,
The max capacity for the reactor would be a total of 3 cups of media if it doesn't need to tumble (like carbon/gfo mix). If you were actually maxing out the reactor though you might want to consider a larger pump then the standard mj1200.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Sep 12, 2013 10:26:00 AM
I am wanting to get a y fitting for this and wondering what size i need.... i am going to run another line to something else. I have 300' of 3/8 tubing at the house and would like to use it!!!
Question by: Chris on Feb 19, 2014 1:08:00 PM
Hey Chris,
All of our reactors use 1/2" tubing and fittings, hopefully you have some of that laying around too!
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Feb 19, 2014 1:08:00 PM
I lost my o-ring. The canister leaking water on the cabinet. Replacement
Question by: Bill on Jul 22, 2014 12:41:00 PM
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Jul 22, 2014 12:41:00 PM
If I use a carbon reactor in my sump, will i need to continue using the carbon in filter bags in the sump basket? I assume the answer is no, but by removing the media bags, not all of the water of the water will be filtered through carbon before returning to the display.

Also, do I place both the intake and output hoses of the reactor in the same sump chamber? Or should the outflow go directly into the last chamber with the main return pump?
Question by: Noah on Apr 29, 2014 11:43:00 AM
Hi Noah,
No need to run carbon in a bag when your using a reactor. The idea isn't to run all of the water through the carbon in each pass (which largely isn't happening now either as you will get things like channeling with a bag). When it comes to which chambers of the sump, most people return to the same chamber as you don't have to worry about creating odd siphoning issues but largely its just a matter of convenience. Your cycling the water from the tank over and over again so its not a big deal :-)
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Apr 29, 2014 11:43:00 AM
What is the recommended tank size for the single reactor?
Question by: geoff on Apr 30, 2014 6:48:00 PM
Hi Geoff,
It has a capacity of 2 cups of GFO or 3 cups of carbon. How big of a tank that works for really depends on what specific media you plan to run. What type of GFO or carbon were you planning to use in the reactor?
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Apr 30, 2014 6:48:00 PM
What other pump would work with the reactor to run GFO? Thanks.
Question by: Stephan on Mar 11, 2014 7:14:00 PM
Hi Stephan,
Really just about any pump in the 300gph range will do the trick, the Cobalt MJ1200 just happens to be any easy fit. The only pump I would avoid is the marineland maxijet 1200, as they are quiet loud when used for this purpose.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Mar 11, 2014 7:14:00 PM
I would like to run this and a dual reactor off of a Y valve coming from my return pump. My return line is 1" schedule 80 PVC. I would like it to split off right after the anti-siphon valve, with one side of the Y going toward my reactors, and the other side as a return to the tank. My reactors use the normal 1/2" flexible tubing supplied with the reactors.

What adapters would I need to facilitate that connection? I know I will need a 1" PVC Y valve, but from there, I need something to knock down 1" PVC to a 1/2 flexible push connector. I can split that Y again for the 2 reactors. Help?
Question by: Adam on Aug 19, 2014 9:47:00 AM
Hi Adam,

You will want to use a Reducing Bushing 1” Spigot x 1/2” Female Thread and a 1⁄2" Male NPT x 1⁄2" Push Connect to adapt your reactor plumbing to your return line.
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/schedule-80-reducing-bushing-spigot-x-female-thread.html
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/mur-lok-male-npt-x-push-connect-1.html

I would avoid multiple Y fittings and make a manifold using a T off you main line running to another T for one reactor and then the end of the line going to your second reactor.

I know its difficult to describe so take a look at this to get an idea of what I am going for.
http://hgtv.sndimg.com/HGTV/2008/01/31/gby1603_water-feature-f_manifold-in-pieces_lg.jpg

Each output will need a valve as will the line going to your tank. Getting the flow right to each reactor and your display tank can be a little tricky but you should only need to do it once.

Hope this helps!
Have a great day :)
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Aug 19, 2014 9:47:00 AM
In the video series of how to start a saltwater tank they use some elbows not included to help hold the plumbing in the tank for us that don't have sumps. I was wondering what pieces they were exactly and where/what hardware store it was gotten from? I checked my local Lowes and had no luck finding similar parts.
Question by: taylor on Mar 18, 2014 10:54:00 AM
Hi Taylor,
They are just 1/2" push connect elbows. Its possible you may be able to find that at the local hardware store, though 1/2" is a bit larger then they usually come. If not they can be found right here:
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/catalog/product/view/id/2026/
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Mar 18, 2014 10:54:00 AM
what size tubing comes with the single reactor and can it be replaced with a more pliable tubing. I purchased one of these units and had trouble bending the tubing into the location I wanted, it is quite ridged and tough to bend.
Question by: Todd on May 14, 2014 5:17:00 PM
Hi Todd,
It is 1/2" RO tubing. More can be found at the link below. Honestly it wouldn't really be worth it to try and adapt to a different type of tubing as you would basically have to rebuild the whole filter. I would suggest just using a push connect elbow if you need to go around a corner, that way you also won't have any issues with kinking.

http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/1-2-mur-lok-polyethylene-ro-tubing.html

http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/mur-lok-ro-elbow-union-push-connect.html
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on May 14, 2014 5:17:00 PM
How do I run both GFO & Carbon in the same reactor? (not mixed). Any sort of divider in the middle to be used?
Question by: Navdeep on Jun 10, 2014 6:45:00 PM
Hey there,
If you are going to use them both in the same reactor but not mixed, you would use a sponge pad as a divider. That said though, if you aren't going to mix them you may be better off with a dual reactor which will make it much easier to change the media.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Jun 10, 2014 6:45:00 PM
Do you sell the sponges separately? Mine are dirty and will clog very quickly even after a solid cleaning.
Question by: Daniel on Feb 27, 2015 4:07:00 AM
Great Question Daniel!
We certainly do, the replacement pads for our reactors can be found here: http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/brs-reactor-replacement-pads-hard-shell.html.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Feb 27, 2015 4:07:00 AM
Can you run this if you don't have a sump?

Thanks.
Question by: Matt on Apr 3, 2014 6:28:00 PM
Hey Matt,
Its not a problem to mount the reactor behind the tank or something to that effect as well. It doesn't hang on back, but so long as you have somewhere to put it, its not problem at all to use it on a tank without a sump.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Apr 3, 2014 6:28:00 PM
I am setting up a 120 gal tank and I was wondering if this unit will work for that size of tank? Thank you
Question by: Daniel on Apr 4, 2014 4:04:00 PM
Hey Daniel,
That shouldn't be a problem at all. The reactor should have enough room to hold the amount of media you need to run with just about any type of GFO or carbon you use on a tank that size.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Apr 4, 2014 4:04:00 PM
Do you carry replacement sponge disks for the media cylinder for this reactor?
Question by: Matt on Apr 10, 2015 5:35:00 AM
Great Question Matt! We certainly do, replacement pads can be found here: http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/brs-reactor-replacement-pads-hard-shell.html
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Apr 10, 2015 5:35:00 AM
When changing the filter media in th BRS media reactor, what are the steps that need to be taken? I was conserned about getting water everywhere when unscrewing the lid of the reactor to change out media. Thank you BRS!
Question by: Landon on Oct 2, 2013 5:30:00 AM
Hey Landon,
Changing the media is actually really easy. You just want to make sure that the pump is off and then you unscrew the bottom canister. While you might spill a few drops if your careful almost all of the water will stay in the bottom canister and you can carry the canister media and water to the sink to drain it and replace the media. You can leave the main bracket mounted, the pump in the tank, etc.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Oct 2, 2013 5:30:00 AM
What is the difference between this one and the brs biopellet reactor? Can I use this one to run biopelletes?
Question by: Xing on Jan 26, 2014 1:54:00 AM
The biopellet reactor doesn't have sponges and comes with fittings to adapt to larger size pumps (which are generally necessary with biopellet reactors). This reactor will physically hold them but wouldn't come with the fittings for larger size pumps.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Jan 26, 2014 1:54:00 AM
Will this hang on the back of my DT? If not can you recommend a quality HOB model and pump?
Question by: Kevin on Sep 9, 2013 1:37:00 PM
Hey Kevin,
The BRS reactor does not hang on the back. Units that hang on the back aren't as common, the phosban reactor is the model most folks will use in that situation. The same cobalt mj1200 is a great pump option for it as well.

http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/index.php/catalog/product/view/id/482/
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Sep 9, 2013 1:37:00 PM
Is this the same as the one for use with bio pellets? Just with foam pads, or is the cartridge different?
Question by: Daniel on Nov 7, 2013 5:31:00 AM
Hey Daniel,
The biopellet reactor doesn't have foam pads and it also includes fittings for a larger pump (bigger pump is needed for biopellets) wheras the gfo/carbon reactor only comes with an adapter for the cobalt pumps.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Nov 7, 2013 5:31:00 AM
Do you sell replacement foam pieces to hold the media in place? Mine have lost their spring.
Question by: Steven on Jan 24, 2014 3:13:00 PM
Hey Steven,
We sure do! You can find them right here:
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/catalog/product/view/id/1665/
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Jan 24, 2014 3:13:00 PM

Full Details

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 three cups of carbon (Approx. 300g) or two cups of GFO (Approx 290g)
  • Dimensions: 14"H x 8.5"W x 5.5"
  • Pump (optional) and media sold separately

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  • Flawless execution. By Rivers on 8/29/2015

    I bought this product after noticing that my water was a little yellow. the fish seemed happy, and all the parameters were in line, but it wasn't as pretty as I'd like. It was easy to install, and is easy to maintain. Coupled with the Cobalt Aquatics MJ1200 pump, the water was crystal clear by the time I woke up the next morning and has stayed clear since.
  • Works great By dyates442 on 8/18/2015

    Works great holds plenty of media
  • great product By Mac on 8/3/2015

    its well made and easy to use,
  • Good By Tony on 7/27/2015

    Good quality of the reactor!! Quite and small pump!! Works great
  • Good reactor and great price By JT on 7/11/2015

    This is a great reactor for the price. It's compares favorable to reactors costing more then double the cost. The rotating john guest fittings make setup easy and it comes with pretty much all the parts you need to make it work.
  • Must have By kyle on 7/7/2015

    Easy setup. Runs great
  • Great setup By Rose on 7/6/2015

    This design allows for a TON of flexibility. Pump is of good quality and the reactor canister is well built. I highly recommend!
  • Quality Reactor Works Great. By RG on 6/18/2015

    I use it to tumble about a cup of Purigen @ 30gph. I made some minor mods using Sea Chem's The Bag and it works great.
  • Well put together, easy to use By Andrew on 6/12/2015

    This is a very easy piece of equipment to use. The tubes running from the pump to the reactor and back to the tank are on the stiffer side, so you'll need to cut them for your specific space. There's plenty of length on them though, and they're so easy to connect through the push fittings.

    It really didn't take much time to get it going and get my GFO tumbling at the right rate. I was worried about how much of a difference running the GFO in the reactor vs passively through a bag would benefit me and if it was worth the additional cost. But so far I would definitely say so. I'm only running half the dose of GFO so far, and the use of my mag float on my glass is really spread out now, so there's that.
  • Quality Unit By discus dave on 6/12/2015

    I installed this on my 125 gallon discus tank. It was a simple installation that took all of 5 minutes to complete. Water was crystal clear overnight.
  • 5 stars hands down By troy on 5/27/2015

    Cheap,good,quality and works as expected
  • bought a second one By black350 on 5/18/2015

    these are the best in the market i have seen so far.

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