BRS GFO & Carbon Reactor – Deluxe

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The Deluxe reactor has a slimmer form as the bracket is molded directly into the canister head, as well as integrated push connect fittings to keep things as compact as possible.  Along with the standard easy to use push connect tubing, flow control, and a refillable cartridge.  We took easy to find components to keep things cheap, while designing an efficient easy to refill reactor for aquarium use.  We keep hearing our reactors are the easiest to refill even when compared to others three times the price.  When changing the media is easy you are more likely to do it in a timely fashion as well.  We also recommend having an extra refillable cartridge on hand to make changing media that much easier.


Deluxe BRS GFO & Carbon Reactor comes with the following features over our standard BRS reactor.



  • Sleek black styling

  • Heavy duty built In bracket

  • Included elbows for easy hose routing

  • Pressure release for allowing air to escape

  • Lower profile canister with increased transparency.


Ultra-transparent media cartridge allows for clearest viewing of reactor media

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Why does BRS recommend this?

The Deluxe reactor has a slimmer form as the bracket is molded directly into the canister head, as well as integrated push connect fittings to keep things as compact as possible.  Along with the standard easy to use push connect tubing, flow control, and a refillable cartridge.  We took easy to find components to keep things cheap, while designing an efficient easy to refill reactor for aquarium use.  We keep hearing our reactors are the easiest to refill even when compared to others three times the price.  When changing the media is easy you are more likely to do it in a timely fashion as well.  We also recommend having an extra refillable cartridge on hand to make changing media that much easier.

Deluxe BRS GFO & Carbon Reactor comes with the following features over our standard BRS reactor.

  • Sleek black styling
  • Heavy duty built In bracket
  • Included elbows for easy hose routing
  • Pressure release for allowing air to escape
  • Lower profile canister with increased transparency.

Ultra-transparent media cartridge allows for clearest viewing of reactor mediaMore

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Im looking to upgrade my dual reactors version for my 180g mixed reef due to more bioload now, will this deluxe size here work for running GFO (regular media) and Carbon (Rox type) separately? According to the reef calculation chart or should I go with the Jumbo version? Also is the fitting hose the same size as the dual version hose? Thanks
Question by: Hai on Dec 17, 2013 12:06:00 AM
Hi Hai,
You would want the jumbo as the deluxe would not be large enough for running the GFO as it would require more then the 2 cup capacity of the reactor for GFO. ROX carbon would be fine in the deluxe though though. The hose on all of the BRS reactors is the same 1/2" hose.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Dec 17, 2013 12:06:00 AM
Can this reactor be hooked up to another one> in order to run GFO and carbon separately while using the same pump?
Question by: Raul on Apr 7, 2014 6:40:00 AM
Hey Raul,
It can be physically but generally isn't recommended as in practice it requires a lot larger pump if connected in series, and if connected in parallel can be a bit of a pain to keep the reactors in tune.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Apr 7, 2014 6:40:00 AM
How does the MJ 1200 connect to the reactor. The tubing included does not fit.
Question by: Doug on Feb 3, 2014 12:36:00 PM
Hi Doug,
There is a small 1/2" push connect union that connects the two, it is white and looks a lot like the grey ball valve but without the valve (though you could actually use the ball valve itself if you wanted as well).
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Feb 3, 2014 12:36:00 PM
Where can I find replacement O rings for this reactor?
Question by: David Martin on Apr 9, 2014 5:58:00 PM
Hi David,
This one right here would do the trick:
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/catalog/product/view/id/1378/
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Apr 9, 2014 5:58:00 PM
Can you use bio medias such as Dr. Tim's Bio Pellets or NPX Bio Pellets or any other brands, or just GFO and Carbon medias. I'm looking for something that will be universal, not just one type of scenario. And why the larger mag drive pump, isn't the media supposed to tumble slowly for a even flow.
Question by: Joe on Apr 10, 2014 12:14:00 PM
Hi Joe,
It wouldnt be a big issue to use the deluxe reactor with something like biopellets so long as you remove the sponges and it will generally require a larger pump, though its capacity for biopellets is about a cup so its only suitable for small tanks. Biopellets usually require a pretty good flow rate otherwise they clump together and don't tumble at all, hence the larger pump.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Apr 10, 2014 12:14:00 PM
The red air release button on top of my unit came off (broke off?) while I was changing media and it seems to be missing a part. I have the button and a small spring, but it looks like there may have been a hex head screw inside the button? Can I get a replacement?.
Question by: Steve on Feb 7, 2016 8:07:00 PM
Great question!
We unfortunately do not have replacement pressure release components or canisters for the deluxe models. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Feb 10, 2016 6:04:00 PM
Does the deluxe come with upgraded connectors and silicone tubing or do you have to purchase that separate? Thanks
Question by: Tim on Aug 20, 2015 9:44:00 PM
Great question!
The deluxe will ship with standard polyethylene tubing. It will come with the same high quality mur-lok connectors however. If you would like to switch to silicon tubing we do have a separate kit available.
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/brs-reactor-silicone-tubing-upgrade-kit.html
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Aug 21, 2015 2:35:00 PM
My canister top inlet elbow is broken. Do you sell the parts so that I can replace it? If not, wonder where I can buy one instead of replace the entire unit?
Question by: Alfred on Nov 17, 2015 1:26:00 AM
Great question!
We have replacement elbows available which are stem x push for replacement of the Deluxe elbow. I have included the link below!

Black Elbow - 1⁄2" Stem x 1⁄2" Push Connect
SKU: 100022
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/mur-lok-ro-elbow-stem-x-push-connect.html
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Nov 17, 2015 3:40:00 PM
I purchased one of your deluxe units today to run carbon only on a 65 gallon tank. In combination with a skimmer will phosphates be an issue or is a GFO reactor the only means? I have fish only now and will do corals after established for a year.
Question by: Christopher Williams on Feb 8, 2016 2:26:00 PM
Great question!
For phosphate control we find GFO to be one of the best supplements and easily can be incorporated into your reactor you already have! You can mix GFO and Carbon together in the reactor (making sure the GFO is not touching which may cause clogging) Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Feb 10, 2016 2:07:00 PM
I'm completely new to this and setting up my first tank. So far I am starting out with a 75g and incorporating a herbie style overflow to feed my 20g long sump/refugium that has an eshopps s120 skimmer. Instead of running socks, can I run this and plumb it in to the hardline with no pump needed? I was thinking of running both carbon and gfo in the deluxe together, will this be sufficient for a 75g?
Question by: Steve Crosier on Jan 27, 2016 5:23:00 AM
Great question!
Overall you will need filter sock to remove larger particles from the tank! The reactor is used for carbon and GFO filtration to remove odors, colors and with GFO phosphate from the water. Running both GFO and carbon in the deluxe will work with the 75 gallon just fine! Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Feb 3, 2016 5:18:00 PM
When using gfo in the reactor do u need to use the road sponge pads?
Question by: robert on Feb 20, 2014 2:52:00 PM
Hi Robert,
It is not required when running GFO as its ok (and usually encouraged) for the GFO to tumble. It is also coarse enough that it largely won't fall through the bottom of the cartridge (not that it hurts anything if it does either).
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Feb 20, 2014 2:52:00 PM
What size filter pads does this unit need?
Are they 3 inch round with a center hole or 4 inch with an offset hole?
Question by: Frank on Feb 23, 2014 11:49:00 AM
Hi Frank,
These don't use any sort of standard size sponge, it uses sponges specifically made for the reactor cartridges which can be found right here:
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/catalog/product/view/id/1665/

Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Feb 23, 2014 11:49:00 AM
I have a 300 gallons what kind reactor do I need for GFO and carbon to run my 300.?

Thank you

John
Question by: John huynh on Oct 30, 2015 9:19:00 PM
Great question!
If you use regular Bituminous Carbon you will need a reactor which can hold over 3 cups of Media. This can Include our BRS Jumbo Reactor which holds up to 6 cups. As for GFO if you select standard GFO you will need 4-5 cups total of media. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Nov 2, 2015 2:03:00 PM
Do you sell the O-Rings for this reactor? Mine are wearing out and stretching and I'd like to have a backup... Thanks!
Question by: seth on Mar 11, 2014 3:01:00 PM
Hey Seth,
We sure do! These would be what you are looking for:
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/catalog/product/view/id/1378/
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Mar 11, 2014 3:01:00 PM
I refilled my reactor, let the pumprun to clear the fines and then reinstalled in my sump. Now it will not function. Pump is not obstructed yet I get no flow through reactor. The valve is wide open as well. Any thoughts?
Question by: chris on Jan 6, 2014 5:51:00 PM
Hey Chris,
The first thing I would check is to make sure the reactor cartridge isn't in crooked. Assuming thats the case make sure the pump is pumping water (not air locked or something). Assuming it is pumping water, disconnect the tubes to see where the flow stops at. There isn't much (or really anything) to go wrong with one, so its most likely something silly like a closed valve or misaligned part. If you don't find the problem let us know and we will help you figure it out.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Jan 6, 2014 5:51:00 PM
I just ordered my second delux BRS reactor, so I can use one for gfo and the other for carbon. How can I connect the two so they can run together like the double unit you guys sell? Thanks!
Question by: Ivis on Mar 17, 2014 6:08:00 PM
Hi Ivis,
It would be as simple as connecting the output from one reactor to the input of the next reactor. This setup isn't as ideal with two independent reactors though as the extra tubing and fittings will add extra drag, so a larger pump may be necessary.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Mar 17, 2014 6:08:00 PM
Can this reactor be installed below the tank in the stand with the pump and tubes running up to the tank? I have no sump and I do not want to install this reactor above my tank.
Question by: Adam Lawless on Jan 20, 2016 5:53:00 PM
Great question!
This can work however you will want a few extra elbows and an additional mur lok ball valve to halt the flow when changing the media. the elbows will help to hold the tubing over the side of the tank. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jan 28, 2016 2:39:00 PM
I have a 100 gallon salt water tank including sump. Would one of these do the job? Also, does the GFO come with the system? I assume I can buy replacement GFO but how? I am looking at your BRS GFO & Carbon Reactor – Deluxe with MJ1200 Pump.

Thank-you

Dave Streed
Question by: Dave on Jan 20, 2016 6:00:00 PM
Great question!
This can work will with the use of ROX 0.8 Carbon and High Capacity GFO. The system will not come with included media and it can be purchased separately. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/filter-media/phosphate-removal-media-gfo.html
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jan 28, 2016 2:41:00 PM
what style of pads does this reactor use? i see that you sell the hard shell and the old style.
Question by: jonathan on Sep 3, 2014 1:28:00 AM
Hi Jonathan,

We are currently shipping reactors with the Hard shell inserts. You can find the replacement pads here:
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/brs-reactor-replacement-pads-hard-shell-1.html

I hope this helps!
Have a great day :)
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Sep 3, 2014 1:28:00 AM
Hello and good evening. This question isnt really about the reactor. However it does deal with the pipe that comes with it to hook up from the reactor to the pump and return line. Can you please tell me what size the pipe is, and if you guys sell it. Also if u do sell it, where can I locate it on your web site. I need like 5-6 feet of it.
Thank you for the time.
Nate
Question by: Nate on Jan 22, 2014 2:37:00 PM
Hi Nate,
The reactor tubing is just 1/2" Polyethylene (RO) tubing. It can be found right here:
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/catalog/product/view/id/969/
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Jan 22, 2014 2:37:00 PM
i need to replace my tubing on my BRS reactor. Do you sell the tubing? What type do I buy if you don't sell tubing?
Where can I get that type of tubing?
Question by: Chris on Dec 2, 2013 9:26:00 AM
Hey Chris,
Its just 1/2" RO tubing and we do sell it right here:
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/catalog/product/view/id/969/
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Dec 2, 2013 9:26:00 AM
What is the difference between the Single & the Deluxe?
Question by: Jack on Dec 30, 2013 12:06:00 PM
Hi Jack,
The deluxe is a bit more heavy duty as the bracket of the reactor is one piece with the top of the canister rather then being screwed on. The deluxe also comes with some additional elbows for routing your tubing.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Dec 30, 2013 12:06:00 PM
If you were going to run carbon and the high capacity gfo at the same time howmuch of each would you use? And how long would it last? I really dont have any issues right now but want to avoid any algea issues. With tank and sump I am running about 135 gallons. Thanks
Question by: Mark on Oct 31, 2013 3:47:00 PM
Hey Mark,
On a 135g tank you would 1 cup of the high capacity GFO. For carbon it would depend on the type of carbon, but assuming lignite it would be 1.25 cups. If your thinking of a different type of carbon you can use the handy reef calculator to do the math for you. It can be found right here:
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/reef-calculator
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Oct 31, 2013 3:47:00 PM
Will this reactor work with biopellets?
Question by: Abtin on Oct 4, 2013 2:38:00 AM
Hi Abtin,
The reactor itself is compatible if you remove the foam sponges from the cartridge, though keep in mind that bio-pellets usually require a larger pump then the mj1200 and this reactor doesn't include fittings for connecting to a larger pump like a danner mag drive (though they can still be purchased separately).
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Oct 4, 2013 2:38:00 AM
I have a 100 gallon corral tank that seem to be doing well. However, i constantly have to deal with accumulation of green algae. My nitrate, calcium, salinity and phrospate all seem to be good. What is my best action.

Thank you in advance
gillian
Question by: gillian on Oct 24, 2013 9:44:00 AM
Hey Gillian,
Phosphate and nitrate can be a bit difficult to get a handle on because your test kit only measures the amount of it currently in the water sample your testing. If it is being consumed by the algae, its not present in the water and can give a false sense of security in low readings. The first thing I would suggest is running GFO to remove phosphates while removing the algae in the tank, along with other good maintenance, water changes, etc. As you remove the algae from the tank it won't be able to consume phosphates as there added, which should then be removed by the GFO and not available for the algae to grow.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Oct 24, 2013 9:44:00 AM
Can you run both gfo and carbon at the same time?
Question by: Kwame on Oct 26, 2013 4:25:00 PM
Hey Kwame,
The reactor has a limited capacity (about 2 cups) so it will only work on smaller tanks, but you can run both GFO and carbon at the same time.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Oct 26, 2013 4:25:00 PM
Can this be hung on the aquarium? Like the the phosban reactor?
Question by: Larie on Oct 13, 2013 9:11:00 AM
Hey Larie,
Great question. Unfortunately the BRS reactor does not hang on the tank. It must be mounted to a stand/wall, etc or set in the sump. If you need something that hangs on the back of the tank, the phosban reactor will usually be your best bet!
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Oct 13, 2013 9:11:00 AM

Full Details

The Deluxe BRS GFO & Carbon Reactor is designed to be easy to use, setup and maintain the BRS fluidized reactor is perfect for utilizing GFO and Carbon in the aquarium. several distinct advantages over other brands.

  • Ultra-transparent media cartridge allows for clear viewing of reactor media
  • Heavy duty plastic construction
  • ½" fittings and ports throughout to reduce head pressure and provide ample flow rates
  • Swivel 90° fittings on both sides of the unit for easy positioning of the tube
  • (2) 3 Ft. sections of tubing
  • Filter wrench
  • High quality ½" ball valve for precise tuning.
  • Holds three cups of carbon (Approx. 300g) or two cups of GFO (Approx 290g).
  • Dimensions are 13"H x 6"W x 5" D
  • Pump (optional) and media sold separately

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  • Great product but By Jason on 1/27/2016

    This is an excellent reactor, solid and has an awesome heavy duty bracket. I definitely recommend the silicone upgrade kit. My only suggestion would be to have the bottom so it would be more stable while sitting on the counter or even compatible with an in sump placement.
  • Great product By KEITH on 1/25/2016

    I use three of the deluxe reactors,carbon,GFO,Bio pellets.Easy to use and change media when needed.Simple, durable,efficient.
  • Best in class By jsbull on 1/2/2016

    I researched a lot and liked some options that looked better, but in the end, I decided to go with 2 of the BRS Deluxe Reactors. They were easy to mount, are easy to refill, and just a solid offering in general. I never had reactors with thumb screws, but I can imagine the pain they would be. These unscrew easily and do a great job.

    I have these both hooked up off my return line. I just used PVC to T each off separately. Using a push connect ball valve, it's easy to adjust the flow. I used some Pex pipe to return the output back into my sump, in the chamber prior to the return pump. It works like a charm.
  • Amazing By Joseph S on 12/19/2015

    Love that everything is included! I had a problem with phosphates in my reef tank until I got this and BRS GFO. All you need is the BRS GFO Reactor and BRS GFO and your set. Within a matter of a few short hours phosphates were gone and are remaining under control. Thank you BRS!!!!
  • BRS GFO and Carbon reactor By juschillin2 on 12/18/2015

    Just purchased and installed this reactor. Very easy to install. Good directions. It came with everything needed to complete set up. Unit works smoothly and is nearly silent. Just running gfo at the time. Given the volume of my tank I plan on buying a second unit for carbon. The design is compact so space will not be a problem.
  • Leaks Like a Seive By Lawrence on 12/3/2015

    I bought this reactor last May and have had nothing but problems. The quick connects for the tubing leak if just slightly bumped. I have had 3 instances of finding the bottom of my stand full of water from the leaks. I have had enough and I am throwing it in the trash. The other BRS equipment has worked well but this is major disappointment and cost!
  • Amazing quality! Perfect product By Adam on 10/5/2015

    I bought a few of these because they are amazing. Such high quality. I use them for GFO, carbon and other stuff. They installed in seconds and are easily serviceable. I highly recommend this product for your reactor needs. You can not go wrong with this unit.
  • Awesome By Mike on 9/25/2015

    Great product! Really fast and easy setup, top-notch quality and the video on the reactor tells you everything you need to know.
  • Easy To Maintain (with some practice) By Jeffrey on 9/14/2015

    This is my first reactor and I am using GFO and Carbon mixed together. First time filling it and figuring out sponge placement at the bottom was a hot mess. Messy and wasted some product the first and second time I switched it out. By the third time I switched it out I had a method down that made it eazy-peazy! What took me an hour now takes 10-15 minutes. Does the job well and is very well made. Highly recommeded!
  • Quite pleased with the quality By Harry on 9/7/2015

    Nice and heavy duty, I run a 180 with a basement sump that has been up a number of years.
    I wanted something heavy duty that would last. The inclusion of a quality valve was a real plus.
  • -carbon-and-gfo-reactors/ By Steve on 8/30/2015

    The best reactors i have seen in the market easy to setup
  • Great reactor! By Mrs.Woz on 8/23/2015

    This is the best reactor we have found. It's easy to set up and use, and can easily be taken apart to refill. Everything we have purchased from BRS has been of great quality, and the accompanying videos make set up and use very simple.

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