Good stuff By Dioncuda on 12/8/13Dioncuda would recommend this product to a friendIt does work very well, great for the money.
Good Product! By Jake on 12/8/13Jake would recommend this product to a friendGood product! tumbles well, not much dust at all, and does what i want it to do!
Excellent product By Mrehfeld on 11/23/13Mrehfeld would recommend this product to a friendThis product is excellent and does what it's meant to do! See my other review on the GFO reactor.
Great product By Ray on 11/5/13Ray would recommend this product to a friendGreat product for a great price.
DON'T OVERDOSE By Daniel on 10/31/13Daniel would recommend this product to a friendWorks great if dosed responsibly, BRS has a great calculator. I accidentally used too much and it turned my tank very cloudy.
Good product By A.R. on 10/19/13A.R. would recommend this product to a friendGreat customer service and fast shipping. As the product itself is good but very slow process. Overall good product and addition to the reef environment if you are having algae problems.
A fair deal on a reef maintenance staple By raysun on 10/14/13raysun would recommend this product to a friendAt $22.00 for a pound, it's hard to argue the price for standard capacity GFO. It comes packed dry and pretty much dust free so media changes are easy. Little if any residue rinses out when first loaded into a media reactor or filter bag. (Contrast RowaPhos, for example, a fine product too, but it seems to emulate the Mississippi river for brown flow when first rinsed.)
To maintain my LPS tanks at their current low phosphate levels, this does the trick. When levels rise to 0.05 ppm, I change the media. Within hours phosphate levels drop to undetectable.
If I had a big phosphate problem, I'd consider springing for the High-Capacity (and high-cost) GFO to get more phosphate removal between changes. Large bio-loads, heavy feeding, or new rock that leaches phosphate might weigh into that decision.
At a recommended usage rate of 1 tablespoon per 4 gallons of aquarium water, large aquariums would use a fairly large dose of this stuff. 100 gallon tank would use just shy of 1 1/4 cups per media change - a bit more than 12 media changes for a gallon of GFO. Really large setups will probably benefit from using the HC GFO.
Best value By Dennis on 10/5/13Dennis would recommend this product to a friendA great value for use in reducing phosphate levels. Water quality has steadily improved in multiple large reef tanks with heavy fish loads. Corals love it.
6 month review, intermediate/ advanced reefer. By Join the Revolution on 10/4/13Join the Revolution would recommend this product to a friendGood product. Not great. expires quickly if you have a phosphate issue.1 week tops until a change out is due if you already have GHA. This product may work great for a low nutrient established tank with a fuge, killer skimmer, and methodical husbandry. I don't own a killer skimmer, (its stock on my 25 gallon Ecoxotic cube), nor do I utilize a refugium. My husbandry is anal-retentive. Therefore I rate this product a 3 out of 5. I am now changing it out weekly until it runs out. Afterwards I will stick with Rowaphos or try BRS high capacity. Either way, I will report back with informative comments. I will always buy from BRS because of their products, website design, and most importantly their relative and educational videos.
Best Price By Mario on 10/3/13Mario would recommend this product to a friendHonestly by far the best GFO I've used, you get the most for you money and then some! Happy customer!
Great product By Dylan on 9/24/13Dylan would recommend this product to a friendMost cost effective phosphate solution works great in my BRS Dual Reactor
Another Great BRS Product By Deadpool on 9/20/13Deadpool would recommend this product to a friendI have to say this product along with many other BRS products have really out done themselves. Everything is dedicated to the Reef Aquarium Hobbyist. This product does not fall short of BRS standards.
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by Paul on November 27, 2013, @10:19 AM
Sorry I didn't see the instructions, can you tell me how much I will neeed to use in your BRS reactor and how long between changeouts? I have a 90 gal tank and soon to be 125
Bulk Reef Supply Hey Paul,
The easiest way to know is to use the reef calculator at the link below. You just enter the size of your tank and it will tell you how much to run. In the case of your 90g thats about 1.4 cups (22 tablespoons). How long it lasts depends on how much phosphates you add to the tank (which is largely a matter of how much you feed). Pretty typical is 4-6 weeks though.
by michael on September 9, 2013, @1:58 AM
Should GFO be changed just as often as Carbon?
Bulk Reef Supply Hey Michael,
GFO should be changed when it is depleted. How long this takes will depend on the amount of phosphate that is added to the tank. A pretty typical tank that would usually be 4-6 weeks or so but the best way to tell is to monitor the phosphates. When they start to increase that would indicate that DI resin has reached its capacity.
by James on November 19, 2013, @7:22 AM
I want to mix GFO with carbon in the BRS single reactor. Is it OK to use the cheaper GFO to mix in with the carbon or do you need the high capacity GFO? I have a small system so I use low quantities of both carbon and GFO in my reactor. I was just worried about the regular GFO being too small.
Bulk Reef Supply Hey James,
It doesn't cause any issues with the reactor to use standard GFO. Really the choice just comes down to the volume of space you have to work with. If you have a large tank you may need more regular GFO then will physically fit in the reactor. Then you either need to get a larger reactor, or use the HC GFO which only requires half the amount.
GFO comes in two types:
- Granular GFO is varied in its shapes and requires the least amount of flow to tumble. Good for reactors.
- High Capacity GFO is twice as dense as Granular GFO, so twice as much material will fit into a reactor. It's extremely hard and has less dust to begin with. Fewer fines will be created during use and transportation. By volume High Capacity GFO will remove roughly twice the phosphate compared to Granular GFO. Best overall performance.
Special note on fighting existing algae problems: Algae needs three main nutrients to grow: phosphate, nitrate and light. Reducing any one of these will significantly slow down algae growth but many not completely solve your issue. Once algae takes hold, it can be a difficult battle but it is winnable. The best offense against algae is to take preventative measures and attack before an outbreak is apparent. Use the following suggestions and be aggressive if an algae problem is already present:
- Maintain undetectable phosphate levels with good feeding habits and use of a phosphate remover like GFO. 99% of all phosphate is added via foods added to the tank.
- Control nitrate levels by reducing feedings, increasing the water change schedule and maintaining a properly sized protein skimmer.
- Use nutrient free RO/DI water for water changes and top off water
- Shorten your lighting period or intensity. In some cases aquarists have found replacing old bulbs that have fallen out of their intended spectrum helps as well
- Continuously remove as much algae as possible by hand.
- Add predators nothing helps an algae outbreak as much as critters who eat it all day long. Various tangs, lawn mower blennies, crabs and snails are all good options. It is also theorized that a healthy pod population will also control algae growth before it gets a chance to take root.
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