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GFO has a tendency to clump and harden into a rock unless it is agitated. A GFO reactor like the phosban (or other GFO reactors like ours, octopus, vertex, etc) are fluidized bed reactors. The water travels up through the bottom of the reactor and upwards through the media, which causes it to tumble lightly and prevents it from clumping.
Great question. This is not optimal for bio-pellets as it is not designed for the best tumbling of bio-pellets and there may be some clogs. Ideally selecting a bio-pellet designed reactor with the correct chamber to spin and tumble the media. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
what are the dimentions of this reactor? and the 150 model please? Thank you!!!
The PhosBan Reactor 550 is 15 1/8 inches tall and 4 1/4 inches in diameter.
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The PhosBan Reactor 550, larger than the 150, is designed to push water upwards from the bottom and through the media. This forces an even distribution of water throughout the media and prevents channeling from occurring. The PhosBan 550 can be mounted under the aquarium or hung on the back of the aquarium. It comes with barb hose fittings for 1/2" tubing and a 1/2" barbed ball valve included for flow control. The Phosban 550 is compatible with with any pump with a flow rate between 100 and 250gph and 1/2 inch connections.
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Good product for a reasonable price! By acbear on 4/26/2016acbear would recommend this product to a friendI order this reactor to battle a algae outbreak. While the instructions were not real clear on how much GFO was needed to fill the canister to the min. two inch mark, I found it to work. It been a little over a month and my algae has died off to about half of what it was. I do have to empty the reactor twice to clean the sponge at the bottom but just reuse the GFO media after cleaning the sponge. Just change the media today since its been over a month and I had high Phosphate and Nitrate levels when I installed the reactor. Fish are swimming and more active now too. I only wished I had got this product before I set up my tank in the first place.
Bad Gaskets By Nate on 11/11/2014Nate wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI bought two of these before I realized how bad they are. The gasket is a thin rubber band that does not seat correctly when you screw the lid on. After a few media changes they leak. You get what you pay for.
Good for the price By Mike on 8/15/2013Mike would recommend this product to a friendThe fittings do worry me a bit in the very long term, but it is easy to set up and performs well. I use it for GFO and it can hold a lot and gets a good gentle, even distribution of flow through the media. Performs well for the price, and if you can mount it hanging inside a sump where it wont matter if it leaks then I'd say go for it for sure!
Cheap By Nikolai on 6/30/2013Nikolai wouldn't recommend this product to a friendReactor cheap clogged up very quickly internal rubber elbow made so short (cheap stuff) that it nearly enough sometime it slips the reactor made cheap it inconvinient jade sign is simply bad internal piping sometime disconnected and reactor won't working properly do not buy (waste of money)
quick and easy By Ryan on 12/22/2012Ryan would recommend this product to a friendII have two of these units. I use one for carbon and the other for biopellts. These units are really easy and quick to setup and they operate very well. They don't operate perfectly out of the box for biopellets, but for the savings a little modification was worth it for me.