Not good for GFO. By Joe on 9/18/2014Joe wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI bought 2 of these. One for GFO and the other for carbon. They are advertised and labeled as universal media reactors, yet GFO falls directly through the foam pads. I'm not talking just the fines like usual, but the actual granules themselves...
I became quickly aware of the o-ring at the bottom as it comes off almost every single time you raise the shaft.. A definite design flaw that's for sure.
Pretty disappointing to tell you the truth; especially for the cost, but as with pretty much every Vertex product review, "they are built well and look good". lol!
For carbon I would say 4 stars due to the o-ring as that was the only issue, but for GFO I give it 2, thus the 3 star rating, Hope this helps anyone interested in these.
No Spare Parts By Migity1 on 5/23/2014Migity1 wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI have 3 of these reactors, (purchased at the same time for my 225 Gal tank). They are well made and certainly do the job. But, buyer beware, need to replace an Oring. a filter pad , a ball valve, sorry your out of luck. Nowhere could I find any replacement parts for this or I guess any Vertex product. And don't bother emailing Vertex, you won't receive a reply!
Not the best choice for in sump use By Neil on 4/26/2014Neil wouldn't recommend this product to a friendAs stated by others, the build quality is top notch. However, because of the placement and size (3/4") of the input/output, this design is best utilized for in line use. To use this unit in sump, you would need to bend the tubing (3/4") 90 degrees to get them to fit into the sump. It doesn't make sense to have to use a pump that requires 3/4" tubing. If you have a pump that only has a 1/2" outlet means you would need to get an adaptor to go from 3/4" to 1/2". I noticed on the BRS clownfish build that their Vertex reactor was in sump and had some form of a 90 degree adaptor. When I inquired they told me they had to go to a local plumbing supply to acquire one. For the price of this reactor you would think you would be given all the material to use this reactor in line or in sump as the literature indicated and not have to pay for adaptors to make the unit workable. If you need a reactor for in sump use, I would look at other options.
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