Good, but not perfect... By Michael on 3/2/2014
Michael would recommend this product to a friend
So, these things are pretty awesome. I have to admit that I haven't used any of the other skimmer models (other than the aqua-gadget for the Nani Nuvo 16), but this thing is inexpensive and easy to use. It is a little cumbersome if you don't trim any excess to your hoses, and even then you might want to buy some elbow fittings to make it easier to place the pump and return where you want. No biggie, though. The reason it gets three stars is because with every one of these that I own, only half of the cartridge gets flow. When I tumble GFO I can only get stuff on one side moving. This makes me wonder if I'm not utilizing all the GFO I'm using, and that's a big waste of money...and extremely irritating. This is something that BRS should address, either by letting us know that it's no by deal and the flow seems greater on the intake side, or lets us know it's not supposed to do that so I know o get a replacement cartridge.
Great product! By barby on 2/24/2014
barby would recommend this product to a friend
Product is very easy to install and I recommend it as it has eliminated 95% of the algae problem I had in my tanks. I have recently purchased #2 more. Thank you!!!
Built to last By Bryan on 2/3/2014
Bryan would recommend this product to a friend
Very easy to install the single reactor using my own pump. Comes with valve (which you will need) and all plumbing which makes a hassle free install.
great By kevin on 1/19/2014
kevin would recommend this product to a friend
this is a great reactor i use it for my gfo simple to setup and use
Cheap price, cheap product By Dan on 1/18/2014
Dan wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Bought 2 of these pumps and reactors to run GFO in 2 of my 4 tanks. As of start up both pumps were working fine. Within 24 hours one of the pumps already crapped out. I had to go to my LFS and I grabbed a marine land pump which is working great. The 2nd pump yes is still working, but its loud and vibrates. I've tried a few different location installs in my sump but its still noticeably loud. And I mean noticeable. The reactor is great though. Price is great on the reactors. They are sturdy and easy to mount. I love BRS but please get rid of these garbage pumps. I'd rather spend a little more money for a quality pump that doesn't break within a day or vibrate my whole tank sump and stand
Awesome reactor kit By Vince on 1/14/2014
Vince would recommend this product to a friend
I bought this single reactor kit for my 29 Biocube. I had some issues opening up the media canister but after a quick call to customer service I was told to pry one of the tabs with a flat head screw driver and it popped it right off!
Another consideration is the amount of tubing included is perfect if you are mounting this in a sump, if you do not have a sump I recommend getting extra tubing to reach your tank, I ended up getting around 12 feet to run the reactor in my BC29 stand make sure you get the MUR-LOK brand tubing from this site or you WILL get leaks! Do not try to use large airline tubing it WILL leak, I also recommend the black colored tubing for added looks.
I suggest a the Cobalt MJ1200 pump filters
Good quality, but wasn't what I was looking for... By Nathan on 1/13/2014
Nathan would recommend this product to a friend
I was hoping this reactor would be more flexible and able to move around easier. Unfortunately, the hoses are super stiff and the quick connect system doesn't allow for easily swapping out standard hoses with more flexible hoses.
The build quality is great though!
No Complaints By Dustin on 1/10/2014
Dustin would recommend this product to a friend
Better than the competition! No leaks, easy to put together. Solid construction. I have no complaints at all. I would order again and recommend to anyone.
real nice reactor By Theodore on 1/5/2014
Theodore would recommend this product to a friend
Easy to set up and easy to refill. Along with high capacity gfo it took my phosphates from .5 to undetectable with salifert test kit.
Works great for the price By Stephen on 1/1/2014
Stephen would recommend this product to a friend
I added one of these running GFO to my aquarium about a year ago when I couldn't get rid of my hair algae. I installed it running off of a manifold from my main pump. The next day almost all of the hair algae was gone! Amazing!
I run this reactor all the time and love it. The only draw back is that the flow doesn't stay consistent enough to keep the media bubbling properly at the top. Every day I boost it just a bit to get rid of any channeling and settle it back down to a good flow. Next morning, the GFO isn't moving at all.
For the price and for what it does I don't really mind the thirty seconds it take me to reset it. Some days I forget, some days I don't. Either way it has kept my algae away and for that I love it.
A must have for a saltwater tank By butterflyx8i8x on 12/30/2013
butterflyx8i8x would recommend this product to a friend
I love this product!!! I was having trouble with lots of algae in the tank. It's been up for a week now and I'm dealing with less algae in my tank. Works really good.
Great product By brian on 12/19/2013
brian would recommend this product to a friend
Ordered this unit for corbon/gfo mix unit works perfectly easy to install and change media
Great product and well built By Quinnchero on 12/18/2013
Quinnchero would recommend this product to a friend
This is one of those no brainer purchases for me. You cannot beat the amount of benefit to water quality compared to the price you pay. Running GFO only, this reactor runs circles around anything else even remotely close to this price range, carbon is slightly less successful. The whole kit gives you literally everything you need out of the box to be up and running in minutes, with results that will make you wonder why you waited so long.
Take my advice on this side note though: BRS brand GFO is way too dusty and a majority of the product is wasted, thus actually costing you way more than a higher end brand.
excellent By grisel on 12/5/2013
grisel would recommend this product to a friend
easy to intalls good price bulk reef thank you for the videos. facil de instalar y buen precio y facil bulk reef graciaspor los videos facil para seguir intruciones
Simple solution to your phosphate problem By Mrehfeld on 11/23/2013
Mrehfeld would recommend this product to a friend
This product is super easy to install and dropped my phosphates from 0.36 to 0.04 in 3 days! That's pretty awesome, I highly recommend this product.
good buy By Dustin on 11/21/2013
Dustin would recommend this product to a friend
running this for over a year and still no issues. you cant beat the pump reactor combo price.
Best out there By Mario on 10/3/2013
Mario would recommend this product to a friend
Bought a single reactor for my 46g reef tank and bought some GFO to go into it. Works great and lowered my levels within a week of use! Would recommend to anyone who's trying to decide on buying.
Solid By Jeff on 10/1/2013
Jeff would recommend this product to a friend
Another well built product. Easy to use and worked for the few different ways I put in the media. Currently using the carbon on top between pads and GFO tumbling below. The hose is stiff so may want to pick up some plumbing parts if flexibility needed for some applications.
Awesome Reactor By Dave on 9/21/2013
Dave would recommend this product to a friend
I have a Single and a Dual Reactor and both of them are great. Solid built, easy to use, high quality, and no issues
Well Made By Todd on 9/14/2013
Todd would recommend this product to a friend
I was surprised for the price what a nice setup this is. Includes everything you need.
Good for GFO, So-so for carbon... By Frank on 9/11/2013
Frank would recommend this product to a friend
This reactor has a nice build quality at an attractive price point. It is easy to install and to perform maintenance on.
I have run this reactor with GFO, carbon, and a GFO/Carbon mix. Running just plain GFO this reactor performs flawlessly.
Running carbon or a GFO/carbon mix proves to be somewhat difficult. The sponges that hold the media tend to wear out after only a couple of uses. This lets the media become loose in the chamber and lets space in between the media which you do not want while running carbon.
While I would not recommend this reactor for just running carbon, I think it is a fine GFO Reactor. At the price it is hard to beat!
good product but not enough flow gph By JasonandSarah on 9/3/2013
JasonandSarah wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
overall it seemed like a good product but you have to dial it down so much with gfo that you aren't running much water through it at all they say you can grind up the gfo so you don't want it tumbling in there too much I've never heard that from another phosphate reactor? maybe I'm doing something wrong? but I watched the video and read the instructions so for now I'm kinda having buyers remorse and wishing I went with a different reactor
excellent product By ALEX on 8/28/2013
ALEX would recommend this product to a friend
The easy installation and effectiveness is a big plus. you cannot go wrong with product, it literally took me 5 minutes to install and another 5 minutes to prep the media.
Should have done it sooner By Tom G on 8/12/2013
Tom G would recommend this product to a friend
Not trying to repeat what everyone else has already started but these things are easy to set-up and use, just follow the instructions given and you won't have a problem.
Mixed reviews about the double unit had me nervous so I chose to use 2 single independent units so both could be fed individually. I couldn't be happier with the results. Filling and flushing is quick and painless, adjustments are a snap and noticeable results are seen within hours.
If you are still on the fence about purchasing, wait no longer, ownership is the best side.
My 2 cents,
easy instal By joshua on 7/28/2013
joshua would recommend this product to a friend
just got it in the mail had it set up and running in less than 15 min.
very nice quality By michael on 7/4/2013
michael would recommend this product to a friend
nice quality reactor, easy to hang bracket, and includes everything to hook it up to your setup. very solid canister just like the rodi units from brs.
A must have for your tank By Chavinpat on 6/12/2013
Chavinpat would recommend this product to a friend
This thing works wonder. Built to last. I'm using it to run GFO. I wish I ordered the dual reactor. Set up was easy. The flow can easily be adjusted. My problem with algae will be solved (phosphates near or zero).
Solid By tim on 6/3/2013
tim would recommend this product to a friend
Seems very solid, well made product. Impressed with overall quality compared to some other flimsy reactors I've seen.
well built By AC on 5/15/2013
AC would recommend this product to a friend
It’s a bit bulky for a reactor but works good.
If you need a quality reactor - look here By svtcobra on 5/13/2013
svtcobra would recommend this product to a friend
Ordered for carbon and GFO for new setup. For the price, the quality cannot be beat.
Excellent reactor By Jay on 4/28/2013
Jay would recommend this product to a friend
Super easy to set up and use love Brs
nice way to gfo By sal on 4/23/2013
sal would recommend this product to a friend
i plumbed it into my return line wich was an over size pump and is working great love it
Great product and high quality! By Dave on 4/11/2013
Dave would recommend this product to a friend
This reactor is made of high quality and comes with everything needed to set it up. Very simple concept, basically a water filter housing. The only improvement which would be nice to see in the future is the media cartridge to have the ability to remove the bottom strainer and not just the top. This way you can "pack" the filter media easier to the top of the cartridge when running mixed carbon/gfo so you don't get the tumble effect. Everything else is perfect and for the price you can't beat and this product definitely out performs the other name brand reactors for fraction of the cost!
Very well built By Shawn on 4/11/2013
Shawn would recommend this product to a friend
Super easy to install, very well built made to last, easy to adjust. I run GFO in mine and it has cut my phosphates down to dam near 0ppm
Easy By Chris on 3/26/2013
Chris would recommend this product to a friend
Simple to assemble, easy to use. Exactly what i needed.
Great product, built very well, great buy By Jon-Michael on 3/21/2013
Jon-Michael would recommend this product to a friend
Installed this on a 37 gallon grow out tank and have had zero problems with it. Bought it as a Gfo reactor with brs Gfo and the pump. The best true plug and play I have purchased and the corals are loving it. Acan and blasto's have never been this open and my zoas are reaching for the stars. Phosphates have been an issue and no they are at a constant zero. Very happy with this product. Been over a month now and still zero issues.
Buy this! By Kam on 3/15/2013
Kam would recommend this product to a friend
Very well made and easy to put together and setup.
Great Reactor Set-up By Steve on 3/5/2013
Steve would recommend this product to a friend
I have installed two of these reactors on my system. They are very easy to install and use. I can replace the media without making a mess...I highly recommend!
could not get any better By Vinny on 3/2/2013
Vinny would recommend this product to a friend
i have the dual reactor carbon/gfo i find that running carbon first then gfo works great, just dont have the gfo tumbling too fast. Great product.
Great By James on 2/28/2013
James would recommend this product to a friend
I've used these for carbon and gfo. They work great and you can't beat the price.
Great Reactor By Elisabeth on 2/22/2013
Elisabeth would recommend this product to a friend
I love this thing. I work on a lot of tanks and have seen alot of reactors in action. Most a thin plastic tubes that crack or leak in a short time. I love this reactor because its tough. Its also super easy to clean. The tubing and connectors are quality as well. I wouldn't waste my money on a "brand name" reactor.
Very good buy for the money. By Kevin on 2/19/2013
Kevin would recommend this product to a friend
Bought 2 reactors one for carbon and the other for gfo. The reactors are durable and made with very good material (dont think they will crack.) I've had them for 10 months now and definitely think i made the right decision in buying the reactors. The only advice I would give a potential buyer is to think of the fittings you will need in order to hook up the reactors to your liking. For example they give you flexible pipe with the reactors and the pump. Sure you could bend the pipe to wherever you want the water to go. However, if your going to mount the reactors you may want to buy some elbows in order to make quick bends.
great product and a great price By andrew on 2/17/2013
andrew would recommend this product to a friend
I bought this reactor for GFO, I find it to be built of quality parts and you get everything needed for installing,minus the pump. It feels super heavy duty, unlike some other reactor i have seen at the same general price point. If you looking for a reactor for GFO I don't think you kind find a better one. works exactly the way it should . I am very happy with mine.
works great... By sunny on 2/14/2013
sunny would recommend this product to a friend
This is plug and play, runs media with no problems, easy to clean and refill.
best unit yet By best unit yet on 2/14/2013
best unit yet would recommend this product to a friend
Just got the my new unit up and running and by far it the best and well built unit I have. Its a little larger than some but seems to operate much better. The GFO tumbles every nice and slow, and much more evenly than other. It also looks like it will be lees prone to leaks.
I got the kit came with pump and everything needed to get the unit up and running, and only to a few minutes.
Best quality you can get By Edward on 1/28/2013
Edward would recommend this product to a friend
I've had many reactors, and this one is by far the best quality. Really heavy duty, solid stuff. I will only use this for all of my reactor needs.
Works great with an MJ1200 pump.
Gets clogged way too easy By Aron on 1/11/2013
Aron wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I really wanted to love this reactor since I like so many products here at BRS but I simply cannot. The filter is pretty easy to install and get going and took me about 15-20 min to get fully functional. I use (the older version) MJ1200 with this reactor that seems Ok for the reactor.
My biggest complaint is how easily this reactor gets clogged...I use it mixed with GFO and Carbon and after a week I get no flow coming out of it. I do not understand because the reactor is only 1/3 - 1/2 full of media. When it gets clogged I have to take it apart and clean out the inside canister to clean it out. My next problem is the sponges that are provided are there to hold the media in the top of the canister when you are mixing GFO and Carbon. However, once the media gets wet and heavy it starts to sink and the sponge sinks down a bit making the media tumble, and making the GFO break down the carbon. This drives me CRAZY. I am an OCD kind of person and I hate everything that is not perfection. I understand this product gets glamorous reviews but it simply did not work for me. I would not recommend it.
Quality By Joseph on 1/7/2013
Joseph would recommend this product to a friend
The quality of this unit is heads and shoulders above any of the "Name Brand" Reactors. Heavier build, tighter tolerances in both the unit and its accessories.