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.
Easy to maintain. Works awesome By Kyle on 1/2/2013
Kyle would recommend this product to a friend
Way better than the competion. so easy to change out the media, water doesnt shooot everywhere. i love it
Excellent Product! By Robert on 12/28/2012
Robert would recommend this product to a friend
Overall it is my first experience with a reactor of any kind. It is extremely simple to configure. I did not need to purchase the MJ1200 with the unit, as I had an older style. The flow from the MJ1200 is a bit heavy for a single reactor but I would think perfect for two! So might as well get the bigger option first.
Overnight my corals have began to open back up to full - my finger leather is showing great polyp extension for the first time in months. My phosphates were off the charts!
great for GFO & carbon By 241wrasse on 12/22/2012
241wrasse would recommend this product to a friend
2 of these in use - 1 for GFO, 1 for carbon. Nice design, well made, easy maintenance (don't lose the wrench!). Running BRS GFO, maintaining 0ppm phosphate. Carbon reactor using BRS "large particle lignite", tank water clean & clear, livestock happy - which is the ultimate goal.
My experience By flipper on 12/3/2012
flipper would recommend this product to a friend
I use it for gfo reacter. I Like the reacter but hate the maxi jet pump it came with. It too noisy. So if you are buying it do get the pump. I have fed mine off the main pump . And is working great.
Just what I needed.... By JERRY on 11/28/2012
JERRY would recommend this product to a friend
These units are plug and play, with everything else I have to tinker with, adjust and trial and error this component worked flawlessly. I have a double on my wish list and with my next purchase i plan on ordering one.
Works perfect By Colin on 11/25/2012
Colin would recommend this product to a friend
I bought this reactor to run GFO in my reef tank with some hair algae and it works great! easy to use and takes no brain to set up! Will be buying another to run carbon! Great product
awesome find By Mary Beth on 11/12/2012
Mary Beth would recommend this product to a friend
This product is cheap and works great. The bonus of watching BFS TV video before purchase made this the right one for us.
No brainer By Dave on 11/7/2012
Dave would recommend this product to a friend
I have 2, they are great! A little difficult to get open but for the price I can over look that.
Functional BUT... By Jeremy on 10/8/2012
Jeremy would recommend this product to a friend
I used this reactor for about a year and have no major gripes...but be careful with it on two fronts.
1. The bracket broke from unit after 6 months of use. The plastic bolts that hold it in place all failed from tightening and untightning the reactor. Perhaps I was over thightening??? I don't think I was.
2. The reactor had a tendency to clog way more quickly than other reactors I've used...make sure you place a sponge filter over the pump intake! That seemed to help (but only a little).
***I would strongly recommend the delux to avoid the issues with the mounting bracket - the delux has the bracket fused to the lid.
awesome quality reactor By mike on 10/4/2012
mike would recommend this product to a friend
great reactor for the price. such better quality than the competitors at a much better price