Great price but tricky to get the flow. By Isaac on 2/28/13
Isaac would recommend this product to a friend
I will recommend this product to others because with a few tricks it works very well. I had many problems with trying to get the flow to stabilize. It would work well for a day and then the flow would just stop and everything would just settle to the bottom of the canister on the GFO side. It took a few tries before I realized that it was because tiny bits of GFO were passing from the GFO canister into the bottom of the carbon canister and blocking all of the water flow. What I found was that if I left the carbon canister out for a day and only ran GFO for the first day or first few days, all the small pieces of GFO would have passed through and I could add the carbon without fear of getting the bottom carbon sieve clogged. Also, the sponges don't hold their place very well at all.
User error... By Sunny on 2/17/13
Sunny would recommend this product to a friend
I need to apologize about my recent negative post... I dosed Ca and Alk at the same time in my sump with the BRS 1.1 ml doser and also placed the 1200 pump forthe reactor in the same area and it caused the strainer plates to clog (as well as the pump itself) which severely restricted the flow. Once I realized what happened I started dosing separately and place the return pump for my reactor in another area of my sump and actually had to gate the flow down some.
Phosphates beware By JPRO on 2/16/13
JPRO would recommend this product to a friend
I originally saw this product on youtube with both canisters containing GFO in the bottom and one with packed carbon at the top. With a 130 gallon tank this setup is working great with the pump supplied in the kit. The see through containers allow you to view the slow "boil" of the gfo.
Clogs and is useless after a week... By sunny on 2/14/13
sunny wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I have the single and it works great, this one is a waste of money. It would be nice for BRS to address this issue and get it resolved, the pump that came with this unit does not have enough flow and they should sell one that is designed to work for longer than a week.
Great product By Armando on 2/12/13
Armando would recommend this product to a friend
I used to use filter pads and place it in the water flow. Worked but not that great. So I bought the dual reactor and let me tell you that this is the only way to go. You are able to watch all media tumble and react with it. 100% effective. Saw great results immediately. Another quality product from BRS..
Great for the budget minded reefer! By JABlacher on 2/4/13
JABlacher would recommend this product to a friend
Can't argue with this setup at all. A twin canister reactor that you can mount on the wall with the attached mounting plate, a ball valve to adjust the flow and the available pump. How could you possibly get a more complete product at a better price. Put your carbon in one and GFO in the other and your media nightmares are over. This reactor is built like a tank and is ridiculously easy to change out media. Thanks BRS!
Clogs easily By Clement on 1/29/13
Clement wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
This thing clogs and doesn't allow water through it. I looked online and many people have this problem. BRS will deny its a product defect but do your research and you will discover how many dislike this product
good reactor By John on 1/28/13
John would recommend this product to a friend
i have been using this product for 2 months my tank has cleared up and seems to be doing exactly what was said about it
GREAT REACTOR, GREAT PRICE By Bryce on 1/24/13
Bryce would recommend this product to a friend
This is a great reactor. I am using BRS GFO and BRS Premium ROX 0.8 carbon in mine. The thing only took a few minutes to setup and the included ball valve makes it even easier to adjust the flow rate to your liking. Do not let the low price fool you, this thing is very durable unlike some other reactors available. The MJ1200 is also a very good pump mated with this reactor. It is very quiet and offers a modest flow rate suitable for this application.
The only problem I encountered was that the included tubing was too short for my purposes as I am unable to fit the reactor under my stand (due to my sump using the whole space) and am forced to run it outside the stand. I was able to purchase some extra tubing at a local hardware store for only a few dollars though so it is only a minor inconvenience.
served me well By taylor on 1/19/13
taylor would recommend this product to a friend
this ordered this over a year ago and it has served me well. it isn't the quietest thing in the world but i think if you used it in the sump it would be.
cheap and durable By Arnel on 1/16/13
Arnel would recommend this product to a friend
Very durable and simple to set-up. I'm using a mag-drive 3 as recommended by others.
Like it! By Terrie on 1/16/13
Terrie would recommend this product to a friend
I bought this about 2 months ago. Very easy assembly and very easy to change the media when needed. I noticed a substantial improvement in water clarity and phosphates were lowered within a couple of days.
I give it a 4 because I bought the full set up with the MJ1200 pump.. it needs a better pump! Should be changing the GFO weekly and the Carbon bi weekly. However, within a couple days the GFO has settled into a solid block and the water flow through it is very slow.
GREAT PRODUCT, GREAT PRICE!! By Todd on 1/14/13
Todd would recommend this product to a friend
Very easy to install with no leaks! Ended up tapping into return pump plumbing to feed it. Very versatile, I only use GFO when needed, since I normally run carbon from one canister. Make sure to buy extra refill cartridges to make maintenence a breeze.
Great value, easy media changes By Matt on 1/13/13
Matt would recommend this product to a friend
For media that needs changes at least monthly, this style of canister makes changing out media a breeze. I would suggest buyIng a couple extra BRS media cartridges to make media changes even easier. I'm currently running this reactor with a Mag 3 pump, and you could probably go with a smaller pump because I have the flow control valve half closed. The tubing and connections provided with this product are high quality with no leaks. The only negative I can think of is the small reactor size as it relates to the amount of gfo needed for my 180 gallon reef tank. I needed to buy the high capacity gfo to be used in this reactor as there is not enough room in the reactor to hold the amount of standard gfo that would be needed.
Awesome By Jeremy on 1/10/13
Jeremy would recommend this product to a friend
I love this reactor and BRS support. The bracket tat holds the reactors broke and BRS sent me a new one, no questions asked. I have seen a great improvement in water quality with the dual reactors.
Buy this reactor By Mr. 6 on 1/7/13
Mr. 6 would recommend this product to a friend
Overall quality is very good. had to make a few modifications to keep the canisters level. Also set this up so you can run about 5 gallons into a bucket to remove the fines from GFO, also handy when doing weekly water change. I also recommend high capacity. Replace your GFO first and run off the fines into a bucket then few hours(day) later clean your carbon canister and replace your carbon. This way the reactor will stay cleaner and run more efficiently because the GFO fines tend to settle in the bottom of the carbon reactor.
Very Easy to install By Ross on 1/5/13
Ross would recommend this product to a friend
Ordered one of these with a pump as a Christmas gift for someone, they had it installed and running in their sump in under 5 minutes. I can't give an opinion about how well it works personally, but based on the opinions of the owner I would have to say it works extremely well and is a very high quality constructed piece of equipment.
I'm a bit jealous that at the time of this review the version with a pump is out of stock. I'd like to order one for myself in the future.
Great reactor. By dstachio on 12/30/12
dstachio would recommend this product to a friend
Great reactor. Works well and easy to switch out and add media. The tubing was pretty hard to work with and can vibrate sometimes but other then that awesome product.
Nice reactor, even nicer price By shaungee on 12/28/12
shaungee would recommend this product to a friend
This reactor is a breeze to setup and operate. The reactor has helped me maintain a healthy environment that I didn't feel I was getting with just water changes. The plumbing was easy to setup and the included valve makes fine tuning the reactor take only a couple seconds. Maintenance is a snap as well. Highly recommended.
Great product By Tom on 12/27/12
Tom would recommend this product to a friend
I love this product. It is a really well made and durable. The cartridges are easily changed. Overall it is an amazing product.
LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!! By Eddie on 12/26/12
Eddie would recommend this product to a friend
Bought one of these and maintenance is so easy and i was told that it is sometimes a little tricky to set up and get the flow right so the GFO can tumble and i have to say its not and im a new reefer and only been doing this for less that two months.
Good product By Chad on 12/16/12
Chad would recommend this product to a friend
I bought the combo with pump. I love these reactors and they certainly do the job. After I had a hair algae outbreak I decided to start using GFO to keep phosphate in check. My phosphate was at .73 ppm when I started, and two weeks later it was at .04 ppm.
I am not convinced on the carbon yet, but I am not sure that I would even notice a difference.
It gets 4 stars because the MJ1200 pump doesn't seem enough to keep the GFO from turning into a solid block, which decreases the overall water flow through the reactors. I would recommend a Mag-3 instead.
Excellent Investment By Tracer342 on 12/6/12
Tracer342 would recommend this product to a friend
Had no issues installing it. I have decent flow through the entire two reactors. Should have ran this system a long time ago.
Well worth the money. By Rob Coberg on 12/4/12
Rob Coberg would recommend this product to a friend
Very easy to setup and use. keeps tank healther.