Difficult to set up and maintain By Adam on 12/3/2014
Adam wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Let me preface this review by saying that this is the first reactor I've ever owned, so I don't have any reference to go by. That said, I think my experience is probably worth sharing.
First, I'll speak to the pros of this kit. If you run GFO at the recommended amount, this will take your phosphates to zero in 24 hours. Secondly, it's well-built and sturdy, and the tool they provide for unscrewing the canisters is super-helpful.
Now for the bad. When I set it up initially it didn't come with enough hose. I don't have a sump, so this is understandable, but I had to go to Home Depot and purchase 6' or so of hose to run the plumbing to and from the tank.
Secondly, you need to be very careful with the quick-connect fittings. I removed the hose from the fitting at one point, since the provided hose was too short, I unknowingly dislodged all of the rubber o-rings inside the fittings. When I finally turned the unit on, water was squirting everywhere! What a mess. It took me a few hours of frustrating and wet troubleshooting to find out what the problem was and fix it.
The biggest weakness is that eventually the carbon and GFO (I'm using the BRS stuff) will turn into a brick after 2-3 weeks of running. You'll notice the GFO stop tumbling and the flow coming from the return will slow to a trickle, since the water cannot pass through the media. Cleaning the canisters is a messy job. You have to bang the thing until the brick breaks into chunks and slides out. Then you have to wash out all the residual media and other junk.
I've also burned out one of the provided MJ pumps when the media turned into a stone. I don't think it was helped by the fact that the restrictor valve had to be almost completely closed in order to keep the GFO from over-tumbling, which puts a lot of back-pressure on the pump. That pump lasted under 2 months, and I blame the reactor design, although had I changed the media earlier this may not have happened.
Probably wouldn't buy this again. Since my tank is 55g, I definitely don't need the dual reactor. I would probably buy the single reactor and mix the carbon and gfo, which would have sufficed for my needs, although based on my experience with the BRS unit, I'd be eager to try a different brand.
Great Product, easy setup By Cliff on 12/1/2014
Cliff would recommend this product to a friend
I've been using the dual reactor for around 7 months with great success. The GFO takes care of my phosphates and the carbon helps polish the water to a crystal clear. I would have given it 5 stars , but I do seem to be having an issue keeping the carbon to the top of the canister using the circular filter pads. After a bit it tends to slide down. Doesn't seem to cause any issues, so I haven't gotten around to trying to correct it. Still, I highly recommend this to any reefer.
Dual Reactor By Michael on 11/28/2014
Michael would recommend this product to a friend
Great product, easy setup started working right away. NO LEAKS!
convenience By mcbridepcm on 11/23/2014
mcbridepcm would recommend this product to a friend
I like that it convenience and easy use of GFO, and GAC; however my GFO does not and will not tumble, whether it the GFO or the reactor , it's not for lack of pump GPH I have a Rio 2500 tunned down or not it doesn't get it to tumble, sense maybe it's the GFO? I know the water is flowing through the reactors and there is a small amount of GFO fine residue that occasionally get in aquarium. I do like how well built it is and convenient to access and change media, mounts easily in my cabinet, and it's footprint isn't too big. I'm not to distruat over the non-tumbling, but if it would my score would have been much higher.
As advertised. By GARY on 10/27/2014
GARY would recommend this product to a friend
Ordered this and some standard GFO, act. Carbon and the Hannah low range Phosphate test kit. Upon installation my phosphates read .06. I tested again 24 hours later and it read 0.00
Had it up and running in about 20 minutes which including mounting on wall next to sump.
NO LEAKS, with the proven slip lock configure. No issues whatsoever.
It is now integrated with my apex controller.
Good and bad By Reefer4ever on 10/19/2014
Reefer4ever would recommend this product to a friend
Everything is great although the second reactor will not stay full of water. I have bled the air off many times, checked the seal to ensure its free of any debris. Very frustrated as it does not look good with the second chamber the way it is. I pride my tank on how neat and beautiful every part is (wiring, hard lines, softlines, lighting, controllers etc). Someone HELP! Please
High Quality By Daniel on 10/16/2014
Daniel would recommend this product to a friend
First reactor I've used/owned...but I did a ton of research. I have to say, if you want to do it right...have a crisp look...and good a nice bundle. This is it. The unit itself just looks sharp...very neatly put together...handling it feels great too. The fittings are nice, I like the high quality quick lock fittings. I got the pump edition...you get more than a pump...you get the whole pump in retail packing, with tons of mounting options. I personally mounted it to the side of my sump with 3 suction cups, and used the supplied strainer so large debris doesn't enter the pump...I didn't expect to get all of these goods...the operation is near silent, which is wonderful. Included ball valve is easy to adjust, and flow is good throughout the unit.
One thing I will mention, I didn't push the fittings together enough the first go around. You really really have to push the fittings together or you'll have leaks. Once I did that, dry as a bone. The tubing is semi-hard tube. You can flex it back to a straight enough form even though it comes curled up. Mounting bracket is firm, but has a little flex once the unit fills with water...it should hold, but you may want to add a rear support for the canisters to rest on, so that the bracket isn't "bending"
Great product By Brian on 10/6/2014
Brian would recommend this product to a friend
So far so good. Setup was easy and fast. The MJ pump is very quiet and that is huge to me. Installing carbon and GFO is easy and I'm looking forward to the results it brings to my tank. As always props to BRS on fast shipping!
Great Quality By Ben on 10/4/2014
Ben would recommend this product to a friend
Purchased this a few months ago. Once again very happy with the quality of BRS products. I picked it up to replace some other name brand reactors because I hated how the top fit on and cleaning was a pain. These reactors are far superior. I love the inner tube... makes cleaning a piece of cake. The standard BRS twist on canister is a beast and I have no concerns about under tightening or breaking anything. Best reactors out there.
great product and easy to set up! By perry on 9/12/2014
perry would recommend this product to a friend
This is a great product I orders the one with the MJ1200 pump and it was supper easy to set up I have had no problem with it at all for the time I have had it.
Great Product By Todd on 9/6/2014
Todd would recommend this product to a friend
I Have become a fan of all the BRS Brand products they work as intended and are a great value. I run a Carbon/GFO blend with good results per another one of BRS great recommendations. I would recommend this company to anyone that wants value for there money and great customer service! I am always amazed how fast I receive my orders.
Great carbon/gfo reactor By dbh on 8/31/2014
dbh would recommend this product to a friend
Set up is easy, works great. I found that leaving all sponges/filers out of the gfo side is the way to go, I originally had one at the top of the gfo, after a week that one sponge/filer plugged. Took it out and it made it work 10 times better. Hopefully it doesn't plug the next sponge/filter in line (carbon side), time will tell. Also found that by letting it hang crooked also let's the gfo tumble in a rotating motion. In my opinion it works even better crooked.