Solid, great initial opinion By SteadyC on 1/13/2014
SteadyC would recommend this product to a friend
I just installed this 3 days ago on my main tank, I am running both GFO and carbon mix, as described in their video. I am really happy to consolidate two reactors into a single one. This thing is solid, and my initial opinion from just deploying it is very positive. The included hoses are solid, don't flex at all really so you have to work with them and you need to wiggle and push while you insert into the push connectors to make sure you get them in all the way. I was pushing quite hard, wasn't going in any further, then I wiggled a little bit and the hose went in a bunch further. The sizes seem to be 1/2 inch outer diameter, as compared to hoses you buy at a hardware store that are 1/2 inner diameter, 5/8 inch outer diameter. Bottom line is, they might not match up to plumbing you have, if you are hoping to tee off of plumbing you already have, which I did. Had to make some adjustments to get this plumbed.
great product great price By turbotone on MR on 1/12/2014
turbotone on MR would recommend this product to a friend
I've purchased 4 of these for 2 different tanks.. 3 go on my 75 with the mj1200 pumps.. one for biopellets that i haven't ran yet . one for carbon which works like a charm and one for gfo .. i would recommend for you to purchase extra reusable cartridges and pads to make the swap of carbon media a breeze.. also do not run any pads with the gfo.. great reactors i must say… pumps are more then enough to push water through.. this is a great investment..
Nice economy reactor By Denise on 1/11/2014
Denise would recommend this product to a friend
I got this for my 75 gallon reef that has been having issues with water clarity. It was easy to set up though the tubing is a bit stiff and doesn't always go where you want. It seems to work well. I am only running carbon in it right now. The water clarity has not improved quite as much as I hoped it would but it has been set up for less than a week so hopefully that will improve with time.
Great reactor By dcw1sfu on 1/7/2014
dcw1sfu would recommend this product to a friend
Been using for about a week now and mixing Brs gfo and carbon in it. My water is already looking clearer and has brought my phosphates down. The build quality is excellent, couldn't be happier.
Excellant By Mel on 1/6/2014
Mel would recommend this product to a friend
Very solid construction. This unit is plug and play, contained all the parts needed to hook it up right out of the box.
Nice little reactor By Steve on 1/5/2014
Steve would recommend this product to a friend
I use for GFO on my 179 Gallon system. I like the ultra clear body and media champers. Great for tuning the flow. The inner media chamber did cloud up from the bottom to just above the media level. But I think some dilute HCl or LimeAway will clear that up. I'm guessing it is precipitated carbonate. The pump is just the right size. I really like the John Guest fittings and with BRS including the ball valve was a nice touch (Thanks!). I use the valve to adjust the flow to get the bed really churning and then back off until the bed is just moving slightly throughout and at top. I was using a sock for GFO, but if I did use my hand to move it around every day or two, it would become one big massive chunk. That is not happening at all with the BRS reactor. I also like the extra long tubing included with the reactor.
Should of got it sooner By Maxbull on 12/21/2013
Maxbull would recommend this product to a friend
Great product, sturdy construction, easy install. Tank affected within one day. Water so clear you can drink it with a straw! Should be a part of every reef plumbing.
Great Product By Alexandria on 12/18/2013
Alexandria would recommend this product to a friend
I have a small tank and have been battling algae outbreaks. Since adding this I can see a decrease in the amount of algae. It was pretty easy to set up and get going. The only thing I didn't know was that when you push in the lines to the push-connect (which are awesome) make sure that you push until it locks into place. I thought I had them pushed in all the way until I plugged it up and water shot out through all of them! Small mess but easily fixed.
Solid Product By Bradb90 on 12/14/2013
Bradb90 would recommend this product to a friend
I bought this for my new 60g setup and I received it today. I opened the packaging and was amazing at the build quality I saw. It comes with everything you need to get started, and the clear media chambers are excellent and are a big step up from a lot of other media reactors out there on the market.
BRS GFO Reactor Deluxe By geno on 12/5/2013
geno would recommend this product to a friend
I did a lot of research before i spent my hard earned money. I needed some algae control unit for my 150 salts ager fish only tank. The BSR videos found on You Tube really clued me in on what I needed to buy to fit my needs. I bought the Deluxe model and I must say it truly is built like a tank, was super easy to set up and it works like a charm. Thanks BSR, especially for your video reviews and tutorials. I am now a very loyal customer!
Solid By Alex on 11/25/2013
Alex would recommend this product to a friend
Great quality, easy to use. I just ordered another one.
ez set up By jim on 11/18/2013
jim would recommend this product to a friend
ez to set up and to regulate water.UP and going in no time.
Good product By Rich on 11/2/2013
Rich would recommend this product to a friend
Easy to set up and use. Tubing is a bit stiff and doesn't want to go where you want it to go, but the unit works as expected. Pump is quiet and works well with nice deep suction cups. A little venting and pump throttling to establish GFO tumble and good to go.
NO MORE YELLOW! By Daniel on 10/31/2013
Daniel would recommend this product to a friend
I am running a mix of carbon and gfo in this. Completely cleared my tank in less than one day, should of run it from the start. The pressure release makes media changes easy, almost no water spilled!
Does what it says maybe a little to well at first!! By Kenneth on 9/27/2013
Kenneth would recommend this product to a friend
I was surprised at how fast the Phosphates dropped and the algae died off this happened so fast that I had a tank crash that caused a panic I lost one fish a cleaner shrimp, it took a 30% water change the 5% a day for 4 days and changing out the filter socks daily they were loading up with dead algae, yes I had a algae issue prompting this purchase, I just wish I knew what to expect! I guess I experienced a mini crash? that lasted a week my levels are back to normal and the fish are happy. if you have a big issue I would suggest 1/2 the GFO recommended for your tank size to start maybe less so this does not happen to you. changing anything in your tank can have unknown effects I think my cleaning crew helped a lot " I did remove the snails and put them in a Quarantine tank for the first 2 days till I got the levels down to were I was comfortable".
i would recommend By jim on 9/16/2013
jim would recommend this product to a friend
this product is of excellent quality and comes with everything you need to install.
A must have for every reefer... By Scott on 8/24/2013
Scott would recommend this product to a friend
My setup initially had a canister (fluval 206). I swapped that for this and a hob refigium.
This is running a carbon/gfo mix on my 36 gallon. Red hair algae had been a slight issue for me with the canister. Three days after installing this and running the carbon gfo mix I'm already seeing results.
Straight forward install, easy maintenance, low cost...no downsides at all.
Like most reefers, I'm a huge fan of this reactor.
Great product By Jake on 8/9/2013
Jake would recommend this product to a friend
I've been fighting with an algea problem for a month, I had amazing results in 48 hours of installation running a carbon and gfo mixture almost all algea was gone and crystal clear water. Very well built and easy to use I highly recommend this to anyone.
Excellent for GFO or Carbon By joseph on 7/25/2013
joseph would recommend this product to a friend
I purchased this to help get rid of some hair algae. It took a few weeks but it's all gone. Lucky I bought it just in time. Going to get another one and run carbon in it.
Awesome Device! By Mitian on 7/25/2013
Mitian would recommend this product to a friend
I loved it, my tank was clouded and after a few hours I saw the difference right away. The Service is amazing I already have more stuff in my wish list...
Awesome! By Katrina on 6/17/2013
Katrina would recommend this product to a friend
I have two of these, one for GFO and one for Carbon. It's really easy to replace the filter media and with all the extras that the deluxe comes with, it makes it easy to set it up the way you want.
I would recommend this to anyone.
Bought two of these By Charles on 6/12/2013
Charles would recommend this product to a friend
Bought two of these for my 75 gallon tank. One for GFO and one for carbon. no complaints. work well, easy to use. Had to buy extra tubing but that was my own fault for putting them away from the sump.
Best reactor on the Market By drgorecki on 6/5/2013
drgorecki would recommend this product to a friend
This reactor is absolutely best. Small foot print. Nice black look. Love it!
Well built but tubing is difficult to work with By BigDubb on 6/4/2013
BigDubb would recommend this product to a friend
I bought the Deluxe with the MJ1200. Everything looked good out of the box, but when I attempted to hook up the tubing provided to the MJ1200 the two are the exact same size. I needed to use one of the pieces that came with the powerhead to join the two. Only partial water capacity is moving through the reactor. Additionally, the tubing is incredibly rigid and hard to work with.
The instructions weren't accurate either. They included steps to put the elbows on. The machined top already has these included so this is moot.
Some type of nipple or joining mechanism would be beneficial