Great reactors, but beware of the hard tubing By Bert on 6/19/2014
Bert would recommend this product to a friend
As ususal, great quality by BRS, and the design is similar to their rock-solid RODI units. I have two of these reactors, one for GFO and the other for ROX Carbon. Taking the canisters on and off for replacing media is simple and the selling point for me on these was the internal canister that makes media exchange quick and easy.
On the downside unfortunately, is BRS' choice to use 1/2" Mur-lok tubing which is so stiff, it makes placement of these reactors a challenge in tight spaces. BRS provides extra angle and a straight adapter, but still, if you don't have precise 90-degree bends, you can be in for problems getting this to work -- and not create leaks at the connections. If you want to drive 2 of these reactors off a single pump as I did, you'll have to do a lot of looking for a T-connector that works with this tubing -- no Lowes, Home Depot, or Ace Hardware had the right type in my major metropolitan area, so I had to search Amazon, buy several types, to eventually find one that would work. Similarly, if you don't use a Cobalt MJ1200 recommended by BRS to drive this (it would push directly into the provided straight-line connector), you're basically stuck, again, having to search for a way to connect flexible tubing to this solid Mur-lok tubing -- those connectors too, are even more difficult to find, but I eventually found a package of 10 (only needed 1) straight-line to barb connector that is designed to work with this size tubing and I now have flexible silicon tube running from my pump to the T and up to both reactors.
Customers should consider how this 1/2" OD almost inflexible tubing may or may not work in your situation, and BRS would serve their customers even better by offering the appropriate Mur-lok adapters for sale on their site that are necessary to connect two of these up in a T format, as well as to utilize flexible tubing if needed. This would have saved me more than $30 in wrong-size and additional adapters I had to purchase through the net, as well as sped-up my installation time by more than 2-weeks of frustrating trial-and-error.
Just guaoooo By Daniel on 6/4/2014
Daniel would recommend this product to a friend
Had a problem with algae and algae and in literately two day it cut the algae in half and by day five no more algae... Incredible!!!
Excellent product! By Tyler on 5/30/2014
Tyler would recommend this product to a friend
Excellent product! Easy to use and clean. I've had it up and running for about six month and haven't had a problem. Great for running carbon and gfo. The construction of this product is very impressive. I see it lasting a very long time!
28 gal. nano By charles on 5/12/2014
charles would recommend this product to a friend
bought the deluxe because it's black like my cabinet. had it running only a few days,but seems to work fine.i'm running carbon and gfo mixed.hope to replace chempure and puragin,with this.it doe's seem like a very little media when using per instructions for est.25 gal. of water.hope it doe's the trick.
Deluxe GFO Reactor By Śruba on 5/10/2014
Śruba would recommend this product to a friend
Great product well mad.
I'm running it with a sicce syncra 0.5 pump. It's the smallest one it's about 185 gph pump.
Both work well together.
Bought 2 By Tom F on 5/5/2014
Tom F would recommend this product to a friend
As per the recommendation I am packing GFO and Carbon and I am very pleased with the result. I bought 2 of these and a spare insert so that I can swap out when I need to without having too much down time. Very clean and neat. A breeze to install under the tank.
great product By Raul on 5/2/2014
Raul would recommend this product to a friend
I bought this reactor after doing lots of research. i was having an algae problem and my phosphates where very high. connecting it was very easy and after a day or so my phosphates where undetectable with a Hanna checker. thanks again brs
Great quality By Keith on 4/21/2014
Keith would recommend this product to a friend
The quality and ease of use on this was so good. I ordered a second one. Mounting this was a snap and having a separate media cartridge makes it sooooo ease to change. The second one is going to replace my Vertex reactor.
Great deal By John on 4/21/2014
John would recommend this product to a friend
I like this combo has everything you need to start your GFO/Carbon. the canister makes GFO changes easy.
Great product By Matt on 4/17/2014
Matt would recommend this product to a friend
Love it. I use two, one for Gfo and one for carbon. My only complaint is that it can be difficult to clean.
Nicely built! By Lionel on 4/10/2014
Lionel would recommend this product to a friend
Beautiful reactor! Very good price for the quality of the product. Running GFO, it brought my phosphates down to undetectable levels within 3 days.
Paired with the MJ pump, it's just about silent.
Should have bought one of these from the beginning!
Great reactor By David Martin on 4/9/2014
David Martin would recommend this product to a friend
I have one for GFO and one for Carbon, both run off of a manifold supplied by my return pump. Only thing I would possiby change is a gate valve instead of the ball valve. Would make adjusting flow a little easier. Great unit.
Outstanding reactor By KEVIN on 4/2/2014
KEVIN would recommend this product to a friend
Works very well as my gfo reactor. Paired with the mj1200 it tumbles perfectly. Easy set up everything included
Much better than what I had By ReefCarl on 3/30/2014
ReefCarl would recommend this product to a friend
Prior to purchasing the BRS reactor, I was using a "Two Little Fishies" unit that worked OK. It was a bit oversized for my aquarium and was taking up too much space in my cabinet, so I wanted something more compact.
The BRS unit is very well constructed and high quality all around. It was easy to assemble and start. I have not had to change the media yet, but it looks like it will be much easier to do than the TLF unit that I have replaced.
Great Quality Product By John on 3/22/2014
John would recommend this product to a friend
The construction is of the best which is why I purchased this item. As soon as I hook everything up it should drop my phosphates down without any issues. The pump they recommended works like a charm and is also pretty quite.
Great quality product By jayD on 3/20/2014
jayD would recommend this product to a friend
After watching the episodes on BRS tv about reactors I chose to get two of these. One of for GFO and the other for carbon. I've been running these for about a year now with no problem. The paired MJ pumps are reliable and the reactors them selves are solid and of very good build quality. They are easy to work with when changing out the media. Great product!!!!
BRS GFO & CARBON REACTOR – DELUXE By James on 3/18/2014
James would recommend this product to a friend
This product is great. I love it. I wish I brought it sooner.
Works great! By Scott on 3/17/2014
Scott would recommend this product to a friend
Love the BRS media reactor! Works great for mixing carbon and GFO to keep my tank clean. And for the price, you just cant go wrong.
Super nice quality and effective! By Ronstopbl on 3/4/2014
Ronstopbl would recommend this product to a friend
I haven't seen quality like this in a long time! Very well made and sturdy to boot. Easy to assembles and maintain. Using GFO only right now to start due to algae problem/phosphates-no problem now! Gonna try carbon/GFO mix just for trials sake. Definitely a must have!
much better put together By peter on 3/3/2014
peter would recommend this product to a friend
I have 2 little fishes 550 reactors, and I thought to try this one out for my 30 gal bio cube. this one from brs is much better put together. makes changing media easier as well.
Solid By Yellow sand on 2/24/2014
Yellow sand would recommend this product to a friend
This piece of equipment is very strong and solid. Easy to use and comes with almost everything. I would have to suggest to add the connector to use on another pump. It was a PITA finding the correct connector to fit both the piping and my pump. For the price of this unit, an additional connector should be included. I do like the reactor, and best of all it can be adapted to current equipment without having to supply electricity to another piece of equipment.
sturdy and well built By Brandon on 2/21/2014
Brandon would recommend this product to a friend
Just received mine a few days ago and i love it. Well built and easy to assemble. I purchased with the mj1200 and is absolutely silent.
unbelievable By bsteelz on 2/9/2014
bsteelz would recommend this product to a friend
Works amazingly and is extremely well built. The price does not reflect the build quality as I would pay twice as much for the same unit
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
Quality Reactor By Anh on 5/31/2013
Anh would recommend this product to a friend
Very easy to install. I bought two of these for my tank, one run GFO and the other run carbon. Took me less than 10 minutes to setup both of them. The reactor is very well made. Water clear out after first night.