Meh By Kyuss on 8/18/2014
Kyuss wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I have had this reactor running since April 2014. It has not made a dent whatsoever in my nitrates. and I barely feed my poor fish. the tank consists of a medium PBT, small hippo, two maroons, six line wrasse, hawkfish, flame fish, royal gramma in a 280 gallon tank with plenty of live rock. A lot of the live rock is Pukani from BRS and that stuff leaches phosphates like crazy. I even cured the rock for six months. So it could be that the reactor just can't keep up with the pukani nastiness.
I also do a LOT of water changes, 200+ gallons a month with RO/DI. The replacement water tests at 0 for nitrates, tank water tests at 50+
The instructions are pretty much worthless and do not tell you how much media to use, how much the media should be tumbling, or how long before you can expect to see results. I had much better results with a sulfur reactor and I will probably go back to that.
Love it. By CoRRoD on 2/17/2014
CoRRoD would recommend this product to a friend
I must admit this is the first biopellet reactor I have had but I cannot imagine anything being easier to set up or built better. I have had it up and running for several weeks now with no problems.
Great product, poor instructions By Riet on 8/17/2013
Riet would recommend this product to a friend
Typical of Reef Octopus, the product is excellent. The amount of churning action is incredible, and it is very quiet and compact.
I had very little room in my sump, so the space-saving aspect was great.
Installation instructions were non-existent. There was a sheet included that really told you nothing, and I could not find anything online.
No idea how much pellets to put in it. I relied on the BRS container for a recommendation according to tank size, but I'm not sure what the correct amount is for the reactor.
There was no strainer for the intake as pictured, but there was some strange valve included with no explanation as to why or how to set it.
There was also no outlet parts other than a hose barb fitting, and it's up to you to install PVC (that's what I did), or buy a hose to put on it.
great product By electricrcplane on 2/18/2013
electricrcplane would recommend this product to a friend
Takes up a limited amount of space and tunbles biopellets better than any other octopus biopellet reactor I've had.
Liking it By james on 9/22/2012
james would recommend this product to a friend
I recently purchased this for my 120.
Set-up was easy.
The only additional things you will need is PVC/reinforced tubing to plumb the unit to the vicinity of the inlet of your protein skimmer.
In addition to this it is recommended that the reactor be placed in a shaded area. My fuge is lighted, so I felt it best to block out the light to the cylinder of the reactor. This was an easy DIY. I just used some opaque material to make a sleeve to wrap around the cylinder and used nylon cable ties to clamp it. The material I chose was 1/64" black neoprene sheet. Works like a charm. I cut the sheet a little short so it does not fully wrap around and have a slit that is used to view the media and ensure it is tumbling.
This unit does come with a valve that screws into the inlet of the pump to control your flow.
Great product By Milton on 5/2/2012
Milton would recommend this product to a friend
Takes up limited space, easy to set up and does a great job.