carbon and/or gfo never was easier on my 180 sps reef By crackischeaper on 6/18/2014
crackischeaper would recommend this product to a friend
I took the advice of another review and got the extra cartridge. You should have seen the mess I was dealing with on my last carbon/gfo solution. Every-time I did maintenance I tried to justify removing it from my system entirely... No more. I am ignoring the recommendation to not run carbon and gfo at the same time on this unit. I have the cartridge filled all the way up with my mix of gfo/carbon and have the flow just trickling out of it. Some might scoff at this, but I don't rinse the media at all either. My outlet returns to a filter sock where most (if any) fines are collected. This is the greatest piece of equipment added to my reef MUSTS list since the skimmer was invented. Thanks you guys for such an awesome product... but please consider pairing this with a pump when you sell it for lazy shoppers like me that want a 1 button add-to-cart for complete solution ;)
Almost as expected By Reefer on 2/25/2014
Reefer would recommend this product to a friend
This reactor performs as advertised with one small exception. While it holds 6 cups, you would not run 6 cups with it. Very few would want to and even less need to, but the capacity statement is misleading. I run GFO, around half filled. It is amazing how little flow is needed to dance the GFO.
Great Unit for Price By Joe on 1/15/2014
Joe would recommend this product to a friend
This unit is larger than I expected, but has been working great on my 150 reef. Instructions are helpful on how much media to use (currently using a mix of GFO and carbon, and my phosphate levels have never looked better). Hooked it up to a Diablo DC pump so I can alter the flow going in, which is incredibly helpful for any reactor. My only criticisms are: wish it came with bolts for mounting the large metal bracket, and wish it had more universal PVC mounting. Had to rig quite a few reducers to make the pump fit the tubing.
Can be used as a biopellet reactor with easy modification By jrsevy on 10/5/2013
jrsevy would recommend this product to a friend
I was using this for GFO but I was having nitrate issues and decided to keep both phosphates and nitrate in check with bio pellets. My reef tank is 150 gallons.
This is what I did:
Replace the sponges with a plastic mesh (hot glue gun needed). Sponges will collect detritus. A plastic mesh will increase the flow through the jumbo. The mesh just needs to contain the larger size bio pellets compared to GFO or carbon, which the sponges are sized for. I found a circular plastic mesh online that I cut to fit.
The best way to plumb a bio pellet reactor with the jumbo:
The reactor pump output through the reactor should attach to the pump inlet with a valve for control. Install a tee to the pump input, so it can suck controllable tank water. A tee installed prior to pump input should be directed to the skimmer input with an inline valve to control how much tank water is sucked in and directed to skimmer.
The whole point of this is having the ability to control how much water is fed back into the tank through the bio pellet reactor and into the skimmer without restricting the water flow (tumbling action) in the reactor. This is important because the bio pellets can strip P and N quickly from a tank and starve corals. It takes 3 to 4 weeks for bio pellets to colonize the P and N eating bacteria, so that's the critical time to monitor. Increased feeding with bio pellets is normal and the tank/sand will be cleaner.
The jumbo reactor is better built than those expensive bio pellet reactors. The inlet/outlet is 1", so keep your piping diameter as big as you can to increase pump flow through it.
Stifles Flow By Jeffrey on 7/27/2013
Jeffrey wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I purchased this reactor because it would be easier to exchange media. I have the unit tied into a manifold powered by my hammerhead gold. I also have a vertex reactor and a biopellet reactor on the manifold, which have to be dialed back. The BRS reactor stifles flow and I’m only getting a trickle coming out. I tried completely closing off the other reactors and no change to the BRS flow. I had filled the reactor with less than half its capacity. Getting rid of some of the elbows may help. Unless you have a powerful dedicated pump, find another reactor. I tried to immediately return the reactor, with no luck. This experience was the first time BRS disappointed me with their customer service.
Inner container needs work By Kizmar on 2/19/2013
Kizmar wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I used this to run GFO in my system. The first set up was really easy, but when the time came to clean it and replace the GFO material I can into issues.
The sponge that's supposed to stay glued to the threaded inner container cap came unglued when I tried to take it apart. I ended up super-gluing it back together, but now the GFO falls through the threaded side when I add the material and flip it in the direction it's supposed to sit in the outer container. I'm assuming this is because the sponge needs to be glued all the way around and I just glued it in the middle.
This is all after the first cleaning mind you... I would score it better if this sponge issue didn't start so soon. It renders the entire thing almost useless.
Easy to install and well built By Seth on 9/19/2012
Seth would recommend this product to a friend
I purchased two of these jumbo reactors several months ago.One for GFO and one for Carbon. They were very easy to install. IMO very good quailty parts.
Easy to adjust flow through the reactors. Make sure you do not tumble the carbon though as I did or you will get lots of fines in your system.
Only suggestion I have is to have clear filter canisters.
extremely efficient By Byron on 3/21/2012
Byron would recommend this product to a friend
these units are not only cost effective, the ease of maintance is the strong point... have an extra cartrige ready and changing your media is a 2 minute job...
Excellent Product By Ted on 3/8/2012
Ted would recommend this product to a friend
I am a fan of BRS and their product lines. This is a high quality and easty to put to use product. All required parts supplied and many are pre assembled. Great Product
Works great By jrsevy on 3/5/2012
jrsevy would recommend this product to a friend
The supplied sponge filters keep GFO and granulated carbon in place. I wanted to try Purigen but it is too small for the sponges to hold. I wrapped the top/bottom sponges with bags I kept from some Chemi-Pure Elite I had used up and it works well by securing the bottom sponge with a couple of small zip ties that poke through the sponge so it wouldn't float up (the supplied bottom sponge was hot glue down). My recommendation is to fill no more than half with Purigen to allow the little balls to tumble by using a valve to get the flow just right.
I also installed a regular sized filter housing with a 180 micron filter post Jumbo BRS reactor to keep the reactor contents from entering my tank, in the event it leaks by the sponges.
The Jumbo BRS is built like a tank and should last a lifetime.
Great Product By Christopher on 2/20/2012
Christopher would recommend this product to a friend
Bought one of these for GFO, it is pretty big and built very well. Very easy to get up and running. The only down fall is when using GFO it is hard to see when its tumbiling. Would be nice to see them update the cartridge to the new clear hard shell.
Works perfect By Adam on 2/9/2012
Adam would recommend this product to a friend
Purchased this for my 125 gallon tank to run Carbon. Easy to use, did not make a mess and no leaks.
5 Star Product By Joseph on 1/7/2012
Joseph would recommend this product to a friend
This product was very well made and lives up to all standards. I fully recommend this product for the price.
horrible product By ron p on 11/9/2011
ron p wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Worst reactor I've ever tried. Screws that hold chamber to metal bracket strip easily. Sponges in reactor clog when using GFO. Sponges come unglued then fall on media not allowing media to "tumble" .
Excellent product ! By MAREK on 10/5/2011
MAREK would recommend this product to a friend
After few weeks of research I bought 2 Jumbo reactors for my 150G+50G Sump. One for GFO and second one for Carbon. Very solid construction. It's a excellent addition to my system. They are working perfect with Eheim 5000 Compact+ pump. Very easy maintenance.
The issues with the heat glue not sticking to the filter part where the cap is, it's NOT a problem. It's very easy to fix it.
I strongly recommend this product for 120G plus systems.
HUGE By Milford on 9/15/2011
Milford would recommend this product to a friend
Currently am running full of carbon on my 180 . Setup was easy and am running this and the smaller reactor with gfo and circulating my chiller off of a mag 9.5. Another solid product from BRS...
Pretty good but needs quality control By Kingsnake on 8/11/2011
Kingsnake would recommend this product to a friend
I ordered 6 of these and 2 of the 6 had issues with the heat glue not sticking to the filter part where the cap is. Instructions online (Video) are not step by step so if you are a NOOB it does take a little understanding to figure it out exactly.
Buy It By John on 5/31/2011
John would recommend this product to a friend
Great reactor. I bought 2 of these to upgrade from my Dual BRS GFO and Carbon reactor that had become too small when I upgraded to a 200 gallon tank. I find that my mag drive 5 will not tumble 4 cups of GFO so make sure to go with a large pump.
very well built By Jerry on 4/29/2011
Jerry would recommend this product to a friend
I purchased two for GFO and Carbon. It's made much better than I expected. Very high quality. By far the best one I have ever purchased.
Well built By Shane on 4/21/2011
Shane would recommend this product to a friend
The sturdy build makes canister removal easy. I prefer this unit over the standard reactor because of the sturdy mounting bracket.
Good - but GFO is challenging By Brad on 3/2/2011
Brad would recommend this product to a friend
I bought two of these. One for GFO and the other for carbon. The units are built very well and I like the swivel connectors. The mounting bracket is beefy and would probably support a truck. The only downfall I have is in using the BRS GFO pellets. The pellets are small enough they pass through the filter sponge and into my sump. It's only a small amount, but it's enough to require the use of a filter sock. If you are using GFO in one of these I highly recommend dumping it into a filter sock and not directly into your aquarium or sump. I did price the components separately to see what it would cost to make my own and I couldn't beat it - so I think it is a great value for what you get.
excellent product! By jack on 12/15/2010
jack would recommend this product to a friend
this is the very best media reactor I have ever purchased. ease of use and it gets the job done!
Well worth the money By David on 9/12/2010
David would recommend this product to a friend
This thing is awesome. Its built very well and makes changing carbon a breeze!! It was always a pita to run carbon in my system because of limited space in my sump but now its a simple matter to change and maintain the carbon. Its a excellent addition to my system!
Nice Reactor By Mike R. on 8/27/2010
Mike R. would recommend this product to a friend
I set up my Jumbo reactor. It is for a 150 Gallon tank with around a 25 gallon sump.
Bigger than I thought, but this thing is rock solid. I have 3 cups of pellet GFO running in it.
Fairly simple to set up. Basically plug in the pump and that is it. A MJ1200 barely pushed the pellets, but it seemed to work. I wound up feeding it off my main pump instead.
A lot of help from BFS. The best part of the product is their support both before I bought it and then after.