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Solid carbon dosing (biopellets) has recently become an extremely popular method of removing nitrates from the aquarium. The exact method of denitrification can be different for each tank but it mainly consists of a few things:
- Nitrate laden Bacteria is removed via the protein skimmer
- Bacteria directly converts nitrite into nitrous oxide so nitrate is never produced
- Bacteria consumes nitrates and processes them down into nitrogen gas
- Nitrate laden Bacteria is consumed by tank inhabitants like corals and sponges
Depending on the system it should take 4-8 weeks for the bacteria population to multiply and begin its work on your nitrates. Once you have the reactor going we suggest not making any adjustments for 8 weeks. Give the media and bacteria time to adjust to the parameters found in your tank and begin working. The absolute best advice we can give with this system is to set it up and forget about it for two months. Unless something is obviously not right, resist all temptation to make any changes until the two months are up.
BRS suggests 1 cup or 236 mL of biopellets per 50 gallons of aquarium water
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Mostly good, some bad. By Steven on 3/11/2017Steven would recommend this product to a friendThe material and construction is of the reactor is excellent, and the DC pump with controller make it super easy to dial in the flow to fluidize things. However, the center pipe was installed crooked and it's a trip trying to get it in the hole of the top plate. Also the genius that designed the o-ring on the top needs to be fired because that's a nightmare to install properly. As others eluded to, you cannot remove all the bottom works. Overall, I'd recommend it, but if the o-ring and lower workings were completely removable I'd be a lot happier.
Terrible design By Ray on 5/21/2016Ray wouldn't recommend this product to a friendWorked for about 3 weeks, then biopellets and debris got into the chamber, gummed things up. I thought that the inner chamber can be accessed and cleaned but it does not. Worst purchase I have made in this hobby as of yet. AVOID AT ALL COSTS.
Bad Bad Bad By Allen on 5/14/2016Allen wouldn't recommend this product to a friendAfter 2 months it has already clogged and created anaerobic conditions. So if you do use it, you have to check for flow constantly. I already see future problems with biopellets getting too small and falling through the screen and into the pumps causing headaches and maybe pump failure. Save your money, try something else brs might have.
Skimz nailed it. By brianOH on 4/8/2016brianOH would recommend this product to a friendI was worried reading other skimz reactor reviews, thought to myself skimz is better than that. took the dive and i wasn't disappointed. first off you need to break in the reactor before throwing pellets in. 3 days to a week then its ready. great biopellet reactor for a mid size tank.