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Meh By Kyuss on 8/18/2014Kyuss wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI 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 2/17/2014CoRRoD would recommend this product to a friendI 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 8/17/2013Riet would recommend this product to a friendTypical 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 2/18/2013electricrcplane would recommend this product to a friendTakes up a limited amount of space and tunbles biopellets better than any other octopus biopellet reactor I've had.
Liking it By james on 9/22/2012james would recommend this product to a friendI 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 5/2/2012Milton would recommend this product to a friendTakes up limited space, easy to set up and does a great job.
Previously Asked Questions
by Eric on May 4, 2014, @11:46 AM
How does this setup? Does it sit in the sump? Does it come with all tubing that's needed?
Bulk Reef Supply Hi Eric,
The reactor simply sits in the sump and supplies water from the attached feed pump and the water exist the fitting on the top. Depending on your setup you may not need any tubing at all, but if you do need to run the output somewhere then you would want to use either 1/2" PVC or it also includes 1/2" barb fittings for flexible tubing (the tubing itself is not included).
Created especially for the aquarist with limited space. Reef Octopus All-in-One Space Saving reactors are simple to setup up, saves valuable space and conserves costly energy. Powered by an energy efficient water blaster pump to provide the correct amount of feed flow for the biopellet media. Water is directly injected into the media chamber enhancing the pumps performance and provides even distribution of flow through the media. The water inlet /bottom chamber’s is a specially engineered structure that prevents the media from exiting the chamber and entering the pump when the power is off. A rigid sieve plate fixed on the top cover to prevent the leakage of pellets through the output of the unit. Unique in design this reactor doesn’t have a pipe in the middle of chamber making it super easy to remove the cover to refill the biopellet media. The cover has four install orientations, makes it easy to be set up in your sump. These units come in 3 different sizes.
Reef Octopus Biopellet Reactors
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Tank Size: 170-250 gallons
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Volume: 2500 mL biopellets
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