Why does BRS recommend this?
Phosphates are going to be one of the biggest battles we have with a reef aquarium. The BRS GFO works even better in reactors due to it being denser than most other GFO. The price is just about double of standard GFO however you only need to use half as much which equals out in the long run. High Capacity is going to have less dust than almost all other GFO on the market and being able to buy it in bulk saves a ton of money.
High Capacity GFO is the best performing GFO we stock and capable of removing close to twice the phosphate as standard GFO by volume. We recommend this when you have a large tank or limited room in your media reactor.
Granular Ferric Oxide (GFO) removes phosphate from the aquarium and is one of the most commonly used filtration media used in the aquarium industry. GFO is one of the few ways to easily maintain ultra low phosphate levels on a consistent basis. Maintaining these ultra low levels will help prevent algae outbreaks as well as treat existing algae issues. Your aquarium's glass will also stay clear and free of the green hue significantly longer. GFO is most commonly used in a media reactor like the BRS reactor or media bag.
Phosphate inhibits proper coral growth by incorporating itself into the corals skeletal structure which makes it difficult for the coral to grow by laying down additional calcium and carbonate (alkalinity) ions. Maintaining ultra low phosphate levels will increase the growth of any SPS or LPS coral.
Algae outbreaks are one of the most common reasons for a complete tank shut down. We recommend preventing them by maintaining an ultra-low nutrient level environment where it would be difficult for them to get out of control to begin with. It is much easier to prevent outbreaks than it is to treat existing outbreaks.
Two Types of GFO:
- Granular GFO is varied in its shapes and requires the least amount of flow to tumble. Good for reactors.
- High Capacity GFO is twice as dense as Granular GFO, so twice as much material will fit into a reactor. It's extremely hard and has less dust to begin with. Fewer fines will be created during use and transportation. By volume, High Capacity GFO will remove roughly twice the phosphate compared to the same volume of Granular GFO. Best overall performance.
Special note on fighting existing algae problems: Algae needs three main nutrients to grow: phosphate, nitrate and light. Reducing any one of these will significantly slow down algae growth but may not completely solve your issue. Once algae takes hold, it can be a difficult battle but it is winnable. The best offense against algae is to take preventative measures and attack nutrient before an outbreak is apparent. Use the following suggestions and be aggressive if an algae problem is already present:
- Maintain undetectable phosphate levels with good feeding habits and use a phosphate remover like GFO. 99% of all phosphate is added to the tank via foods.
- Control nitrate levels by reducing feedings, increasing the water change schedule and maintaining a properly sized protein skimmer.
- Use nutrient free RO/DI water for water changes and top off water
- Shorten your lighting period or intensity. In some cases aquarists have found replacing old bulbs that have fallen out of their intended spectrum helps as well.
- Continuously remove as much algae as possible by hand.
- Add predators - nothing helps an algae outbreak as much as critters who eat it all day long. Various tangs, lawn mower blennies, crabs and snails are all good options. It is also theorized that a healthy pod population will also control algae growth before it gets a chance to take root.
Note: All Bulk GFO is packaged by weight.
|Product Name||BRS Bulk GFO Granular Ferric Oxide - High Capacity|
It will not release back phosphates under aquarium conditions.
It depends on how large your tank is. The easiest way to do the math is to use our reef calculator at the link below. You enter the size of the tank and the type of GFO you want to use, it will tell you how much GFO to add.
For a tank that size you would want to run 1 cup of GFO. The easiest way to do the math is to use the BRS Calculator right here:
The GFO HC is a denser/harder product which means it can handle more flow without breaking down (though at the same flow, its tumbling characteristics would be about the same). If you are trying to increase flow you could also remove the sponge pads in the reactor when using GFO.
It sure will. Its a great combo if you need something that is hang on back!
Thanks for getting in touch with us in regards to having too low of phosphate to allow for healthy corals. If you are using this and are not supplementing in amino acids/ target feeding, there is a change of corals bleaching and dying off slowly due to low availability of nutrients that they need. Please let me know if there is anything else that we can assist with. Thanks!
That's a great question! What we have found to work well for us is to cut the amount of gfo down based upon your change frequency. For example, if you change your carbon every two weeks, and would normally change your gfo every 4 weeks, just use half as much gfo as the calculator recommends and this will bring the gfo capacity more in line with your carbon schedule and avoid wasting extra media.
It is a good idea to rinse GFO quickly with tank water to wash off any small dust. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
GFO will help to remove silicates from the water slightly. It sole purpose however is for phosphate removal.
Overall you will use our aquarium calculator to find the correct amount between 2.5 cups for regular GFO and 1.25 cups for High Capacity. With this said you can use a single reactor for High Capacity and a larger reactor would be needed for the regular GFO. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
As long as it is stored in a sealed container and dry, it can last pretty much indefinitely. :-)
There will be 8 cups in a half gallon container.
It is best when tumbled in a fluidized bed reactor as the media otherwise has a tendency to harden into a brick, but even placed in a filter sock would be better then nothing.
There isn't any minimum size limit to the high capacity gfo. It can be used in any aquarium it just happens to be more popular in larger tanks because you don't need as much media. Its handy when your trying to keep the equipment smaller while still maintaining the same effect.