- BRS GFO & Carbon Mini Reactor - 5" Single
Why does BRS recommend this?
All of the BRS reactors come with easy to use push connect tubing, flow control, and a refillable cartridge. We took easy to find components to keep things cheap, while designing an efficient easy to refill reactor for aquarium use. We keep hearing our reactors are the easiest to refill even when compared to others three times the price. When changing the media is easy you are more likely to do it in a timely fashion as well. We also recommend having an extra refillable cartridge on hand to make changing media that much easier.
Easy to use, setup and maintain. Perfect for utilizing GFO and Carbon in the aquarium. No annoying thumb screws and leaky lids like other reactors. BRS recommends a Cobalt Aquatics MJ 1200 pump to operate this reactor. Sold separately or packaged with the pump. Choose a different pump depending on mounting height and amount of media used.
The BRS GFO & Carbon Reactor features several distinct advantages over other brands.
- Ultra-transparent media cartridge allows for clear viewing of reactor media
- Heavy duty plastic construction
- High quality easy to use double O-Ring push-connect fittings
- Easy to operate, clean and maintain
- Filter wrench included
- (2) 3 Ft. sections of tubing
- High quality ball valve for precise tuning
- Ability to run carbon and GFO at the same time
- Instantly attaches to popular pumps like Maxi-Jets using included push connect fittings
- 1/2" fittings and ports throughout reduce head pressure and provide ample flow rates
- Holds 1/2 cup of carbon (Approx. 50g) and 1/4 cup of GFO (Approx. 35g) mix or 3/4 cup of only carbon (Approx 105g)
- Dimensions: 9"H x 8"W x 5.5"
- Pump (optional) and media sold separately
Tubing Was A Joke By Josh on 11/25/2017Josh wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThe included tubing is such a pain to work with. The reactor started leaking after a few days as well. My first time shopping at BRS and purchasing a BRS product and it's safe to say I am not impressed at all.
Excellent product By Jerry on 11/2/2017Jerry would recommend this product to a friendI have a 50 gallon reef tank and this was the perfect reactor for that size tank. I have limited room in my stand cabinet and this fit on the wall just above my sump. It was easy to plumb (I read other reviews saying how difficult it was) the white tubing that comes with it is rigid but was easy to cut with a PVC ratchet cutter ($10 at a home store). I actually like the rigid white tubing as it does not flop around. I ordered the kit with the pump and the union fit the pump discharge perfectly. The pump is quite and I adjusted the flow with the included ball valve per the instructions and everything is working well. This was my first purchase with BRS, the products seem very high quality and a great value. I will be back purchasing more products in the future.
Soaked and cut my finger but got it working :) By Jello on 6/5/2017Jello wouldn't recommend this product to a friendOmg! I was expecting this to be pretty simple but it wasn't. Once I got it all connected I started it up and water works all over the place. Then as I quickly tried to get it under control the rigid hoses broke a panel in my sump that ended up cutting my finger. The fish don't seem to mind my blood. That's kind of scary. Anyway, more instructions could have come with the unit. Also it was missing the foam pieces. Only came with one. If you are going to use the connectors included throw in a connector wrench. Other products that use these connnectors throw in that little wrench.
I am disappointed as this is my first purchase and instead of it being easy and inexpensive it cost me more to fix the damage.i
Leaky By Laura T. on 5/5/2017Laura T. would recommend this product to a friendJust purchased the mini reactor and hooked it up. I cant vouch forbthe end results as far as water quality just yet BUT i have to agree with what others have said about the tubing being way too rigid. Its very difficult to manuver. Also the most important issue so far for me is that the in and out elbow fittings both leak on and off even when im not fiddleing with the tubing. I would prefer to mount this somewhere but no way it leaving the sump with leaky fittings. Pretty disappointed. Brs has such nice quailty stuff.
Just as I suspected By Nick on 10/17/2016Nick would recommend this product to a friendThis thing is a beefcake. Same simple yet sturdy design as the normal size reactor, but in a smaller form. The small foot print is a huge plus in the reefing industry because of all the new toys that come out. Functionality and performance are top notch. Would highly recommend this reactor.
Great Product By Gb on 10/12/2016Gb would recommend this product to a friendThis is a really well made product. Its sturdy. Tightens and Un-tightens easily. I use this for my Gfo and Carbon mixed together and it works great.
Only two points.
1. Wish it came with a couple extra sponges. With only one sponge the media inside the reactor now tends to push the sponge up. Therefore there is some tumbling going on with the carbon and gfo mix. A couple extra sponges allows you to hold everything in place better. Or allows you to replace the one thats in there now which is getting old.
2. If there was an option of semi-ish-flexible tubing as well. The white tubing is really ridged and in smaller sumps is hard to move about and position nicely in between other equipment and is in the way sometimes.
That being said I would Definitely recommend getting this as it really works well, and you will see a marked improvement in your water quality especially when coupled with the BRS higher quality carbon and GFO.
PERFECT! By Scott on 6/29/2016Scott would recommend this product to a friendI must say i absolutely love this mini reactor!!! Included instructions are so short and sweet, it sets up in minutes! I used this in my mini reef tank (20gal breeder) i just set it up in my sump filled it with BRS ROX 0.8 Carbon and BRS High Capacity GFO and my water was crystal clear in about an hour! This is a must have for a new reefer or anyone with a small tank!
SIMPLE -- Works, & Effective. By Tim on 6/28/2016Tim would recommend this product to a friendVery simple, works well.
I use this with a 29g BioCube that's an SPS dominant reef with Zoa's on the bottom. I do weekly water changes, run an AquaMaxx Hob 1 skimmer and keep my water clean. This seriously brought it to another level, crystal clear water and a good response from my corals.
Carbon and GFO By William on 6/3/2016William wouldn't recommend this product to a friendWater flow is LOW so im not sure how much of a benefit this reactor is. I will be looking for alternative reactor.
Works just like it says it does By James on 5/26/2016James would recommend this product to a friendI've had this for a year now and I've never and problems with it. I read reviews about how they don't like the hard tubes that it comes with or that the connectors leak or that it doesn't tumble. The tubing is fine if you're using in/near a sump, if not, get different tubing. The connectors, like all push fitting connectors aren't meant to be disconnected and connected contently. It makes it easier if you need to make changes but the little rubber seal will wear down if you disconnect these to change the media every time. It's also not made to tumble, as it says. It's a really nice "reactor" for small spaces. the only thing I think it should come with that it doesn't is a filter for the pump. Using this without the pump filter is just a huge headache. It will clog in no time. Get the two pack, they just pull off and push back on in two seconds and you don't have to worry about clogging the canister.
Did the job until the first time I had to replace media then developed terrible leaks By none on 3/20/2016none wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThis product needs to be reconsidered. The ridged tubing it came with was completely useless. I ended up replacing it with flexible tubing from a hardware store. It worked fine until I had to replace the media. After the replacement both connectors on either side leaked. I tried all kinds of methods to resolve the issue, but the leak never stopped. The leak issue makes this product useless. The connector method needs to be re-evaluated.
Nice product By Pastelball on 3/7/2016Pastelball would recommend this product to a friendThis reactor is nice. Easy to setup and great for small places.
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The Mini Reactor will be very difficult to use with Bio-pellets, the reason is the pellets will clog very quickly due to the shape and design of the reactor body. We recommend a reactor designed specifically for Bio-pellets whenever possible. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Ideally this Will work on a max flow around 300 GPH, typically between 150 to 200 works great depending on the head height. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
You can choose to either split the return pump or use a separate pump. Both options will work well!
The phosban media can be used alone. It is not recommended to tumble media in the mini reactor as it is too small and may allow for clogging. there is not a need to mix Phosban with other media. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
The size of system is going to depend on what type of media you are using. The reactor holds up to 3/4 cup of media.
3/4 cup of ROX carbon for instance will treat a 120 gallon system
1/2 cup of High Capacity GFO which leaves room to tumble media, will treat a 65 gallon system.
Check out our reef calculator to see how many gallons your chosen media will treat.
Are there any drawbacks to using the mini for both carbon and GFO?
The mini will hold 1.5 cups of media. It can be used with Carbon or carbon and GFO mixed together just fine however is too small for only GFO as it would clog. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
The mini is able to hold around 1.5 cups of media and would be too small for a 125 gallon tank. For that sized tank you will need the standard reactor. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
We do have replacement O-Rings which are the same as our other canisters. I have included a link below.
The MJ1200 can work great with 2 reactors. by connecting the tubing is a fairly easy option. The only issue is if you are planning on running GFO it will need to be mixed with Carbon on the Mini as the GFO will clog very quickly by itself in the Mini reactor. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
If High Capacity GFO and ROX 0.8 Carbon are used it can work. However standard GFO or Carbon will need a larger reactor.
They will not fit, as the threading on each of those canisters are different. :-)
The mini would be a little small and not hold enough media. We recommend the standard reactor instead. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!