- BRS GFO & Carbon Reactor - Deluxe
Why does BRS recommend this?
The Deluxe reactor has a slimmer form as the bracket is molded directly into the canister head, as well as integrated push connect fittings to keep things as compact as possible. Along with the standard 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.
Deluxe BRS GFO & Carbon Reactor comes with the following features over our standard BRS reactor.
- Sleek black styling
- Heavy duty built In bracket
- Included elbows for easy hose routing
- Pressure release for allowing air to escape
- Lower profile canister with increased transparency.
Ultra-transparent media cartridge allows for clearest viewing of reactor media
The Deluxe BRS GFO & Carbon Reactor is designed to be easy to use, setup and maintain the BRS fluidized reactor is perfect for utilizing GFO and Carbon in the aquarium. several distinct advantages over other brands.
- Ultra-transparent media cartridge allows for clear viewing of reactor media
- Heavy duty plastic construction
- ½" fittings and ports throughout to reduce head pressure and provide ample flow rates
- Swivel 90° fittings on both sides of the unit for easy positioning of the tube
- (2) 3 Ft. sections of tubing
- Filter wrench
- High quality ½" ball valve for precise tuning.
- Holds three cups of carbon (Approx. 300g) or two cups of GFO (Approx 290g).
- Dimensions are 13"H x 6"W x 5" D
- Pump (optional) and media sold separately
BRS GFO & Carbon Reactors use 1/2" Push Connect fittings and 1/2" Mur-Lok Polyethylene Tubing
Awesome product By SC Reefer on 1/29/2018SC Reefer would recommend this product to a friendhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXzDPETpd7M
Straight By Lucas on 1/15/2018Lucas would recommend this product to a friendCan't compare it to other reactors because this is the only one I own. But the canister itself is awesome. Pump died 5 months in. I didn't clean it or anything though. Push connects can be a little drippy if you don't maintain. Solid product i would buy it again with out the pump though.
Does what is says but puts fines into your tank By Trent on 1/14/2018Trent would recommend this product to a friendI set this up to tumble GFO. Even on what seems to be the lowest setting to keep the GFO slightly tumbling and the sponge in place to keep the fines from escaping into my tank the water is brown and cloudy. I put the outlet into my sock filter and it cleared up significantly. It does mean I need to switch out my filter sock every 1.5 to 2 days which is problematic. I'm going to try the high capacity GFO when I exhaust the regular BRS GFO that I ordered with it. All that being said my phosphate dropped to a lower level than I can detect with my test. If the higher capacity GFO doesn't work I'm thinking about setting up a filter sock just for the reactor outlet.
Great product By scott on 12/10/2017scott would recommend this product to a friendReceived this reactor a few weeks ago and I am very pleased with the ease of set up and use. I am currently using it for carbon only and it certainly beats using bags of carbon.
Great! By John on 11/28/2017John would recommend this product to a friendGreat quality product. Heavy duty, will never have to replace. Easy to install, no leaks. The MF1200 pump is a little chintzy, but it works.
Reactor By William on 11/17/2017William would recommend this product to a friendThis product does what is says and worked well for me with no leaks. Also easy to install.
5 stars for the price By Joe on 9/11/2017Joe would recommend this product to a friendI'm using this reactor with a carbon/GFO mix - so no tumbling. Bought a couple of nylon bolts and wingnuts at the hardware store and find they are sufficient to hang the reactor on the inside of my sump. Stiff tubing works in this scenario as the outflow and the inflow just go straight down into the water.
I attached the MJ400 with an 90 elbow to the inflow tube with the pump intake facing down. The pump just hangs in the water so very quiet. I'm using an MJ400 pump as it has a lower flow rate and uses only 7.5 watts.
Photo here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/J34FZ1vGTwklbLLs2
Cannot hang on sump or place on sump's bottom. By John on 8/17/2017John would recommend this product to a friendI purchased 2 of these reactors for placement in my sump. I know that they are designed for external mounting, but in the BRS video it shows that they can be placed on the bottom of the sump. I thought that I could somehow find a way to hang it on the inside of my sump or simply place it on the sump's bottom. Hanging it on the inside of the sump is not an option (without excessive modification) and unfortunately, the canister is rounded on the bottom with only a thin circle of plastic that actually contacts the bottom. My pump's are connected so that they touch the bottom parallel with the bottom of the canister but, the reactor still will not stand upright with any movement of the return hoses or other movement within the sump. The reactor's instability does not seem to allow any stable method of sump placement.. Why don't they make the flat on the bottom???
It does the job! By Jose on 7/20/2017Jose would recommend this product to a friendNice affordable kit, comes with everything you need. Quality Cobalt pump and easy to install. All in all pleased.
Great reactor By Joshua on 4/8/2017Joshua would recommend this product to a friendI like how you can hang this, it's built well and comes with plenty of fittings, and nice hose that you can shape how you want and it
Best Reactor for the money By David on 4/2/2017David would recommend this product to a friendI installed this as a GFO reactor and it has performed fantastic. Within a week my phosphates were zero. I am going to add a 2nd one as a carbon reactor and run it off of the same maxijet with a "Y" connection.
Sets the standard By Michael on 3/30/2017Michael would recommend this product to a friendYou won't find a better reactor, especially for the price. I would recommend upgrading to the silicon tubing. It's a heck of a lot easier to work with, especially if you're trying to plumb everything in a tight space under your tank.
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You would want the jumbo as the deluxe would not be large enough for running the GFO as it would require more then the 2 cup capacity of the reactor for GFO. ROX carbon would be fine in the deluxe though though. The hose on all of the BRS reactors is the same 1/2" hose.
It can be physically but generally isn't recommended as in practice it requires a lot larger pump if connected in series, and if connected in parallel can be a bit of a pain to keep the reactors in tune.
There is a small 1/2" push connect union that connects the two, it is white and looks a lot like the grey ball valve but without the valve (though you could actually use the ball valve itself if you wanted as well).
This one right here would do the trick:
I see in the description that you recommend having extra refillable cartridges for the media reactors, and while I agree that this is an excellent idea, I am having trouble locating them. I found the ones for the mini reactor but not the full size. Do you sell extra cartridges?
I have included a link below. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
The Flow will be different for Carbon and GFO. Ideally GFO will be tumbling and can be tuned using the included ball valve. In addition Carbon should not tumble and run smoothly with sponges on top and bottom in most cases.
Also could I just stand the reactor outside the sump or mount it on the inside of the stand? Not enough room in sump to place it inside. Right now I have a TLF 150 reactor hanging on the outside. It seems to get clogged with a chemipure blue 5.5 oz bag in it.
It wouldnt be a big issue to use the deluxe reactor with something like biopellets so long as you remove the sponges and it will generally require a larger pump, though its capacity for biopellets is about a cup so its only suitable for small tanks. Biopellets usually require a pretty good flow rate otherwise they clump together and don't tumble at all, hence the larger pump.
We unfortunately do not have replacement pressure release components or canisters for the deluxe models. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
The deluxe will ship with standard polyethylene tubing. It will come with the same high quality mur-lok connectors however. If you would like to switch to silicon tubing we do have a separate kit available.
We have replacement elbows available which are stem x push for replacement of the Deluxe elbow. I have included the link below!
Black Elbow - 1⁄2" Stem x 1⁄2" Push Connect
For phosphate control we find GFO to be one of the best supplements and easily can be incorporated into your reactor you already have! You can mix GFO and Carbon together in the reactor (making sure the GFO is not touching which may cause clogging) Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Overall you will need filter sock to remove larger particles from the tank! The reactor is used for carbon and GFO filtration to remove odors, colors and with GFO phosphate from the water. Running both GFO and carbon in the deluxe will work with the 75 gallon just fine! Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
It is not required when running GFO as its ok (and usually encouraged) for the GFO to tumble. It is also coarse enough that it largely won't fall through the bottom of the cartridge (not that it hurts anything if it does either).
Compact Pump 1000 (267 GPH) - Eheim
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Are they 3 inch round with a center hole or 4 inch with an offset hole?
These don't use any sort of standard size sponge, it uses sponges specifically made for the reactor cartridges which can be found right here:
If you use regular Bituminous Carbon you will need a reactor which can hold over 3 cups of Media. This can Include our BRS Jumbo Reactor which holds up to 6 cups. As for GFO if you select standard GFO you will need 4-5 cups total of media. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
How could one put this reactor inline?
This reactor can work great in a manifold running off of a larger pump. You can simply purchase the kit and use the Mur Lok adapter listed below to connect the Polyethylene tubing in the kit to standard PVC threaded fittings in a 1/2" size. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
1⁄2" Male NPT x 1⁄2" Push Connect
1⁄2" Male NPT x 1⁄2" Push Connect
You could use the rector body as a secondary chamber for a calcium reactor, or even a nitrate reactor. You may need to adapt some fittings to get the ½” push connect fittings to plumb up to your calcium reactor, but you definitely can use it. : )
I personally like to always keep an extra cartridge on hand. You simply just fill up the extra one with your media, then turn the reactor off, and take out the old cartridge and place the new (unrinsed) cartridge and media into the reactor. Once you get it sealed back up you will just want to grab the output tube from the reactor and collect the first gallon of water or until it runs clear. I find it best to do it right before or after water changes when I have extra saltwater mixed up.
This will only work if you use High Capacity GFO and ROX carbon. At this point we instead recommend 2 reactors or a dual to enough coverage and room to tumble. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
The deluxe reactors have brackets molded into the heads of the canisters which disables us from connecting two deluxe canisters directly together to create a dual reactor, but if you wanted to mount each one individually side by side you could make a dual reactor with a small piece of tubing connecting them. We do not sell the deluxe canisters separately at this time, but it wouldn’t shock me if you see them for sale individually in the near future.
We sure do! These would be what you are looking for:
The reactors will fill with air if bubbles are introduced to the pump which will not easily allow air our unless the pressure knob at the top releases it. Additionally air can enter the system if one or more of the connections is not tight which can draw in air as the water passes. Feel free to let us know via direct email or phones if the issue continues and we will be more than willing to help!
The first thing I would check is to make sure the reactor cartridge isn't in crooked. Assuming thats the case make sure the pump is pumping water (not air locked or something). Assuming it is pumping water, disconnect the tubes to see where the flow stops at. There isn't much (or really anything) to go wrong with one, so its most likely something silly like a closed valve or misaligned part. If you don't find the problem let us know and we will help you figure it out.
With high Capacity GFO and ROX 0.8 Carbon this could work well.
With proper care that the sponges are placed in the reactor you certainly can run purigen. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
It would be as simple as connecting the output from one reactor to the input of the next reactor. This setup isn't as ideal with two independent reactors though as the extra tubing and fittings will add extra drag, so a larger pump may be necessary.
You can use individual reactors with high capacity GFO and ROX 0.8 carbon. If you feel the tumble of the GFO is not enough a larger reactor such as Phosban 500 or BRS jumbo certainly can be used!
Unfortunately we are a little confused as to the wording of the question. The GFO deluxe reactor does run off of a feed pump (typically the MJ1200) he reactor does not have any air pushing or pulling rather the pump which can only push water through the system. Let us know if you would like follow up or clarification by email or telephone!
The dual reactor will work great for your system! You will want to run the GFO and Carbon separately in their respective canisters. Many of our BRS made products will not have the logo as the reviews will speak for themselves! Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
This can work however you will want a few extra elbows and an additional mur lok ball valve to halt the flow when changing the media. the elbows will help to hold the tubing over the side of the tank. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
This can work will with the use of ROX 0.8 Carbon and High Capacity GFO. The system will not come with included media and it can be purchased separately. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
You would want to increase the pump to something like the Sicce 1.5 for added boost and head height. The Sicce with the Mur lok NPT adapter in 1/2" size will be perfect!
The Mini will be a great fit for a system of your size. To keep the media from tumbling you will use the provided sponge pads to hold the media tight. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions.
We are currently shipping reactors with the Hard shell inserts. You can find the replacement pads here:
I hope this helps!
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Thank you for the time.
The reactor tubing is just 1/2" Polyethylene (RO) tubing. It can be found right here:
It will depend on the phosphate level in the system. The Algae will still need to be removed by hand and lights turned off to take it back. The GFO will reduce phosphate levels to keep it from growing further. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
When completely filling with GFO there can often be slight separation in the middle depending on how quickly the flow was introduced into the reactor. Often starting the reactor slower will lower the amount of push up to the to. We recommend staying as low as possible with GFO for the tank to keep tumbling the GFO correctly I have included a link to our reef calculator which determines the amount to use based on tank size.
Is this reactor and tubing suitable for running water coming out of an ozone reactor ? that is, will it not be damaged ?
I'd like to use it with activated carbon to eliminate any ozone from the water
This is not Ozone resistant and would fail prematurely if used with excess amounts of ozone. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Where can I get that type of tubing?
Its just 1/2" RO tubing and we do sell it right here:
The deluxe is a bit more heavy duty as the bracket of the reactor is one piece with the top of the canister rather then being screwed on. The deluxe also comes with some additional elbows for routing your tubing.
On a 135g tank you would 1 cup of the high capacity GFO. For carbon it would depend on the type of carbon, but assuming lignite it would be 1.25 cups. If your thinking of a different type of carbon you can use the handy reef calculator to do the math for you. It can be found right here:
The reactor itself is compatible if you remove the foam sponges from the cartridge, though keep in mind that bio-pellets usually require a larger pump then the mj1200 and this reactor doesn't include fittings for connecting to a larger pump like a danner mag drive (though they can still be purchased separately).
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Phosphate and nitrate can be a bit difficult to get a handle on because your test kit only measures the amount of it currently in the water sample your testing. If it is being consumed by the algae, its not present in the water and can give a false sense of security in low readings. The first thing I would suggest is running GFO to remove phosphates while removing the algae in the tank, along with other good maintenance, water changes, etc. As you remove the algae from the tank it won't be able to consume phosphates as there added, which should then be removed by the GFO and not available for the algae to grow.
The reactor has a limited capacity (about 2 cups) so it will only work on smaller tanks, but you can run both GFO and carbon at the same time.
Great question. Unfortunately the BRS reactor does not hang on the tank. It must be mounted to a stand/wall, etc or set in the sump. If you need something that hangs on the back of the tank, the phosban reactor will usually be your best bet!