- MBR127 Macroalgae Reactor - Skimz
Grow macroalgae without a refugium!
Growing algae like chaetomorpha will greatly help your reef aquarium with nutrient issues like nitrate and phosphate. The Skimz MBR127 Macroalgae reactor is designed to be placed in any sump and includes a LED lighting system designed for algae growth.
Dimensions - 7" L x 7" W x 17" H
- DC Controllable Quiet Pro Pump
- Quartz Sleeve
- LED Lighting System
- Integrated algae containment plates
Refugiums are a proven nutrient reduction method that grow specific algae like chaetomorpha that intake nutrients such as nitrate and phosphate. However, refugiums take up a lot of space, usually make a mess of your sump, and they are not efficient at directing flow through the algae. The Skimz MBR127 Macroalgae Reactor allows you to grow algae within a contained system, letting you have full control of the flow rate through the reactor and direct contact with the LED lighting system.
All Skimz Macroalgae Reactors include a high power LED lighting system that is encased in a crystal clear quartz sleeve. Quartz sleeves provide the highest optical clarity allowing much more light to pass through when compared to typical glass. The LEDs were selected to provide excellent nutrient intake while providing rapid growth. As water flows through the reactor and contacts the quartz sleeve, it will actively cool the LED lights. We do not recommend turning the light on without water flow through the reactor.
Controllable Quiet Pro DC Pump
The included DC pump gives you full control of the flow through the algae. The highly efficient Quiet Pro DC pumps run extremely quiet, using a brushless 6-pole synchronous motor. They also utilize a slow start-up mode that gradually builds up speed over the duration of about 20 seconds. With 9 different speed settings, dialing in the reactor is as simple as pushing up or down on the pump controller.
Max Tank Volume Recommendation - 100 Gallons
The size of macroalgae reactor your aquarium requires will vary depending on the amount of nutrient reduction needed. We suggest using the largest macroalgae reactor you can fit in your sump.
Dimensions - 7" x 7" x 17"
Min Water Level - 2.75"
Reactor Total Volume - 0.85 Gallons (approx)
Number of LEDs - 36 LEDs
LED Colors - Red, Blue, White
Pump Max Flow - 320 GPH
Pump Max Power - 13W
1x MBR127 Reactor
1x QP1.2 Skimz Quiet Pro Pump
1x Pump Controller
1x LED Lighting System
1x LED Power Supply
1x Pump Power Supply
Killed two batches of Chaeto By Patrick on 2/7/2018Patrick wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI tried twice to get this reactor up and running, just ended up killing the chaeto an polluting my tank. Defiantly would not recommend.
Setup difficulties but otherwise great By AarLis on 1/24/2018AarLis would recommend this product to a friendUse lubricant of some kind to insert the light! By the grace of God I still have both my hands when only using saltwater. The light casing exploded when I tried to insert it using only water as a lubricant.
The O-Ring as others have said is difficult to place. That is going to be a point of frustration for me as I have to pull out excess algae. Functionally everything's fairly tight, you just need to be patient with the O-ring and take extra precautions with the light insertion.
pump and controller made in china look cheap By Hung on 12/30/2017Hung wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI own MBR127 MACROALGAE REACTOR - SKIMZ build look good, but I got it about 5 months and the controller for the pump die not thing working now only the light still on, who need some thing use this kind off the pump beware of this, they are made in china you will trash your money
Very solidly built, but O ring is a problem By Andy on 12/19/2017Andy wouldn't recommend this product to a friendVery solidly built compact reactor. The O-ring under the lid is very difficult to put in place. Extremely frustrating to get it to stay where it needs to stay before you put the lid on it and less it's exactly right this thing leaks badly. For that reason I would not recommend it
Great product for the price By Jason on 12/9/2017Jason would recommend this product to a friendI am running this one my 150g system, it took a little bit to get going but I am consistently pulling our chaeto about once a month from the reactor.
Excellent Design and Easy SetUp By LuisBe on 11/20/2017LuisBe would recommend this product to a friendI purchased a high priced competitor's product at MACNA (initials PB), but almost 3 months later, I still haven't received it. I've completely cycled my new Red Sea Reefer 250 in that time. I'm using the Triton - Other Methods and was anxious to get a chaeto reactor going. Well, at half the price of the "PB" I was willing to give the Skimz MBR127 a chance. Upon opening the box, I was immediately impressed by its build quality and design. One of the biggest advantages of this reactor is the built in DC pump. Not having to plumb in a separate pump is a huge advantage. I have the speed on the lowest setting until the cheato starts to take off. Also, it's completely silent. Too bad, PAX BELLUM, I'm cancelling my order!
Neat Reactor By Joshua on 11/3/2017Joshua would recommend this product to a friendI leave this on 24 hours. The kessil h380 in my sump would get algae everywhere so beign blacked keeps sump clean from light spill over. Try getting some good chunks of chaeto in there to start , it tends to die off if you only have a tiny bit.
Mixed Reviews By Chris on 8/25/2017Chris wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI bought two of these units, one for each tank. On my SPS tank, I used it to replace an algae scrubber and it is not pulling out as many nutrients as the scrubber did. So much so in fact that my tank has gone through a bad decline. On my 93g softie tank, this reactor actually has problems growing algae. I keep having to replace algae in this reactor from the excess I strip from the first one.
I think this product works well, and is well built, but I would not trust it to handle any sizable nutrient export needs.
Awesome and easy By Matt on 8/23/2017Matt would recommend this product to a friendI noticed with the O-ring if you wet the O-ring a little bit and take the top acrylic part and kind of prove it around a little bit it'll go into place by itself when it's dry the O-ring will tend to roll that's why it doesn't say in the play so wet the O-ring wet the acrylic top portion and kind of move it in a circular motion until it's all in place and then look on the side and make sure it's flat I just started using this two days ago so I haven't noticed any channel Grove but I did notice some Cheeto breaking apart and getting stuck in the intake which was a little frustrating at first putting out that has stopped the only problem is I have very little room underneath in the r200v shop sump so it's kind of hard to see if there's any growth until it literally reaches the top so I'm just going to Hope and have faith and it's going to be growing I've always had bad luck with Cheeto but considering that it's an LED with the correct colors for macro algae I hope this works out well because the build is fantastic I have 120 gallon tank but bought the smaller model due to financial constraints but definitely excellent quality an excellent design
Great little reactor but leaky By Asonitez on 8/17/2017Asonitez would recommend this product to a friendI have this installed on my reef and it seems to be working well. Just take note the seal around the quartz led portion did not make a good seal for me. it leaked from the top alot. I'm not sure if this is how its designed but mine certainly leaks from the top.
Great Product By Mike on 8/9/2017Mike would recommend this product to a friendHave had these running in two separate tanks for a couple months now. Very happy with the results and how clean the sumps stay as a result of the self contained units. The nutrient levels in both tanks are well controlled as advertised. The only small downside is the top O-ring. When it comes off during maintenance it takes finesse to get back in place.
Works great! By Dayna on 6/19/2017Dayna would recommend this product to a friendSo I've had this set up for about 2 weeks running for 7 hours after my lights go out. I started off with a tiny amount of chaeto and it has already doubled in size and I'm seeing a decline in phosphates. I was worried about heat being an issue but it gives off none. My only issue is the o-ring is a little tricky to replace, but nothing major. It's also a little bulkier than I was expecting so it's a snug fit for a small sump but well worth it for the natural removal of excess nutrients. All in all, it looks sharp and is a much cheaper alternative to the Pax Bellum.
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2) Describe the water inlet and outlet.
3) The top of the reactor would have to be out of the water?
4) The picture shows it lights up when in use. Is that the case or just a dramatization?
Chaetomorpha and other macro-algae do require a cutting or tissue sample to get the algae culture started. From there, the algae should grow and fill in the reactor as nutrients are available. The reactor works through an up-flow design and the water is returned back to the bottom internally and will exit at the bottom. Because the light's wiring connections are at the top of the canister, you will need to ensure that these are above the water. The reactor utilizes internal LEDs to provide light to the algae and will produce a reddish light with the idea wavelengths to promote plant/algae growth.
This reactor can be used with a variety of macro-algae types, but the most popular and easiest to find by far would be the Chaetomorpha types. I'm afraid we really don't get into selling any livestock and as a result wouldn't really be able to offer a complete starter package. There are lots of sources both locally and online that should be able to provide you with a small starter culture.
If so-did you run 24 hrs a day or counter time to dt lights on.
Did you see any impact to ph?
Glad to hear you're liking your new reactor! We've been very pleased with the results we've seen so far as well. The maintenance interval will depend quite a bit on your nutrient levels in your tank, but a good starting point would probably be every 1-2 weeks. You will need to periodically harvest a portion of your algae mass so that you are completing the process of exporting the bound-up nutrients in the algae bio-mass, and also providing space for new growth.
Thankfully, Skimz has made control of their QP pumps very simple. There are 20 speed settings on the pump from F1 to F20, allowing for incremental control from 5% to 100%.
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