Poor Design By John on 9/26/2017
John wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
This is a beautiful reactor but there is a very small bead of grey glue where the inlet pvc pipe is glued to the main reactor chamber. Right out of the box during assembly, the pvc pipe comes loose from the reactor chapter b/c of poor glue adhesion. This is brand new and should be made of better bonding material. I have contacted BRS and awaiting their reply. Based on many reviews with Vertex with no reply, I have no faith in Vertex when there is a problem. We will see, Keeping my fingers crossed and I do have faith in the customer service of BRS. I will keep you posted.
Quick pump failure; get silicone grease By twreefer on 1/21/2017
twreefer would recommend this product to a friend
There are a few things to watch out for. I would say that buying and applying silicone grease to the handle pipe that you pump vertically is an absolute necessity. It will not glide easily without it (if at all). I wish they would include the grease or at least let you know this is absolutely required to be able to pump it properly by hand.
Next, after only about 30 days of use, the Eheim pump quit working completely. Completely dead. Have not called support yet but hopefully they will take care of it.
Assuming that I get the pump working under warranty, I believe this will be a good reactor from the few weeks that I was able to experience it.
Do it right and get the KZ By Fred on 9/14/2016
Fred wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I had about 4 separate issues with this reactor, from day 1. Between the pump cover falling off to the o-ring, this reactor is not worth the hassles. 6 months of calls to Vertex got me nothing. Vertex refused to do anything for me besides send me another o-ring and suggest I crazy glue it into place... Really? I only went with this reactor to match my other Vertex and Royal Exclusiv equipment. Now I'm stuck with this oversized paperweight. I wish I had bought the KZ in the first place.
Well made By Jono on 2/26/2016
Jono would recommend this product to a friend
Definitely recommend this reactor. It is well made and comes with an adjustable flow rate pump
Why pay twice as much for KZ?? By stan on 12/13/2015
stan would recommend this product to a friend
this thing is awesome! pumps easily, great quality build. Why would anyone pay substantially more for KZ reactor??
Looks nice, not to tall fits in my stand easily and I can fit my hand in the chaimber By Brennen on 3/26/2014
Brennen would recommend this product to a friend
Its a nice reactor, I also had the o ring fall off on the bottom right away, It doesn't seem to fit very well, it also does not seem to have much of a purpose either. Small zeolites easily fall through the holes. Not entirely the reactors fault kz likes to cram about 1/3 of the bags full of pebbles. Kinda lame but it is what it is. I might try putting the small stones in a media bag at the top of the reactor on my next change out to avoid them falling through. Its nice for the compact size aquamaxx is thinner and taller, probably couldnt fix my hand in there so i went with vertex. dimensions 19" tall by 5" wide on reactor rod extended height 22"
Great Product! By its_so_zeoful on 2/16/2014
its_so_zeoful would recommend this product to a friend
I bought this reactor to jumpstart a new zeovit tank, and its built very nicely, and works very well. Adjustments can be made easily to pinpoint your flow rate.
Only reason why I gave it 4 stars is due to the fact that my o-ring on the bottom of part of the reactor came off, and also the holes are too big for the smaller zeolite rocks. Both have easy fixes but for the price I should not have to worry about it from the get go.
Top Quality By Tom on 12/5/2013
Tom would recommend this product to a friend
I'm extremely impressed with the build quality of this reactor. Just the packaging alone was impressive. I will definitely look into Vertex's other products.
Epic Quality By BobbyReef on 3/15/2013
BobbyReef would recommend this product to a friend
Very High quality product. You can easily tell that this reactor was very well thought out. The box reminds me of Apple signature packaging style, simple yet beautiful.
The pump seems to be a little small for the reactor but hopefully it packs a punch.
I have yet to run the reactor in my tank but I'm hoping for the best!
Excellent Zeolite Reactor By Jared on 1/27/2013
Jared would recommend this product to a friend
The build quality of the Vertex RX-Z reactor is second to none. It is packaged in a white box that is impressive as the reactor itself. It was extremely easy to assemble. The pump sits snug against the bottom plate, and when turned on it is absolutely silent. I would recommend this to anyone considering using the Zeovit Zeolite system.