Solid carbon dosing (biopellets) has recently become an extremely popular method of removing nitrates from the aquarium. The exact method of denitrification can be different for each tank but it mainly consists of a few things:
- Nitrate laden Bacteria is removed via the protein skimmer
- Bacteria directly converts nitrite into nitrous oxide so nitrate is never produced
- Bacteria consumes nitrates and processes them down into nitrogen gas
- Nitrate laden Bacteria is consumed by tank inhabitants like corals and sponges
Depending on the system it should take 4-8 weeks for the bacteria population to multiply and begin its work on your nitrates. Once you have the reactor going we suggest not making any adjustments for 8 weeks. Give the media and bacteria time to adjust to the parameters found in your tank and begin working. The absolute best advice we can give with this system is to set it up and forget about it for two months. Unless something is obviously not right, resist all temptation to make any changes until the two months are up.
BRS suggests 1 cup or 236 mL of biopellets per 50 gallons of aquarium water
One design flaw By Deandre on 10/4/2016Deandre would recommend this product to a friendgreat product. I like the self feeding recirculating design, but the way the O-ring goes on is just plain bad..everytime I take the lid off for cleaning replacing is an ordeal..I'd pay a few more dollars for the O-ring to have a CNC groove like their other products
Can't dissasemble for cleaning and it needs to be cleaned a lot! By Jon on 10/2/2016Jon wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI bought this unit from BRS and have been using it with BRS branded bio pellets for about 6 months. The pellets are dissolving but the residue clings to the upper and lower plates of the reactor necessitating cleaning about every other week or the flow through the reactor will stop. The output adjustment does not work as the valve they provide and the output tubing quickly plugs up with pellet particles. Additionally, as the BRS pellets dissolve, they become small enough to wedge themselves in the input and output grates requiring they be pushed out manually with a tool. Finally, the bottom center section of the reactor is GLUED TOGETHER preventing cleaning bio pellet residue out of that area.
Hard to believe someone actually tested this product and found the design workable. I would not recommend this reactor to anyone that intends to use it for bio pellets (it might be good for GFO or other media). This product is not up to the standards I have come to expect from BRS.
First impression By MARIO on 4/19/2016MARIO would recommend this product to a friendMy first impression was good. well made, however, while assembling both tops together after adding the bio pellets I noticed how difficult it was to close it up and keeping the o ring in place while screwing the plastic screws in. There must be an easy way. Such well made piece after all.
PLUG AND PLAY BIOREACTOR By ANDRE on 3/13/2016ANDRE would recommend this product to a friendGreat product !!! It is a 'plug and play' type of biopellet reactor !! Excellent cost/value ratio !!
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