- RR93 Recirculating Biopellet Reactor - Skimz
A recirculating biopellet reactor can be fine tuned to the amount of effluent that works best for your system, and with a controllable DC pump you can fine tune the flow and tumble within the reactor. With the Skimz RR933 Biopellet reactor you do not need any feed pump like most other recirculating reactor, the DC powered pump will automatically draw in water as it is needed thanks to its specially designed intake system. The Skimz RR93 can also be used with any other type of media that needs to be tumbled.
Biopellet Media Capacity: 700mL/2.9 Cups
Phosphate Media Capacity: 600mL/2.5 Cups
Dimension: 4.52" x 4.52" x 20" (LxWxH)
Method of feeding: Self-suction water intake
Reactor body diameter: 3.5"
Reactor pump: Skimz VSC1200DC
Power consumption: 12W
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
Stopped working, can't clean some parts By Mark on 4/1/2019Mark wouldn't recommend this product to a friendAt first it worked okay, I liked it. I was using out for biopellets. Eventually it slowed down and needed cleaning, that's where the troubles began. There are parts which are inaccessible and therefore can't be cleaned. So it clogs faster due to insufficient cleaning. Eventually you'll forget to clean it for a week longer than you should. At this point it's completely clogged and the water in the reactor is foul! Don't let it in your tank or the whole house will smell. Yeah, it's that foul. After a year and 3 months a tab which holds the pump broke. I didn't use undue force, the tab is pretty thin so it is only a matter of time. The pump is warranted for a year so I'm SOL. Don't ignore the poor reviews as I did. Don't buy this reactor.
Great product for a general recirculating reactor. many options not just biopellets. By McDam on 1/28/2019McDam would recommend this product to a friendGreat product for a general recirculating reactor. Many options not just bio-pellets. could be used for calcium, Kalkwaseer, cheato what ever you can dream up. The controllable pump is a pleasant bonus. The issue with not being able to disassemble the pump for cleaning is not an issue with me, and the o-ring just takes a little bit of thought to get in place and once you figure it out it is very easy. Hint : Stretch the o-ring over the cylinder and two of the corners, then put the top on and screw it in loosely, then release the o-ring from the corners and make sure it is sitting properly before finally tightening the top.
Stopped working after only 3 months By Brian on 1/11/2019Brian wouldn't recommend this product to a friendCame home tonight and the reactor is just sitting with the pellets at the bottom. I checked both cords and the dc controller and everything is connected. Tried turning it off for a while then back on but no change. Took it apart but could not find anything wrong.
Don't buy this, ever, ever ever!!!! By Duane on 5/26/2018Duane wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThe o ring will not fit. Five people tried to put it on and to no avail. Then it broke, BR was nice and sent a new one right away. The new one won't fit any better than the old one. Skimz makes quality products I thought, just not this one.
Biggest POS ever By Cris on 11/23/2017Cris wouldn't recommend this product to a friendWorks great for the first month till the bio pellets kick in then this pos start clogging up on you and you have to spend at least one day a week cleaning it out. Worst thing I have ever bought. Don’t waste your money
Mostly good, some bad. By Steven on 3/11/2017Steven would recommend this product to a friendThe material and construction is of the reactor is excellent, and the DC pump with controller make it super easy to dial in the flow to fluidize things. However, the center pipe was installed crooked and it's a trip trying to get it in the hole of the top plate. Also the genius that designed the o-ring on the top needs to be fired because that's a nightmare to install properly. As others eluded to, you cannot remove all the bottom works. Overall, I'd recommend it, but if the o-ring and lower workings were completely removable I'd be a lot happier.
Terrible design By Ray on 5/21/2016Ray wouldn't recommend this product to a friendWorked for about 3 weeks, then biopellets and debris got into the chamber, gummed things up. I thought that the inner chamber can be accessed and cleaned but it does not. Worst purchase I have made in this hobby as of yet. AVOID AT ALL COSTS.
Bad Bad Bad By Allen on 5/14/2016Allen wouldn't recommend this product to a friendAfter 2 months it has already clogged and created anaerobic conditions. So if you do use it, you have to check for flow constantly. I already see future problems with biopellets getting too small and falling through the screen and into the pumps causing headaches and maybe pump failure. Save your money, try something else brs might have.
Skimz nailed it. By brianOH on 4/8/2016brianOH would recommend this product to a friendI was worried reading other skimz reactor reviews, thought to myself skimz is better than that. took the dive and i wasn't disappointed. first off you need to break in the reactor before throwing pellets in. 3 days to a week then its ready. great biopellet reactor for a mid size tank.