- Monzter CM93 DUO Internal Calcium Reactor - Skimz
Skimz has now introduced their mini calcium reactor line with the Monzter CM93 Duo internal calcium reactor. With most standard calcium reactors you will need a dedicated feed pump which can malfunction and clog causing inconsistent flow rates through the reactor. With the CM93 Duo reactor the circulation pump does double duty as a feed pump making adjustments that much easier. With a specially designed inlet to the reactor fresh tank water is pulled into the reactor at the rate the effluent is allowed to exit while recirculating the water within the reactor to contact as much reactor media as possible. With the DC pump the RPM of the pump can be controlled for fine tuning.
- Pump: Controllable Skimz VSC1200DC
- Power consumption: 12W
- Media: 1300 mL (5.25 cups)
- Method of feeding: Self-suction water intake
- For Aquariums up to 120 gallons
- Includes pH probe holder
- Includes Bubble Counter
- L 4.52" x W 5.3" x H 19.5"
- Reactor body diameter: 3.5 Inch
The Skimz Monzter CM93 is a small calcium reactor packed full of features. With a built in pH probe holder; bubble counter,easy to use fittings, and an integrated feed and recirculation pump these are one of the most economical and compact reactors on the market today.
Calcium reactors replace the trace elements consumed by corals as they build their calcium carbonate structure. Typical calcium reactor media is made up of skeletonized coral fragments that will break down at lower pH levels. The calcium reactor will require CO2 to be injected into the reactor by the means of a regulator and solenoid (sold separately). The CO2 then go through the bubble counter to visually monitor how much CO2 is being allowed into the calcium reactor to lower the pH of the water within the reactor. The low pH will allow the media to be broken down into the trace elements that make up the skeletonized corals concentrating the recirculating water within the reactor. The effluent leaving the reactor will have a very high concentration of the dissolved trace elements from the media, as well as a low pH. The pH within the calcium reactor should be monitored as well as the effluent coming out of the reactor. Too low of a pH or too much effluent coming out of the calcium reactor can cause low pH within the reef tank.
Multiple Problems Create High Risk for Failure By tessness on 2/23/2018tessness wouldn't recommend this product to a friendProblems I encountered with this reactor:
1.Pump did not work out of the box, just didn't turn on.
2.Gasket at the top of the reactor is too small. Thus, you need to run it under hot water and then stretch it out to make it fit.
3.Plastic screws to hold the top on watertight strip VERY easily. This is especially likely to happen if you don't realize how to stretch the gasket and try to get things very tight to stop the leaks.
4.Pump is supposed to be removable. Neither myself, nor several others I asked to try could get it to twist out. How am I supposed to maintain this pump that will get clogged? The directions have no instructions on how to remove it despite saying that it needs to be cleaned regularly.
Overall not impressed and I don't trust this piece of equipment. Just think, if the top gives way (screws are too loose, gasket is not sealed perfectly) the reactor will spill tons of low PH/ Calc water back into your tank and kill everything. If this was just a media reactor I would not be concerned because the risks posed by failure are not significant.