Why does BRS recommend this?
The Vertex RX-C 6D Calcium Reactor is feature packed and made with very strict attention to detail. From PVC welded seams to epoxy sealed fittings. The RX-C 6D is by far one of the best values when it comes to a calcium reactor.
Premium quality, German engineered calcium reactor from one of the industry's premier manufacturers.
- Integrated flow meter - Finally, no more guessing flow rates or doing archaic math! This flow meter gives a precise reading of the effluent flow rate.
- Bubble counter - High quality, ultra clear bubble counter to ensure correct level of gas input.
- Gas venting lid - Prevent buildup or excessive pressure of CO2 gas.
- Resin epoxy sealed John Guest fittings - Hassle free fittings that ensure they will last for years to come.
- Dual tiered secondary reaction chamber - Secondary reaction chamber for additional media
- Rated for systems up to 264 gallons, or 120 gallons in an SPS dominant aquarium
- Grade II Titanium Screws / Corrosion Resistant
- Silicone O-Rings
- Sicce Syncra: 120V, 60Hz , ~ 0.43A
- Dimensions: ~ 280 * 310 * 560 mm / ~ 11” * 12” * 22” (Width, Length, Height)** – Unit Only
**Unit can be installed in different fashions to achieve different footprints
Cheaply Built By Jason on 12/24/2018Jason wouldn't recommend this product to a friendHad this reactor for about 7 months and it broke 3 times. The pump leaked twice and had to be sent off. Then I grab the reactor to fill it back up with new media and the plastic weld on the bottom pump joint broke off. Was told by vertex sorry no fix this time. 500 dollars worth of junk.
Ended up going with a skimz and it is a way nicer unit. Do yourself a favor and don’t buy this reactor.
Nice quality, one serious flaw By networkcrasher on 11/8/2018networkcrasher wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThe design of this reactor is such that the pump connection between the main reactor body and the CO2 input and recirc loop has to be connected very precisely. There is little to no room for error due to the hard connections between the pump. If Vertex assembled your unit properly, it'll likely work right. If they are off by as little as a few mm, the unit will either leak, or the pump will be pretty noisy as the impeller is stuck at a bit of an angle and rattles. It's hard to describe until you see it in person.
The serious flaw of this thing is the union is glued into the pump, so if you ever have a failed pump, good luck getting it replaced. Vertex support may, or may not, answer your emails, and even then, you have to convince them to send you a pump. The union they use doesn't seem to be one widely available on the market, so you can't just make up the connection yourself. I suppose you might be able to destroy the old pump in an effort to get out the union connection, but good luck with that!
The bubble counter is pretty useless unless you're running a ridiculously high flow rate through it. Although, I'm pretty sure you have to run a high flow rate through it in order to keep the noise of the pump chopping up CO2 bubbles, which I sort of think is unavoidable if you set it up as designed. The recirc loop sort of forces the gas back through the pump, so unless you have more flow going in to allow for more CO2 dissolving, I imagine yours will chop bubbles too.
Other than the serious pump flaw, the quality is typical Vertex. It's quite nice. Good news is if it fails, you can still use the secondary reactor on any other CaRx you buy!
Good. Solid construction. By Robert on 9/24/2018Robert would recommend this product to a friendWorking very well. Definitely follow instructions and apply silicone to recommended connections. No problems with leaks.
Works Great! By George Jansen on 8/30/2018George Jansen would recommend this product to a friend120 SPS tank... was spending so much money on 2 part - this saved the day. It is an investment to get started, but keeping alk and Ca constant has been awesome. I should've gotten one a long time ago. The build quality is awesome, sounds like a few people had leaks.. I had that too then was instructed to reassemble the unit. that worked! must have assembled it wrong the first time
Solid build By Jack L on 5/17/2018Jack L would recommend this product to a friendGreat product, keep my ALK at 9 on a moderate 250G Mixed reef with no issue.
everything worked great, great packaging, first class! i was on the fence reading the reviews but now after 5 weeks extremely happy with the purchase. no leaks no issues Adam at Vertex walked me through the set up as well since i was too lazy to read the manual :)
Nice and functional By Vladimir on 11/7/2017Vladimir would recommend this product to a friendWork for me, no leaks, good quality similar to omega skimmer.
Worst reactor ever By Travis on 8/31/2017Travis wouldn't recommend this product to a friendHad to send this item in twice for repair and still isn't functioning correctly, pump continues to freeze up I have to continue taking it apart to work don't waste your money
Where have you been all of my reefing life! By Buddy B on 8/16/2017Buddy B would recommend this product to a friendLove this Ca reactor. I've tried others but this one takes the cake. Great build quality and all the features you can think of. The needle valve is awesome, bubble counter too. secondary chamber works well
Leak Leak By Hien on 6/4/2017Hien wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI have two of these! both are leak at the pump and flow meter on both of them are not working. If I could return these, I would.
Great reactor, Crappy Pump By vgc on 1/8/2017vgc wouldn't recommend this product to a friendMy aquamaxx reactor had same issue with this same pump design, I have emailed back in forth with the sicce pump leaking, still no resolution, enough salt leaked out that leak has stopped until I break the seal again I know its going to leak, for HEAVAN sake listen to users and GET RID of the sicce pump!!!
Leaks near pump connection By Shane on 1/4/2017Shane wouldn't recommend this product to a friendEverything about this reactor is superiorly engineered..... except for one major design flaw where the sicce connects to the CO2 chamber. The pump intake seal is not sufficient and is fix mounted to the connectors. I've had the reactor for over a year now and found it very easy to setup and tune. It has otherwise run like a champ. It leaked at the intake of the pump in the beginning for a bit but I was finally able to twist and turn it just right so that ithe leak creeped over and stopped. I took it apart tonight for annual cleaning and it wouldn't stop leaking no matter what. I finally just siliconed the whole thing and hopefully tomorrow no more leaks.
major design flaw By Mike P on 1/3/2017Mike P wouldn't recommend this product to a friendagree with Aretus Jr. the side of the CO2 interface that connects to the Sicce pump twists on and off.
one of the grey tabs broke off. have to replace the entire CO2 interface chamber. reactor inoperable until part comes in.
How do I find a replacement for the re-circulating pump. It looks like it is just a Sicce 1.5 or 1.0 but it has attachments which are specific for the reactor.
How many pounds of media can this reactor hold?
This answer will unfortunately vary depending on the type of media used. With calcium reacotrs you will simply fill up the reactor fully and the amount of media will not impact, just how often the media will need to be replaced.
Has the leak issue mentioned by so many been addressed? What are your thoughts about this issue? Thanks
Hope this helps!
Does this reactor have to be put in the water or can it run outside of the sump and be fed a line from the the tank. Not a lot of room in the sump.
This can be plumbed either internally or externally no problem! Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
I am having troubles finding quality reactor with small foot print. Can this reactor be used with-out the base which would allow for a different configuration
This reactor can be used without the base to set up in a different configuration. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Does this calcium reactor come with one or more places to install a pH probe?
This will comes with one probe port. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
What is the top chamber for above the secondary chamber.What ph,bubble count and flow rate to start with as a baseline
the secondary chamber is a second compartment to fill with media to catch any remaining lower pH water from entering the aquarium. The pH should be between 6.5 to 6.7 for a proper melting point and often 10 bubble per minute on average. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
What is the absolute smallest footprint for this reactor, I am limited in my sump, and only have a 10 inch gap where I could fit this reactor. Would this work?
Unfortunately the smallest foot print for the reactor is 10.5 x 12.25 Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!