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    How do reactors work in a sump design?

    So at the moment I'm planning and researching all the equipment I want / need. But so it says it's a carbon and Gfo reactor. Does that mean it can have both media in it? Or it can support either or? And is there one that can do both at a time? Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luman01 View Post
    So at the moment I'm planning and researching all the equipment I want / need. But so it says it's a carbon and Gfo reactor. Does that mean it can have both media in it? Or it can support either or? And is there one that can do both at a time? Thank you!
    Usually when you set up a GFO reactor you will have carbon to filter the water on the way out. I used to have the GFO tumbling lightly in the bottom of the reactor and then 2 more separaters higher to have a layer of solid packed carbon. These days there has been advances made with GFO. I dont think it needs to tumble anymore. Unless you are having issues, you probably dont need it tho. Do you have out of control algae?
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    I'm most likely going to get an algae scrubber.

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    Ideally, you want two separate reactors.
    GFO needs to tumble at the surface, like a rolling boil. Too much tumble and it will grind itself and break down. No tumble, and it will solidify.
    Carbon should be packed tight, forcing the water through, no tumbling, and usually it's a slower flow.
    You can mix the two. Since you don't want the carbon to tumble and you don't want the GFO to solidify, mix the two throughly so the GFO is spread out through the carbon.
    And yes, most reactors can be used for either, you just fill it differently and change the flow depending on what you are using.

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    Well the reactor is going to be hooked up to a manifold coming of the return pump. Each opening for equipment has its own ball value. ( the good ones form marine depot. They were not the cheap ones form homedepot) I have at the moment to openings for other equipment. I.e. Algae scrubber and a carbon and Gfo reactor. I'm planing to add a calcium reactor later on down the road!


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