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    Biopellet Reactors

    For those who are using these types of reactors successfully, I would like your input.

    I have been reading around and just trying to do better research for the next one I buy. I will say for those thinking about adding one to your system, do the research and spend the time to understand its purpose and what you can truly add with them in your system. Not all equipment function the same nor do systems. just a PSA reminder.

    Also, I am adding the following link as a good read and watch on this as well.

    Biopellets in use | Melev's Reef

    https://youtu.be/aRHf8b1H5u4


    The Question:

    For those experienced Biopellets reactor enthusiasts, which one? Please provide the make and model and why? Pros and Cons.

    I know that you want a good tumble. I know that sponges are not good to have in the canister itself.

    I am looking for one that can be used on a 90g but also go to up to a 250 cap. (the next saga).


    Thanks for the input and help.
    Elton

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    I use the phosban reactor 150 with a mesh netting over the plastic red plate. Works fine. 0 nitrates for 8 months.

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    Been using mine for a couple years now. I have the Aquamaxx one plumbed into my main return because I had flow to spare. Works EXTREMELY well. I find that the Reef Octopus biospheres work the best because the are round balls, similar to BB's and they seem to tumble better that the cylinder type that other manufacturers sell.

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    Webster, How much does that slow the flow down? I have an extra flow problem (noise) at the moment and a functional restriction may be useful.

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    If you can find one, a Reef Dyanamic one is awesome. The recirculating option lets you tune it to whatever effluent flow you need without compromising tumble speed of the pellets. I find it important to be able to adjust both independently.

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    Once I have a decent fish load I would definitely try it this time around. I like the reef oct & reef dynamic reactors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sethw3 View Post
    Webster, How much does that slow the flow down? I have an extra flow problem (noise) at the moment and a functional restriction may be useful.
    I have two ReeFlo Super Dart Gold pumps and they move about 4000 gph each, so I had flow to spare. I already had them dialed back with ball valves or they would overflow my tank. So I just put my reactor in line on one and opened the ball valve all the way. It is just essentially circulating some of the flow back though the sump and reactor this way. But I would estimate, for my reactor, that I am running about 800 gph through mine. It takes a lot to tumble 1000g of pellets (which is what I use), so if you don't have A LOT of flow to spare, you would be better off getting a self contained unit. And I agree with others, the Reef Octopus units are very nice if you have the space.


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