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Old 08-15-2011, 08:23 AM   #1
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Phosphate Reactors


Im looking for any kind of information about phosphate reactors that I can get.. Like how do they work, how long it takes for them to work, what are the advantages, and what kind of reactor and media would I need for a 300g tank? Thanks!
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Old 08-15-2011, 08:40 AM   #2
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im just going to tag along for the info im thinking about getting a gfo and carbon reactor
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Old 08-15-2011, 08:41 AM   #3
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I can tell you confidently that the reactor I have works great. I change the media when I start to see phosphate creep back up. You can buy different media. Some last a couple of months. Some last only a month. I noticed a different the very next water test I did I would say about 2 or 3 days later. I had a bad phosphate problem that was feeding a red slime problem. Along with rinsing frozen foods, using RO water, and the reactor my phospahtes are 0 ...O and no red slime.

I Know a guy that makes saltwater equip, and works with acrylic so I dont have a brand for you. I can tell you that it is a basic design, and I dont see why you would need a complicated model honestly.

Good luck on your search
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Old 08-15-2011, 08:47 AM   #4
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Bulk Reef Supply JUMBO Phos reactor will get your 300g done. That's what I use on my 265g. Use the GFO phos reducer.

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http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/store/...n-reactor.html

GFO

http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/store/...sphate-remover

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Old 08-15-2011, 08:49 AM   #5
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I added a two little fishies to my 90G DT and I saw results in about a week. Basically it is a cylinder shaped reactor that you add phosphate media to and pump water through. When the phosphates are no longer kept at the desired level you change out the media. I think BRS has a video on them and I know that they have good prices on the media.
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Old 08-15-2011, 12:00 PM   #6
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wait for it.


ok. so phosphate reactors are only able to remove phosphates that actually get to the reactor. the problem is that these reactors are generally plumbed off of the sump. any phosphates they are able are also the phosphates that the organisms in the display do not want. which means the phosphate reactor is a day late and a dollar short to the phosphates party. this is why carbon dosing has become the new fad. if you have a phosphate problem then it is best to remove the source of the phosphates instead of putting a band-aid on the problem. siphoning out detritus is the best way to remove the phosphates themselves from the system. detritus will accumulate in any slow flow area in the system. it will also settle its way through any sand bed in the system. it is a good idea to siphon the sand bed clean of any detritus on a regular basis to remove the phosphate laden detritus.

if your system does not lend itself to siphoning, then you may need the reactor to keep the levels semi under control. the material in these reactors has a finite life and will need to be changed regularly. as the tank gets older and older if the detritus is not removed, then the amount of media needed to control the phosphates will also increase.

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Old 08-15-2011, 12:49 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone for the information. Anytime I do a water change or top off, it's always ro/di. Also, Geoff, from your advice in another thread I have been siphoning out my sand weekly (all sand that I am able to get to, so approxiametly half of the sand, the other is obstructed by my rock) and I am cleaning all detritus from my 150 and 120 that are plumbed into the system. And as of yesterday, my protein skimmer is finally running properly. As I've read the biggest phosphate source is frozen foods and any thing of the sort. My phosphate test kit has gone missing.. But I am trying to remove phosphates, I'm assuming they're there judging by my brown algae that is growing on the sand bed.. Though I am now running my halides longer per day I'm comparison to before.. This is why I'm considering a phosphate reactor.. Or even carbon? But I know little able carbon at this point.
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Old 08-15-2011, 12:51 PM   #8
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how old is the tank?

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Old 08-15-2011, 01:06 PM   #9
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One year. Had the rock though for more than that in my other tanks and what not..
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Old 08-15-2011, 01:38 PM   #10
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Anyone have any ideas on just building a phosphate reactor? They look simple enough in design.
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