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chef
01-26-2014, 04:41 PM
I'm running approx 2 cups of pellets in a vertex reactor, plumbed into my return. After running for a month, they get stuck together and mess up
the even flow. If I shake the reactor, they loosen up for a while. Any suggestions for prevention. The water feed is open all the way.

xenon
01-26-2014, 05:28 PM
I'm running approx 2 cups of pellets in a vertex reactor, plumbed into my return. After running for a month, they get stuck together and mess up
the even flow. If I shake the reactor, they loosen up for a while. Any suggestions for prevention. The water feed is open all the way.

Are you using Vertex brand bio-pellets?

chef
01-26-2014, 05:54 PM
Are you using Vertex brand bio-pellets?
yes I am

Seriak
01-26-2014, 05:56 PM
Clumping usually means there is not enough flow through the reactor.

xenon
01-26-2014, 05:57 PM
yes I am

I've had a few customers complain about the Vertex brand bio-pellets.

After they switched to the Two Little Fishies brand, clumping was no longer an issue.

chef
01-26-2014, 06:16 PM
Interesting. Looks like i'm going to get me some TLF.

The Grizz
01-26-2014, 07:06 PM
I use the Vertex all the time and the only time i get clumpy pellets is when the flow is not sufficient enough to keep them moving around. When they get clumped I just rinse them in RO water really good & put them back in reactor increasing the flow so they are really churning.

chef
01-26-2014, 09:00 PM
Thanks Grizz. Kinda a PITA if I have to do this all the time.

The Grizz
01-26-2014, 09:28 PM
Try decreasing the amount of pellets you have in the reactor, once you find that happy spot mark that level on the reactor and never go above it.