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reeferfulton
02-27-2014, 03:39 AM
Ok folks .
I am trying to decide what calcium reactor i should be buying .I need your help .
tank will be a moderately stocked SPS 140 gallon.
space is not an issue .

I would like to keep the cost of the reactor at 400 or below.
I have already budgeted 300 for the bottle reg package etc .

Seems to be tons of options out there , but I am having trouble finding any reviews etc .
I would like to buy one that is proven and been around for a while i suppose . Do not want to be a guinea pig or anything

thanks all

Aquattro
02-27-2014, 04:06 AM
Adam might have one for sale.

reeferfulton
02-27-2014, 04:31 AM
ya , he is supposed to send me a pic . etc.

No thoughts on a new one ?

Aquattro
02-27-2014, 04:43 AM
No, not really sure what's on the market these days. I use a PM knock off that I made, and I'm happy with it, so if that style is still around, I'm sure they're less expensive than some of the newer designs.

Aquattro
02-27-2014, 04:45 AM
ya , he is supposed to send me a pic . etc.



Does this link up properly? IF you have FB

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153765398355162&set=pcb.1453850518178086&type=1&theater

reeferfulton
02-27-2014, 04:59 AM
will have the wife check it . I dont have FB.

Aquattro
02-27-2014, 05:02 AM
will have the wife check it . I dont have FB.

Get out of the 90s!!

reeferfulton
02-27-2014, 05:13 AM
lol ,
with that thought i should be staying with dosing .

plus i have no friends. haha

brotherd
02-27-2014, 05:14 AM
Lifereef. I run the lcr-2. Rock solid.

reeferfulton
02-27-2014, 05:15 AM
excellent , thanks for the input .
I will start reading about those now .

Aquattro
02-27-2014, 06:09 AM
Lifereef. I run the lcr-2. Rock solid.

Essentially the same design as the Precision Marine. If these are readily available, I'd say a good choice.

Werbo
02-27-2014, 06:13 AM
Vertex reactor thread

http://www.canreef.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=74294&highlight=Vertex+club

Aquattro
02-27-2014, 06:33 AM
Vertex reactor thread

http://www.canreef.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=74294&highlight=Vertex+club

Looks overly complicated :) Japarto runs the same one, can't say I think much of it.

reeferfulton
02-27-2014, 06:38 AM
Ya . I want simple and solid. I like the geo , mrc , lifereef style of reactors. .
I have never looked into these before . Turns out they aint cheap lol.
May have to browse the used world ..

Aquattro
02-27-2014, 06:41 AM
Ya, your budget is a bit low for a nice setup. Used is hard to find though. Although a used tank/reg should be fairly easy to find. Reactor is a bit harder to find.

wickedfrags
02-27-2014, 12:32 PM
Add MTC to that list. The ProCal is the best reactor out there, designed so well it can not even be copied with success! Again, not cheap, but with a reactor you want it to work consistently, otherwise you may as well dose.

Ya . I want simple and solid. I like the geo , mrc , lifereef style of reactors. .
I have never looked into these before . Turns out they aint cheap lol.
May have to browse the used world ..

Aquattro
02-27-2014, 01:53 PM
Add MTC to that list. The ProCal is the best reactor out there

I just googled these, and every return had the word "Help!" in the title :)

StirCrazy
02-27-2014, 03:03 PM
Add MTC to that list. The ProCal is the best reactor out there, designed so well it can not even be copied with success! .

doesnt look that hard to copy, nothing realy diffferent from the reactors we used to build 10 years ago.. knew I should have got a pattent LOL

the only thing that has changed in reactors over the last say 15 years is size, types of pumps and cosmetics. I still prefer upflow as aposed to down flow, and I like two chamber reactors.

the MTC does look well built though and you can find them used on e-bay for about 300.

StirCrazy
02-27-2014, 03:03 PM
I just googled these, and every return had the word "Help!" in the title :)

ya but I think if you google any reactor you'll see that. :mrgreen:

freezetyle
02-27-2014, 04:31 PM
i used the lowest bubble magus model on my 90. It was good and didn't break the bank.

Doug
02-27-2014, 04:43 PM
Lifereef. I run the lcr-2. Rock solid.

Same, only the LCR 1 version, a bit smaller. Not running yet though. :lol:

reeferfulton
02-27-2014, 05:10 PM
i used the lowest bubble magus model on my 90. It was good and didn't break the bank.

i was looking at these , the new style has some decent reviews. But i guess they are virtually un-repairable . All the connections are glued even the pump ??

Same, only the LCR 1 version, a bit smaller. Not running yet though. :lol:

What size tank do you plan on running that on . Also where did you order it from ?

Doug
02-28-2014, 12:21 AM
What size tank do you plan on running that on . Also where did you order it from ?

Its on my new 50g w/40g sump sps tank. It comes from Lifereef in the US, but also all my equipment does. I was looking at some of the new ones from Nick on Reef Supply Canada, {my lights and some other equipment are from him}, but as I already had a large order being built by Lifereef, I went with his reactor.

I cant speak on the quality of many of the others. I used a Geo rector many moons ago, one of his first and have seen many made by aquarists like Steve mentioned that were just as good or better than many. Jeff,s products at Lifereef now cost a bit more because of exchange and the such but hard to find better quality, if that what one is looking for.

I also looked at Reef Supplies with a couple models. the have the AquaMaxx at a little cheaper price or the higher end and well built Korallin reactors.

I think JL carries the Precision Marine that Brad mentioned.

daplatapus
03-02-2014, 01:08 AM
I went out on a limb and bought the RLSS CM-6. Been running it now for 4-5 months. The only complaint I have is there were no instructions on set up and I hate thumb screws.

reeferfulton
03-02-2014, 01:22 AM
I went out on a limb and bought the RLSS CM-6. Been running it now for 4-5 months. The only complaint I have is there were no instructions on set up and I hate thumb screws.

did you find that at one of our sponsors sites ?

daplatapus
03-02-2014, 01:26 AM
No, I bought it direct after over a year hassling them :(

reeferfulton
03-05-2014, 12:05 AM
lol , you were persistent eh

apexifd
03-05-2014, 12:35 AM
he is selling vertex RX4 combo at good price

http://www.canreef.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=97849&highlight=vertex+rx4

reeferfulton
03-05-2014, 04:03 AM
Agreed, that is a great price.
Unfortunately I think I am done with vertex products. :biggrin:

apexifd
03-05-2014, 05:07 AM
Agreed, that is a great price.
Unfortunately I think I am done with vertex products. :biggrin:

there are way less moving parts to fail. only has 1 pump, and no electronic.

so only one part will fail. LOL

reeferfulton
03-05-2014, 03:35 PM
there are way less moving parts to fail. only has 1 pump, and no electronic.

so only one part will fail. LOL

true . lol , how about parts that are not moving yet still fail ??

Think i have narrowed it down to either the GEO 612 , or GEO 618 .

the 618 is just 6 inches taller and holds 4 more lbs of media .

everything else is identical

apexifd
03-06-2014, 01:10 AM
true . lol , how about parts that are not moving yet still fail ??

Think i have narrowed it down to either the GEO 612 , or GEO 618 .

the 618 is just 6 inches taller and holds 4 more lbs of media .

everything else is identical

other than that, body is solid, joints are tight. JG slip line fitting, schedule 40 fitting.

although some of the slip line fitting may need have a small leaks, but nothing a $1 roll of teflon tape won't fix.