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Millepora_Maniac
09-25-2017, 06:03 PM
Hi All,

I have been running a CAD bio pellet reactor for a little while, but I added the amount of media recommended fro my tank volume and it doesn't have the power to churn it anymore. Looking to upgrade my unit to something that holds more pellets, and has more churning power. I came across the Bio Churn reactors by reef octopus. They look OK, but do they work as well or better than the typical direct flow reactor? These ones spin the material around instead of tumbling it.

Based on peoples opinions here, I will try to make an informed decision. It is 300 bucks or so. it has to be worth it for that kind of money.

Thanks!

Bugger
09-26-2017, 12:17 AM
I had a churn 120 r it works great in the beginning I think I needed to change the material out. Regualr pellets rather then all in one would have been better but I used the all in ones. I would just get the non re-circulating as you need to run two pumps for it and it eventually craps out

Myka
09-26-2017, 02:44 PM
The Two Little Fishies reactors work quite well, and they're cost effective. As long as you have enough flow you can fill the TLF150 to about 1.5" from the top and you can still get a good tumble out of it with a MJ1200 pump. I like that it has a hose outlet so you can direct the hose right into your skimmer intake (best way to run BP).

If you're really finicky, you can use the top of a small pop bottle to modify the bottom of the reactor plate into a cone shape which gets them to tumble even better. I prefer to use the reactor stock out of the box. Works fine. You can also modify a TLF Kalkwasser reactor (using bigger line inside) which has a built-in cone bottom. Works great.

There is a new "recipe" for the TLF all-in-one biopellets. I like them a lot better. They don't leave GFO grains all over your sump anymore. However, they are a lot heavier (and much smaller) so they need more flow. If you want to run a mix of AIO and regular BP you'll need more space in the reactor. When I mix them I don't actually make the AIO pellets tumble - they move around a bit that's all, then the regular pellets are tumbling on top of the AIO. Works great in tanks with PO4 problems.

Millepora_Maniac
09-27-2017, 05:39 PM
Thanks guys, I have used a phosban reactor before, I upgraded that to a CAD lights pellet reactor. I'm looking for a bigger and better reactor specifically designed for this purpose. I went on a couple different websites, read some reviews and watched a video of one of these in action, and I have decided to give it a shot, it should be delivered today. I went with the Bio Churn 120. NO LID! so no clogging, and no diffusion plate at the bottom to get clogged.

Looking forward to trying it out, will let you all know if it goes completely sideways or anything. lol

Cheers!

Myka
09-28-2017, 01:48 PM
Thanks guys, I have used a phosban reactor before, I upgraded that to a CAD lights pellet reactor. I'm looking for a bigger and better reactor specifically designed for this purpose.

But why? :lol:

I have a Reef Dynamics recirculating biopellet reactor. It's bigger, better, (much more expensive) and specifically designed for this purpose. I like the PhosBan reactor better! :lol:

Let us know how this new one works out for you.

DKoKoMan
09-28-2017, 03:50 PM
Haha, funny how sometimes a simple reactor is your best bet instead of all the expensive specific design reactors.

Millepora_Maniac
09-28-2017, 05:34 PM
But why? :lol:

I have a Reef Dynamics recirculating biopellet reactor. It's bigger, better, (much more expensive) and specifically designed for this purpose. I like the PhosBan reactor better! :lol:

Let us know how this new one works out for you.

I used to get things done on the cheap for my aquarium, but I've changed over the years.

A Pinto, and a Porsche both get you to work, but a Porsche will go faster if pushed. Also, you can take it to the track and rip it around. :wink:

I want something that will unquestionably keep tumbling the media, and if I decide to upgrade to a bigger tank, which I will, it will handle more pellets.

A Phosban reactor is the Pinto, it works, but....this thing is a Porsche. The CAD lights reactor was like an entry level BMW that needed constant maintenance to keep it running. This thing looks like it is extremely low maintenance, and high performance.

I shot a video of it running. I am trying to figure out an image hosting site so I can show you guys how awesome this thing is.

Will be back with an update soon, and video. :mrgreen:

albert_dao
09-28-2017, 05:37 PM
Cool gadget/shiny new toy = plenty good reason to buy something functional.

*Am personally eyeing up a $500 hand plane that I totally don't need.

Millepora_Maniac
09-28-2017, 06:17 PM
Cool gadget/shiny new toy = plenty good reason to buy something functional.

*Am personally eyeing up a $500 hand plane that I totally don't need.

Absolutely. That plane will peel wood off in the same way a cheap one will, but smoother, and for longer, and probably with less sharpening. For that cost, I am assuming it has brass or gold hardware and ornate decorative aspects.

What also helped spur on my purchase was having the same company that manufactured my skimmer manufacture my reactor. The skimmer I have has worked flawlessly for five years.

I just figured out my image hosting, so video to come soon... stay tuned reefers.

Millepora_Maniac
09-28-2017, 06:39 PM
https://i.imgur.com/nFFK7um.mp4

Hope this works!

Nope, it didn't, let me try something else...

Millepora_Maniac
09-28-2017, 06:40 PM
https://i.imgur.com/nFFK7um.mp4

try this one...

albert_dao
09-28-2017, 07:15 PM
Works great.

FYI, it's this sexy beast right here:

http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=75620&cat=51&ap=1

Millepora_Maniac
09-28-2017, 07:20 PM
Works great.

FYI, it's this sexy beast right here:

http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=75620&cat=51&ap=1

I knew it would have all that fancy brass hardware. I bought stuff at Lee valley for my old man a bunch of times. It is a rad store.

albert_dao
09-28-2017, 07:24 PM
I knew it would have all that fancy brass hardware. I bought stuff at Lee valley for my old man a bunch of times. It is a rad store.

Yah I was playing with one at the local LV here and it blew me away how smooth it felt. I already have a few of their planes and you'd find me hard pressed to go any other route.