How to size GFO & Carbon reactors?

Motobuddy

New member
I tried searching but didn't really come up with anything and after looking at many products I can't find much in the way of a rating. Is there a equation for sizing the reactor size or any recommendations. The only thing I'm trying to avoid is the multi bolt tops, I'm looking for something easier to service.
 

m0nkie

Active member
so basically you can use anything beside a Vertex and Nextreef (which are the most reliable ones). It doesn't matter what size because you don't have to fill it all the way up. You can adjust the amount with the foams.

my rule for setting up aquarium is always buy something I can use for the next upgraded size..
 

Motobuddy

New member
The gient screwed top of the vertex is what I was looking for, but looking at the MR1 Monster I like the fact that both are joined together and its makes them easier to manage space wise.
 

m0nkie

Active member
didn't you just say you are avoiding multi bolt top? Vertex and MR1 are a pita to remove the lid. But it is the safest, most reliable, also most expensive ones out there.

I use the MR1 regular size. Its suggested Tank Size: 250 Gallons Marine, 500 Gallons Fresh

Mr1 shorty is half the size and Monster is rated 375 gallons Marine / 750 gallons Freshwater

I believe BRS and Two Little Fishies are all rated around 250 gallon
 

Donkeykong

New member
Look at the media you want ot run and see how much you would need to run for your size tank, such as BRS GFO is like 1 tablespoon per 10gals of water, so if your total water volume is 100g than you need a reactor that will hold at minimum 10 tablespoons of media.
 
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