GFO and Carbon Reactor

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    My tank is about 4 months old. After cleaning up a lot of algae yesterday, today my phophate was .5. I was thinking about buying this reactor. ViaAqua Poly-Reactor (Multi-Media Reactor)
    What do you think of it? I don't know if I really even need it yet.
     
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    that is a good reactor to use and just get some good gfo like what bulkreefsupply.com sells
     
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    Probably not absolutely neccessary but the majority of AMAZING tanks I have seen run both carbon and GFO in reactors. Not only will it keep phosphates down but it will make your tank look prestine clean.
     
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    I think I'll order it tomorrow then. Could you tell me how much carbon and gfo I need to run it it at a time? It's a 25 gallon tank. No corals yet but there should be a ricordea and maybe some zoanthids by the time I get it.
     
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    I hated that reactor.
    PITA to refill and the pump that comes with it is garbage.

    I much prefer the BRS reactors that look like RO canisters.
    And spend the extra dough on the High Capacity GFO.
    Their Rox .8 carbon gets great reviews too.
    You'll probably only need like a 1/4 cup per month of each for that size tank. 1/2 cup max.
     
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    That's the same reactor I use as well as Ccapt. He advised me to get it. For the money I couldn't be happier. I only use it to run GFO and a small amount at that so the little pump works good for my needs. It's all a matter of opinion and personal choice. I agree with Dennis....it is a PITA to empty/fill, but do it over a bucket and you're fine. You'll use only a very small amount of GFO for a tank your size. I only use 4 tablespoons per month and it keeps my phosphates at 0.
     
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    I have that reactor and have been using it for over 2 yrs. I like it and never had any problems with it.
     
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