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turtleclub405
04/04/2011, 09:00 PM
Hi everyone,Im looking to start a 250 gal tank that I want to grow sps corals in,my question is what would be a good fluidized reactor to use NP reducing pellets in and if my skimmer would work for this method the skimmer being a Reef Octopus SSS-5000INT.Also should I run a reactor with GFO. I've never grown sps corals so any advice would be very appreciated.

karsseboom
04/04/2011, 09:14 PM
Bio pellets work great just make sure you add them slow or you might cause a bacteria bloom. I dont think you would need to run gfo while using pellets unless p04 get high.

haikufriday
04/04/2011, 09:28 PM
bio pellets work great just make sure you add them slow or you might cause a bacteria bloom. I dont think you would need to run gfo while using pellets unless p04 get high.

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tkeracer619
04/04/2011, 11:58 PM
Im using the NextReef SMR1 XL reactor with 2000ml of the NP Brand Pellets. So far so good. The reactor works great and doesn't get clogged up. I'm running it off my dart return pump.

I am am also running a TLF 150 reactor with carbon.

http://www.nextreef.com/solidreactors.html


I put the output of the reactor into the side of a pvc Tee then put that in front of my skimmer pump. It created efficiency issues so I put a Suction Strainer (http://www.marinedepot.com/Suction_Screen_1_inch_MPT_x_6.5_inch_Long_MPT_Fitting_Strainers-Spears-FT8641-FIFTSTMP-FT8652-vi.html) between the tee and intake. It gave the pump no restrictions while still directly feeding the skimmer.

turtleclub405
04/05/2011, 12:14 PM
Thanks for all the comments very appreciated,so I think Ill look into the Next Reef SMR XL.Also this is a new tank should I cycle the tank with the NP pellets or wait if so how much should I run at first.

RegalAngel
04/05/2011, 12:19 PM
Thanks for all the comments very appreciated,so I think Ill look into the Next Reef SMR XL.Also this is a new tank should I cycle the tank with the NP pellets or wait if so how much should I run at first.


I use Seachem's Stability to provide the aerobic and anaerobic bacteria for my systems.

I use it in my QT anytime I wish to setup my QT for a fish(es) for QT purposes and never have any ammonia.

I also used it in my 300g system when I started it up and never any ammonia.

I highly recommend its use for providing the necessary bacteria for a fully functional biological filtration system.


http://www.seachem.com/Products/product_pages/Stability.html


StabilityŽ will rapidly and safely establish the aquarium biofilter in freshwater and marine systems, thereby preventing the #1 cause of fish death: "new tank syndrome". StabilityŽ is formulated specifically for the aquarium and contains a synergistic blend of aerobic, anaerobic, and facultative bacteria which facilitate the breakdown of waste organics, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. Unlike competing products, the bacteria employed by StabilityŽ are non-sulfur fixing and will not produce toxic hydrogen sulfide. StabilityŽ is completely harmless to all aquatic organisms as well as aquatic plants, thus there is no danger of over use. StabilityŽ is the culmination of nearly a decade of research and development and represents the current state of the art in natural biological management.

Sizes: 50 mL, 100 mL, 250 mL, 500 mL, 2 L, 4 L, 20 L

Why It's Different
Illustration of Stability's™ bacteria on biofiltration material. stability contains a synergistic blend of aerobic, anaerobic, and facultative bacteria
The bacteria used in competing products are inherently unstable. The conditions necessary for their growth and development fall into a very narrow range of temperatures, pH, organic loads, etc. When any of these parameters are not strictly within the proper range, the bacterial culture quickly crashes and dies. StabilityŽ does not contain any of the aforementioned bacteria.

The bacteria strains in StabilityŽ have been in development for over a decade. The necessary conditions for growth of our bacterial strains encompass a very broad range. When other bacteria begin to die off (usually from high organic loads caused by the undetected death of an organism), StabilityŽ simply works harder and grows faster! The strains function in fresh or saltwater. StabilityŽ contains both nitrifying and denitrifying bacteria, a blend found in no other product. Additionally, StabilityŽ contains facultative bacterial strains which are able to adapt to either aerobic or anaerobic conditions. The bacteria in StabilityŽ are non-sulfur fixing, another innovation in the industry. Most other bacterial supplements will form toxic hydrogen sulfide under the proper conditions. StabilityŽ will not, ever.
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If for some reason you don't or can't use Stability then here is another one:

http://www.liveaquaria.com/PIC/article.cfm?aid=289&ref=4620&subref=AA&cmpid=E-_-CARE-_-32311-_-CYC

RegalAngel
04/05/2011, 12:23 PM
I have a 300g tank + 60g sumps and decided to go with the BR-140 SRO bio pellet reactor and pellets from BRS:

http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/store/products/aquarium-additives-supplements/bio-pellets/reef-octopus-bio-pellet-combo-pack.html

It will be here Thursday and I will used Stability bacteria to supplement as I already do on a monthly basis.

turtleclub405
04/05/2011, 02:49 PM
I really like that br-140 Reef Octopus and I think it would look sweet next to my skimmer thanks for sharing this info.Now my next question is what would be a good flow rate (0r GPH) to have my tank running at.Also I was reading the instructions on the BRS bio pellets and it says to run GFO with the bio pellets if I do this how should I go about it and how much.Also how big of a sump should I build.Again this info is very helpful thanks for the replies.

pbnj
04/05/2011, 03:25 PM
If for some reason you don't or can't use Stability then here is another one:

http://www.liveaquaria.com/PIC/article.cfm?aid=289&ref=4620&subref=AA&cmpid=E-_-CARE-_-32311-_-CYC
Mr. Saltwatertank just posted an interview with Dr. Tim about this product and cycling a new tank.