McPuff

01/11/2017, 08:45 AM

I haven't been able to find a suitable answer to this question searching the internets...

How do I know the capacity (or tank size equivalent) for a calcium reactor. Besides the manufacturer's recommended tank size, how can you really know the max size for a Ca reactor?

I'm guessing the answer most will give is to use the largest chamber you can, especially for a large tank. It will depend on your corals' demand for alk and ca. This I understand... and at a certain point, a reactor that is deemed "too small" will simply not be able to provide sufficuent Ca and Alk to keep up with demand. And you can only drop the pH in the chamber before you start to melt the media too much... that seems to be the fail point.

What I really want to know, is if there is a way to calculate the theoretical max tank size for a particular calcium reactor. For this we'd need to know the diameter and height of the chamber along with the amount of media the container will hold. Based on some info I have found, it seems that a taller reactor will have a higher theoretical max tank size than a squatter reactor, provided they hold the same amount of media. The taller reactor is more likely to equally disperse flow throughout the entire chamber.

Anyway, let me know if I'm missing something. My understanding of ca reactors is pretty good but I'm looking for some more concrete numbers and means of calculating efficacy. Thanks in advance.

How do I know the capacity (or tank size equivalent) for a calcium reactor. Besides the manufacturer's recommended tank size, how can you really know the max size for a Ca reactor?

I'm guessing the answer most will give is to use the largest chamber you can, especially for a large tank. It will depend on your corals' demand for alk and ca. This I understand... and at a certain point, a reactor that is deemed "too small" will simply not be able to provide sufficuent Ca and Alk to keep up with demand. And you can only drop the pH in the chamber before you start to melt the media too much... that seems to be the fail point.

What I really want to know, is if there is a way to calculate the theoretical max tank size for a particular calcium reactor. For this we'd need to know the diameter and height of the chamber along with the amount of media the container will hold. Based on some info I have found, it seems that a taller reactor will have a higher theoretical max tank size than a squatter reactor, provided they hold the same amount of media. The taller reactor is more likely to equally disperse flow throughout the entire chamber.

Anyway, let me know if I'm missing something. My understanding of ca reactors is pretty good but I'm looking for some more concrete numbers and means of calculating efficacy. Thanks in advance.