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Old 12/23/2017, 04:11 PM   #1
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Calcium reactor recommendations

Looking for recommendations on the best Ca reactor and media and what Ph controllers are the best.

For roughly 500 gallons. Something thatís easy to use.

Thanks and Merry Xmas everyone.


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Old 12/23/2017, 05:39 PM   #2
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LeslieS88,
I would say a GEO with a 2nd chamber.
I would also say Read This: reefdiesyst.com
Controllers are really not a necessity but a good regulator is.
Many use reborn by 2 Little Fishies.


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Old 12/23/2017, 06:42 PM   #3
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LeslieS88,
I would say a GEO with a 2nd chamber.
I would also say Read This: reefdiesyst.com
Controllers are really not a necessity but a good regulator is.
Many use reborn by 2 Little Fishies.
I agree. Along with a quality regulator, get a quality needle valve to control your co2 flow

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Old 12/23/2017, 07:23 PM   #4
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Vinny, thanks that link didn’t work.

Mike, I was thinking about this regulator

https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/carbo...lant-life.html


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Old 12/23/2017, 08:16 PM   #5
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http://reef.diesyst.com/crarticle/crarticle.htm


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Old 12/23/2017, 08:28 PM   #6
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Best is somewhat subjective; I think there are many contenders. My personal favorite is the MTC ProCal. Hard to find a better built unit ..... been running mine since 1997.


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Old 12/23/2017, 09:40 PM   #7
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I agree. Along with a quality regulator, get a quality needle valve to control your co2 flow

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Any recommendations on which ones to get?

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Old 12/23/2017, 11:34 PM   #8
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Any high quality reactor fed with a masterflex continuous duty peristaltic pump and a two stage regujlator w/carbon doser add on box.

105 pages but if you read my first few pumps I explain why it works so well.

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh....php?t=2368618


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Old 12/24/2017, 12:39 AM   #9
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Love those masterflex makes running a carx so easy.


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Old 12/24/2017, 01:28 PM   #10
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Reverse flow with an Ehiem pump are about my only real requirements anymore.

I run Korallin Reactors, any regulator with a CarbonDoser bubble box, mainline T for feed and medium grade ARM.


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Old 12/24/2017, 02:28 PM   #11
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Vinny, thanks that link didnít work.

Mike, I was thinking about this regulator

https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/carbo...lant-life.html
Way to much

Not designed for what you will be doing, you will be 1-2 bpm or under.

The ones GEO offers work great I'm a decade in on original equipment and no reason to upgrade.


The key here in context is not finding the best, just stay away from cheap garbage and you will be just fine


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Old 12/24/2017, 06:40 PM   #12
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Vinny, thanks that link didnít work.

Mike, I was thinking about this regulator

https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/carbo...lant-life.html
While many reefers have had great success with that regulator, I went with the DIY route and built one based on this thread
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh....php?t=2461771


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Way to much

Not designed for what you will be doing, you will be 1-2 bpm or under.

The ones GEO offers work great I'm a decade in on original equipment and no reason to upgrade.


The key here in context is not finding the best, just stay away from cheap garbage and you will be just fine
The ap carbon doser works excellent for calcium reactors.


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Old 12/25/2017, 12:06 AM   #14
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The ap carbon doser works excellent for calcium reactors.
I'm sure it does, my point was its too much money for a little finer bubble control.

the 99 dollar Milwaukee regulator works just as good IMHO for a calcium reactor. Mine is a decade old, works easy and perfect.

I like the easy method for setting up effluent at just past a steady drip, then using about 40 BPM to start and then keep measuring tank for alk stability. raising bubble count if needed.


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Old 12/26/2017, 08:23 PM   #15
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first things first.... lets talk regulator.....
the planted aquarium regulator is the best in business.... and hasn't failed me yet and is highly recommended...

the reactor should be a dual chamber that will help reduce the CO from getting into your tank and dropping your PH...

i personllly use the CRO 5000D from reef octopus


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Old 12/26/2017, 10:06 PM   #16
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I have a stainless steel dual stage regulator by Alan Le and a aquamaxx carx and I like that I can disconnect the pump for maintenance without needing to purge the whole reactor of liquid.


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Old 12/27/2017, 04:56 AM   #17
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Well, I’m definitely going with the AP regulator. Either a geo or octopus reactor.


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Well, Iím definitely going with the AP regulator. Either a geo or octopus reactor.
If the choice is between a GEO and Reef Octo, I'd personally go with GEO. They're made in the USA and built solid. Customer service is great if ever needed.


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In addition to the regulator. What controller are you using to control the regulator ?


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Controllers are not needed for the regulator, they are stand alone units.


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Old 12/27/2017, 12:53 PM   #21
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What’s the best model materflex pump to run


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Old 12/27/2017, 01:44 PM   #22
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Any that does 0.6-600 rpm would work.


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Old 12/27/2017, 02:25 PM   #23
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Best regulator set up

I really like my Reef Octopus reactor. I have a 180 gallon tank and use up 2+ dKH per day and it keeps up.

And a Cole Parmer pump.

And you thought this was going to be cheap


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I use a DYI set up Smith / Milwaukee / Do not remember the bubble counter manufacturer
Works great with my GEO reactor.
https://store.cyberweld.com/smco2re30sem.html
https://www.amazon.com/Milwaukee-Ins.../dp/B00I47XIX2


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A 6 to 600rpm unit is best. Brush less is preferred and is quiet. A brushed unit is fine if noise isn't a concern. You want a pump head that accepts ls17 size tubing.


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