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Old 09-20-2011, 04:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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NextReef MR1-XL Media Reactor

I bought two of these great media reactors after doing some comparison shopping and debating on whether to choose smaller and cheaper units like the one by two little fishes or something larger that would last through an upgrade or two. I also needed quality that I would feel confident placing outside the sump in our 3rd floor apartment; something that would NOT leak down on the neighbors.

I’m going to be honest with you; these blow any other reactor I’ve see to date out of the water in terms of quality. I’ve had the small Phosban media reactors in the past, don’t remember the manufacturer, but these NextReef are a whole different ball game.

They are built out of thick acrylic tube (4” in diameter) and all the pieces (top flange and bottom) are CNC machined for ideal fit. The finishing is super clean; this was finally a product I felt confident using in our apartment (I didn’t feel that way with the smaller units on the market).

The unit comes pre-assembled but not plug and play. The top two barbed elbows need to be mounted with some teflon tape (it was provided). This I believe was done to minimize damage during shipping and to allow you to screw them in a way that they point to the direction you desire. You can also opt to use different couplings if that is what you’d like to do; the mounting holes in the top plate are ready to accept a 1/2” thread.

The barbed elbows, plastic hose clamps and Teflon tape were provided along with a manual on how to properly plumb it in.

The reactor does not come with a pump and the manufacturer suggests any small pump will work but I recommend something with at least 250-300 GPH range. The unit is nearly 24” tall and if you want any tumbling action in your reactor make sure you have a pump rated at about 250-300GPH. You can alternately T-off from your return pump. You should install a small valve to control the flow and adjust for different media you’d use. Always install a valve on the in-line or you will cause pressure buildup in the reactor. While I don’t think the reactor will explode the manufacturer does not recommend such practice.

These reactors are meant for larger tanks and I believe a 180Gallon warrants one (they are rated for up to 350 gallons in marine applications). They hold 1 gallon of media.

Since I bought 2 I have one running phosguard and the other is current running as bio reactor that is packed with ReBorn media. This has proven to keep my pH swings at bay and provides huge surface area for bacteria.

Later on I will use one for GFO and one for as either carbon or bio-pellet reactor.

At $99 a piece from MarineDepot.com I believe they are fairly priced and worth every penny.

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You can check specs directly at manufacturer's website.

NextReef | Media Reactors
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Old 09-21-2011, 06:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I really like the fact that their are the plastic screws at the top to open the reactor and ensure a good seal. I love my BRS reactors and they work well but messing with the wrench to open and close the reactors is a hassle and I never know when I am going to over tighten or under tighten and wind up with a stuck or leaky reactor..might have to invest in a pair of these....

great review and write up..thanks Puffer..
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Greg these are great. If you are looking for one for you or your clients look no further.
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