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post #1 of 16 Old 10-08-2011, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
Phosphate Reactor

I am going to be purchasing a 29gal HQI BioCube (as i mentioned before) and am seeking info on Phosban Reactors.

The placement of my tank will catch the sun setting for about 30-45min a day (a bit longer in the winter with no leaves on the tree). With knowing this and seeing many claims of having nuisance algae with a 0 phosphate reading, i was thinking about getting a phosphate reactor sometime in the future.

One product i was looking at was the two little fishies phosban 150. My concern llies with the set up. I don't have a sump and i cant to hang it on the back of the tank (there will be no room).

Is it possible to set it up under like a canister filter under the stand (have an inlet/outlet pipe ran off an external pump)?

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post #2 of 16 Old 10-09-2011, 12:44 AM
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I am going to be purchasing a 29gal HQI BioCube (as i mentioned before) and am seeking info on Phosban Reactors.

The placement of my tank will catch the sun setting for about 30-45min a day (a bit longer in the winter with no leaves on the tree). With knowing this and seeing many claims of having nuisance algae with a 0 phosphate reading, i was thinking about getting a phosphate reactor sometime in the future.

One product i was looking at was the two little fishies phosban 150. My concern llies with the set up. I don't have a sump and i cant to hang it on the back of the tank (there will be no room).

Is it possible to set it up under like a canister filter under the stand (have an inlet/outlet pipe ran off an external pump)?

Thanks,
MetalArm3
Yup, set it up just like one. you'll have the flow valve on the return line, not on the intake line.
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post #3 of 16 Old 10-09-2011, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
Thanks Madness!

I was unsure on the setup because nowhere in the instructions (PDF) does it mention running it like a canister. I think I will pick one i one up sometime and run it with NP Biopellets. Seems like the maintnane on them are real low and you only need to replace media every 6 months ( major plus).

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Thanks Madness!

I was unsure on the setup because nowhere in the instructions (PDF) does it mention running it like a canister. I think I will pick one i one up sometime and run it with NP Biopellets. Seems like the maintnane on them are real low and you only need to replace media every 6 months ( major plus).

Thanks Again,
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THey run just like one. One inlet one return, you just need to get the right sized pump, to tumble the material inthe canister. I don't think you need to worry about that using Pellets.
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post #5 of 16 Old 10-09-2011, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
Cool.

If I may trouble you for one last question, what external aquarium pump would you recommend? It must be external due to the limited space in the back of the BioCube. I looked at the Hydor L20 ( reviews seem bad however) and the Eheim brand seems expensive.
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post #7 of 16 Old 10-09-2011, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
Lifegard Aquatics Quiet One Aquarium 1200 Pump is the one I'll go with. With 3-4' head its say I should achieve 150-200gph which should be enough and is a great price at $29.99.

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Lifegard Aquatics Quiet One Aquarium 1200 Pump is the one I'll go with. With 3-4' head its say I should achieve 150-200gph which should be enough and is a great price at $29.99.

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post #9 of 16 Old 10-09-2011, 04:30 PM
you may want to consider heat into the tank. if a nano sits in the sun for a few mins it will probably overheat

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post #10 of 16 Old 10-09-2011, 04:37 PM
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i would also set the reactor in a food safe tupperware under the stand. this is just as a cation incase for any leaks.
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