Help and advice on shopping for: Fluidised Reactor
Quality filtration for your reef aquarium
Fluidised Reactors are used to fluidise media for your fish tank. For example, if there is a chemical imbalance such as too much nitrate, the treatment media is placed in the reactor chamber and the water in your fish tank is circulated around the canister so it is exposed to the media.
What are fluidised reactors?
Fluidised reactors, or fluidised bed filters, hang on the back of your aquarium or sump and are used to suspend special filter media in a tumbling water-media mix. By pumping water through a fluidised bed filter, the media are kept in constant suspension and can't compact as they can in a conventional filter, increasing the surface area of the media exposed to water and making the filter more effective. They're commonly used as biological filtration, but can also be used for phosphate removal.
How do fluidised reactors work?
A fluidised reactor usually hangs on the rear of the aquarium or sump and water is pumped into the base using a water pump or powerhead. The water flows upwards through the media which keeps it in suspension, forming a media-water mix that stops the media compacting and increases the active surface area. After a short time in the reactor, the water passes out of the top back to the aquarium. Fluidised reactors can be used with various types of filter media. The two main applications are for biological filtration, where bacteria are grown upon sand or other biological filter media, or for chemical filtration, where water is pumped through a chemical filter media such as RowaPhos for phosphate removal.
What accessories should I buy with a fluidised reactor?
Fluidised reactors need to be powered by a water pump (like an Eheim Compact Pump), so you'll need the right size one of these, plus adjustment taps to tweak the flow rate going through the reactor. They also need media to go inside, i.e. RowaPhos.