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Help inhibit algae growth

Phosphate reactors have quickly become an important component of many reefkeepers' aquarium filtration systems. They are simple to set up, maintain, and are affordable. Find marketing leading phosphate reactors from Reef Octopus and TMC to introduce phosphate-battling media into your aquarium.

What are phosphate reactors?

A phosphate reactor is a useful filtration add-on that is frequently used in reef aquariums. The primary reason for limiting phosphate levels is excessive algae growth. Phosphate levels would naturally rise in the absence of a phosphate reactor, as phosphates are a byproduct of fish foods and waste. High levels of phosphate in your tank, if left unchecked, will inhibit coral growth and cause your corals to lose colour.

How do phosphate reactors work?

A small reverse flow media reactor chamber is the first component of a phosphate reactor. Granular ferric oxide (GFO) media is used to fill the reactor. Water enters the reactor chamber through the top and flows down a tube in the reactor's centre. Water is funnelled into a small compartment beneath the media and flows up through a dispersion plate, then up through the media. This comes out of the top of the realtor through a second tube.

Why is filter media important in a phosphate reactor?

Simply put, phosphate is a byproduct of unremoved waste or nutrients in your aquarium. Phosphate levels, if left unchecked, will promote undesirable algae growth. Granular media is one method for dealing with it. Phosphate Reactors, as the name implies, are used to introduce phosphate-fighting media into your aquarium. The media is placed inside the chemical filtration chamber in such a way that it can then be fluidised for your reef tank. Depending on the reactor, they may or may not contain media such as Reef Octopus Bio Spheres.

What accessories should I buy with a phosphate reactor?

Phosphate 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 tubing and hose clamps to secure the tubing.