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Bulk Reef Supply (BRS) Granular Ferric Oxide (GFO)


Granular Ferric Oxide (GFO) is a phosphate remover commonly used in the saltwater aquarium industry. I am installing a GFO reactor on my system to help keep down nuisance green hair algae. I picked this BRS dual GFO/carbon reactor and GFO media up from my local fish store. A single canister reactor is supposed to support up to 120 gallons so I’m hoping the dual canister will help put a dent in the 400ish gallons in my system. Like they say “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

BRS GFO Reactor Dual - Rinsing the media

After hooking up a feed pump and adding the GFO media we are about ready to go! It’s important to run 5 or so gallons through the reactor to wash off the new media.

BRS GFO Dual Reactor - Rinsing the media

Yum, GFO dust.

Bulk Reef Supply GFO Reactor - Dual

After the rinsing you want to set the flow high enough to slowly tumble the media. Turning to flow up too high will cause the GFO media to break down a bit and end up in your tank.

Fish room sump area, Skimmer, ATO, GFO Reactor

All finished!

Starting GFO Treatment for Green Hair Algae 1-30-14

I will use this photo to see if there is an progress. 🙂

 

BRS GFO Reactor


Got a new toy to add to the system. Hopefully this BRS GFO reactor will knock the heck out of the green hair algae in the long run. More picture when I get it set up! 🙂

BRS GFO Dual Reactor

 

BRS 75 GPD RO/DI 6 Stage System


My Bulk Reef Supply 75 GPD RO/DI system showed up the end of last week.  I was amazed at how well packed it was!  Everything was pretty much plug-n-play.  Took a couple minutes to drain and disconnect my old Kent Maxxima RO/DI and a few more to mount and get the new one running. Here are a few pictures from the switch out.

Reef Tank Dosing Containers – Revised


So I’ve been dosing Bulk Reef Supply (BRS) additives to my reef tank for about a year (1st Dosing post).  There is one place that I messed up!  The water containers that I used to dose my calcium, alkalinity and magnesium solution didn’t “cut the mustard.”  Specifically, the alkalinity solution didn’t like the containers and found a way to crack the container and leak, twice. The first time it leaked I wrote it off as my mistake and replace the container with a new one, but I placed a short plastic shoe/boot mat under the containers for future spills 🙂 . The other night I looked in and noticed that the plastic shoe/boot mat was full of solution and getting ready to spill over. Luckily it was a small crack, or slow leak, and I was able to catch it. I think I am going to switch to plastic gas cans. Anything that’s made to handle hazardous liquids like gas should be able to handle alkalinity solution, right? The water containers are made out of pretty hard plastic so I think a more forgiving plastic will be better.

I’ve also realized that it’s easier to make a gallon of solution and add it to the five gallon (or whatever size) container as you go rather than make five gallons at a time (duh). So I’m stuck with 1 gallon containers for a little bit until I get new ones.

Reef Aquarium Tank Dosing Containers

Bulk Reef Supply (BRS) Dosing Pumps


With my last bulkreefsupply.com order I got another dosing pump (BRS 2 Part Doser – 1.1 mL Per Minute) for dosing my magnesium solution (left).  I’ve been pretty happy with the previous two dosing pumps I bought from BRS for dosing calcium & alkalinity solution (right). Here’s how I set them up under my 90 gallon refugium. (update at the bottom)

I first tried using 3 gallon containers (below) but soon upgraded to 5 gallon for calcium and alkalinity (soda ash) and 1 gallon for magnesium.

Container UPDATE here!

Bulk Reef Supply (BRS) Order


Today is a happy day, my Bulk Reef Supply order got here!  I ordered all my dosing chemicals (Calcium Chloride, Soda Ash, Magnesium Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate) for the year and a new dosing pump for magnesium solution.  I’ve let me magnesium levels drop over the past year below an acceptable range so the doser should take care of that for me.  I also decided to start packing my own RO DI filters with BRS resin. Looks pretty easy to do and quite a few fellow reefers do it.

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