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Reef Builders

 

Take a spin with the Bio Aquatek Gyractor

 

Reef Builders Gyractor Main

 

The upcoming Bio Aquatek Gyractor G1000 Bio Reactor is designed to give your biopellets a new twist. A unique design and fluidising plate on the bottom are designed with a dual action, keeping the media in suspension and turning over to allow even dispersal of water all around the pellets. Unlike the JNS BioPellet Reactors that use a pump underneath to keep the media moving, the Gyractor appears to use small outlets on the vertical part of the base along with curved channels in the bottom part of the plate to channel the water and create the motion.

The Gyractor wins hands down in the name category so we will have to see how this media reactor fares out in the wild. The dual action of the reactor is designed to give strong agitation of the media at the bottom which allows the bacteria to be cleaned off and a slow tumbling action at the top to allow the growth of biofilm. The Gyractor does have a solid list of features including being bowered by a Sicce Syncra Silent 1.5 (23W), the ability to hold up to one liter of pellet media, and construction from Class A acrylic and ABS for a rugged build.

Here are some features of the Gyractor:

    Made from class A acrylic & ABS materials.
    Highly Efficient, Durable, Reliable.
    Specially designed key lock head for easy removal.
    Simple to Set Up and Operate.
    Footprint: 14cm x 14cm
    Chamber Diameter: 9cm
    Height: 47cm
    Capacity: 2.5 L
    Designed to easily handle 1L of Marine Bio Pearls / Pellets

Along with the Bio Aqatek Gyractor itself, each Gyractor includes the Sicce pump, 1 meter of poly tubing and a 500ml sample of Marine Bio Pearls. So how much will the Gyractor set you back? List price is £149.99 ($248.60 USD) but these are currently marked down to £129.99 ($215.47 USD) on the Bio Aquatek website.

 

SOURCE: reefbuilders.com

 

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practical fish keeping

 

Marine Bio Pearls from TMC offer an alternative way of reducing nutrients in the aquarium, by using bacteria. They're also suitable for use in freshwater.

Reefkeepers need to provide a low nutrient environment for corals. Until recently nitrates and phosphates have been dealt with by changing water, sand beds, mud beds, algae refugiums, nitrate reactors, ion exchange resins or by bacteria as part of the Ultra Low Nutrient System (ULNS).

 

practical fishkeeping pearls

 

However, there’s another way to reduce nutrients with bacteria, with the new breed of Bio pellets.

Bio Aquatek Ltd, manufacturer TMC’s Bio Pearls and claims: "We have designed a formula tailored to the needs of hobbyists and commercial operations alike. Marine Bio Pearls encourage the growth of bacteria and enzymes on their surface, by providing essential nutrients required for growth.

"By multiplying, the bacteria and enzymes break down the Marine Bio Pearls while consuming both nitrates and phosphates from the water column. Once these have been reduced to trace levels, the bacteria can no longer feed on the Marine Bio Pearls and a stable state is reached.

"If the levels of feeding or waste production increase in the tank, the Marine Bio Pearls will start to consume them again."

While skimming remains effective in saltwater set-ups, it has weaknesses. Only 30% of unwanted nutrients in the water can be captured by a skimmer. The rest can’t stick to the surface of the skimmer bubbles.

Bio Aquatek says that the Marine Bio Pearls help in two ways. They consume the nutrients and convert them into slime-coated bacteria, which can be skimmed. Then the sticky surface of the bacteria captures minute particles of waste from the water column as they pass through the skimmer, removing them before they break down.

Add 100-150ml of the pearls per 100 l/ 22 gal of tank volume and you will also need a fluidised reactor in which you would normally fluidise sand or phosphate remover. Use a powerhead with flow control to keep the pearls constantly moving.

 

SOURCE: www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk

 

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