Kent Marine's Phos Reactor is designed for the most efficient chemical filtration possible. It suspends chemical filter media in a reaction chamber, providing optimal surface area and contact time for advanced filtration. This powerful reactor is not just for phosphate control; it accepts a variety of filter media as needed to address the issues of your tank. This acrylic and ABS filter opens easily; simply add your choice of media.
Unit column is 3.25" diameter, 6" wide x 14" high with fittings.
Lip for hanging is .875" wide.
Remove lid and all contents from inside reactor; place them down next to the unit.
Slide one of the sponge filter discs down over the center pipe of the lower pipe assembly so that it sits directly in contact with the black perforated disc. Slide the lower assembly down to the bottom of the reaction column. If the sponge slides up, a long piece of rigid air tubing or similar object may be used to push it back down.
Cover the center pipe with a short piece of clear tape; this will prevent media from falling into the pipe when filling the unit. Add the proper amount of media of your choice to the reaction column.
Place the upper pipe assembly atop the lower pipe assemble by lining the lower tube up with the upper perforated disc and sliding them together.
Place the O-ring into the groove in the top of the reactor and secure the lid to the water input and exhaust tubes line up with the bracket in front of the reactor. If the lid is difficult to secure, apply a very thin coat of silicone grease with your finger, then twist and lock the lid securely into place. Do not grasp and twist the clear acrylic pipes atop the lid, as these may break.
Connect the ball-valve to the pump; if using the filter in a fluidized-bed capacity, turn the valve to allow the minimal flow of water through the unit.
Determine the best location for the reactor. It is recommended that the filter be placed in a location that will allow easy access for regular maintenance. The water return should be directed across the water surface using the supplied elbow fitting. If placing the unit in the sump, locate the pump and filter in an easily-accessible location.
Determine the length of tubing that will be required for your application and measure it twice before cutting it. Use the tubing to connect the ball-valve and input port of the filter and the exhaust port with the additional elbow (for hang-on-tank application).
Plug the pump or power head in and adjust the flow of water as necessary. For Kent Power-Phos and other fluidized bed media, the goal is to cause the media to suspend in the upwelling water to a depth of approximately 0.75 of the total height of the reaction column. Do not allow media to be flushed out of the filter and into the aquarium. For other media, the ball-valve may be omitted and water flow left wide-open to allow the maximum turn-over rate. Monitor the filter for several minutes in case the flow rate requires additional adjustment.
Check for leaks in the plumbing and around the lid. Improper fitting connections and assembly can cause leaks that may damage floors and surrounding equipment.
The quality of water is the largest determining factor behind accessing when the media should be replace. Without testing the water beforehand for the parameter of interest (i.e. phosphate, silicate, nitrate, etc), it's nearly impossible to determine when the filtration media should be discarded.