Macroalgea Reactors & Triton Method

NefTunzReef

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Nov 17, 2017
Messages
153
Reaction score
197
Notwithstanding the fuge versus algae reactor ongoing debate, I can tell you that as a former fuge user and now a current Macroalgae reactor user, my sump is squeaky CLEAN without any bits of floating cheato or unsightly algae growing on the walls. All of the byproduct "mess" is now contained inside the reactor, which is a bonus if you like clean-looking sumps.
 

Zagreus

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Jul 29, 2017
Messages
311
Reaction score
296
Location
Miami, Florida
Hey BRS,

I have a question that no one seems to be addressing. But it's two fold, we know that refugiums work for nutrient control. But my question is, how well do macro algea reactors work for those that can't get a feasible refugium like those of us using Red Sea Reefers? And also would a macro algea reactor work with the Triton method vs a refugium and would it have to be oversized as well?

Also side note if possible.

Pros vs Cons of different branded macro algea reactors and DIY.

1. DIY
2. Pax Bellum
3. Skimz


This is just something I would really love to see, as I have red sea reefer tanks and the refugiums would require a new sump and possibly skimmer as I would have to downsize my skimmer.
Brog nice post! I asked brstv about this as well since I really do not have room for a fuge and was interested in triton. I was seriosly considering getting a PAX Bellum, think c19 or 17 anyway the smallest of the new generation. But I was scared away when I read and or saw some videos of them suggesting to dose nitrates due to the high success of the reactor. For me less is more....keep it simple method and that was more than I was willing to do at the time.
I just saw that BRS posted a new article on fuges being too efficient and will watch that now. Happy New Year!
 
OP
Brogratz

Brogratz

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Mar 1, 2016
Messages
307
Reaction score
141
Location
Washington
Brog nice post! I asked brstv about this as well since I really do not have room for a fuge and was interested in triton. I was seriosly considering getting a PAX Bellum, think c19 or 17 anyway the smallest of the new generation. But I was scared away when I read and or saw some videos of them suggesting to dose nitrates due to the high success of the reactor. For me less is more....keep it simple method and that was more than I was willing to do at the time.
I just saw that BRS posted a new article on fuges being too efficient and will watch that now. Happy New Year!
Thanks :),

I believe the C series is the larger series and that the ARID reactors are overall their new ones. I just placed an order for a N18 because I don't mind it being "too efficient". I overstock my tank anyways ;). But I definitely get where you are coming from, I saw somewhere someone claiming that the Pax Bellum is a great choice for the Triton method. But still to me it's unproven, but at least for now. To compete with any potential algea etc it's worth having.
 
OP
Brogratz

Brogratz

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Mar 1, 2016
Messages
307
Reaction score
141
Location
Washington
Notwithstanding the fuge versus algae reactor ongoing debate, I can tell you that as a former fuge user and now a current Macroalgae reactor user, my sump is squeaky CLEAN without any bits of floating cheato or unsightly algae growing on the walls. All of the byproduct "mess" is now contained inside the reactor, which is a bonus if you like clean-looking sumps.
I not only like the clean look, I feel that a fuge is a messier version overall. Because the lights have to bleed over some and ultimately cause slime in your skimmers etc. I honestly prefer the thought of the reactor overall. But for some reason this just hasn't been fully covered yet. I hope BRS ends up finding a way to test it :).
 

Zagreus

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Jul 29, 2017
Messages
311
Reaction score
296
Location
Miami, Florida
Thanks :),

I believe the C series is the larger series and that the ARID reactors are overall their new ones. I just placed an order for a N18 because I don't mind it being "too efficient". I overstock my tank anyways ;). But I definitely get where you are coming from, I saw somewhere someone claiming that the Pax Bellum is a great choice for the Triton method. But still to me it's unproven, but at least for now. To compete with any potential algea etc it's worth having.
Please do a thread or keep adding to this one on your experience with the Pax. It would be very helpful to me. Thank you, Zag
 

Wrasse-cal

Well-Known Member
View Badges
Joined
Nov 21, 2017
Messages
693
Reaction score
478
I'm going to be trying this technique with a Skimz reactor. My tank is still dry, but I'll comment on my experiences once I have something to contribute.
 
OP
Brogratz

Brogratz

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Mar 1, 2016
Messages
307
Reaction score
141
Location
Washington
I'm going to be trying this technique with a Skimz reactor. My tank is still dry, but I'll comment on my experiences once I have something to contribute.
Please do! I only went with the Pax because it has a heat sink at the top to dissipate the heat from the LED's in the air. But I really want to see how things turn out :).
 
OP
Brogratz

Brogratz

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Mar 1, 2016
Messages
307
Reaction score
141
Location
Washington
Please do a thread or keep adding to this one on your experience with the Pax. It would be very helpful to me. Thank you, Zag
Will do, once I get the Pax. Maybe I can try testing nitrates etc and see how well it works.
 

Zagreus

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Jul 29, 2017
Messages
311
Reaction score
296
Location
Miami, Florida
Yes please also how often you need to clean it and the effort involved in cleaning it and your perception of the work over result ratio. Also how it works with triton if you use that method. Thank you! Zag
 

Mick1of10

Member
View Badges
Joined
Aug 9, 2017
Messages
47
Reaction score
58
Location
Blythewood, SC
I have he Skimz 157 rector and a smallish refugium on a RSR 500 peninsula tank. The two seem to work well together, but I don't have enough time on the system to comment definitively. Will update when I do.
 

Philc

New Member
View Badges
Joined
Jan 20, 2018
Messages
3
Reaction score
0
I have he Skimz 157 rector and a smallish refugium on a RSR 500 peninsula tank. The two seem to work well together, but I don't have enough time on the system to comment definitively. Will update when I do.
Any updates?
 
OP
Brogratz

Brogratz

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Mar 1, 2016
Messages
307
Reaction score
141
Location
Washington
I am suppose to get my Pax Bellum this week, the process to get one takes FOREVER. It's been over 10 weeks since I ordered it. But I am going to get it up and running, and than look into possibly doing Triton on that system.
 

DaveNJ

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Mar 20, 2016
Messages
266
Reaction score
136
Location
Holmdel
I recently went to the Triton Method (a couple of months now) and installed the large Skimz reactor about 3 weeks ago. I've not been impressed so far... but I also think I just figured out why this morning. My chaeto just will not grow in the reactor. I have it set for 12 hours on a reverse light cycle. But... I just saw in another thread a flippant comment about Vibrant killing chaeto... oops. So... I think I'll stop dosing Vibrant and see what happens. As an aside, I seeded one of the 3 "chambers" in the Skimz with Dragon's Breath macro-algae and it has shown some growth. Not a lot, but it's faring better than the chaeto.
How has your experience been since you last posted?
 

Philc

New Member
View Badges
Joined
Jan 20, 2018
Messages
3
Reaction score
0
Any updates? I just recently got my skimz reactor going 3 monthes ago and had to trim cheato 3 times. Packed out cheato. Incredible. Just picked up triton others method. And going to start dosing.
 

Reefdom

Member
View Badges
Joined
Sep 13, 2018
Messages
20
Reaction score
1
any more feedback. So many get to the point of pulling the pin and then leave us hanging
 

Online statistics

Members online
840
Guests online
2,126
Total visitors
2,966
noopsyche
TCK Corals
Top