As part of their annual celebration of Talk Like a Pirate Day Avast Marine is releasing a new accessory in their growing catalog of YouBuilt devices. For this year Avast would like to introduce reefers to the concept of a recirculating media reactor with their retrofit kit that keeps the biopellets and solid carbon dosing churning while also reducing the overall throughput of water in the mixing chamber.
As the concept of using biopellets in home aquariums has become better understood and more refined, the need for aggressive mixing of the source of solid carbon has become clear. But simply slapping a larger pump on the biopellet reactor decreases the dwell time of the aquarium water inside the reactor, hampering the bacteria colonies from properly doing their job of biologically processing the nutrients therein.
To this end companies like CAD Lights and Reef Dynamics have offered up complete recirculating biopellet reactors but if you’ve already got one from Avast, now you can make it recirculating too. The Recirculating Media Reactor retrofit kit includes a new top flange assembly with new holes and special fittings to take your feed pump, something equivalent to a Sicce Syncra 1.5 or greater, and reconfigure it to both pull from the tank and feed the biopellet media the kinetic energy that it needs.
One of the coolest and mindful features of the recirculating media reactor retrofit kit is the use of semi-rigid tubing that is not only lightweight and workable, but also can take a few hits without transferring that stress to the acrylic of the media reactor. If you’re using biopellets and are yearning for greater results and nutrient export from the carbon beads, you owe it to yourself to make that media reactor recirculating. This is one of the easiest YouBuilt kits Avast Marine has ever offered and at $49 it is also one of the most affordable. [Avast Marine]