The new Lifegard Turbo Reactors are designed to spin media vs. just peculating media like traditional reactors to be maximize efficiency and minimizing clumping. The company notes the design helps “provide the highest water quality in a short time.”
The media reactors are built with an internal mechanism to spin the media that maximizes the media contact time and generates more flow through the media to boost chemical and biological filtration.
Lifegard notes the reactors were designed for easy access to add media or clean it out. Primarily designed for the different flavors and sizes of bio-pellets, you can also run GFO, carbon or other media and adjust the flow depending on the media. They come with diffuser plates and foam for GFO and other fine filter media.
There are two designs a side flow and a top flow version all powered by the company’s QuietOne pumps. The side flow version allows the water to flow up and out through a side vent tubing, this is good if you want to just quietly return the water into the sump. The side flow version comes in four sizes ranging from 103 GPH to 1,022 GPH. They range in price from around $120 to $200 or so.
The top flow version has slots on top allowing the water to flow out and down over the reactor to help oxygenate the water. This one comes in two sizes — a nano and a medium version — that retail for around $70-$90 depending on the size and retailer.