It’s not often that we write about a product twice before we’ve even set eyes on it but Nyos has forced our hand. At first it seemed like the Torq would be a simple curiosity among media reactors with some interesting features to help it stand out in a crowded field, but the second generation device introduces many refinements that we covered this past summer.
We already knew about the Torq G2’s new bayonet twist-lock mechanism to keep the media chamber more secured, and the suction cup feet to further rigidify the complete assembly which can become top heavy, especially with the largest two liter Body 2.0. But a recently published video showcasing all of the Torq G2’s features really got us reconsidering how the laminar flow injection plate and micro grid screens will increase the usability of the entire chamber.
Probably the biggest problem with most media reactors is channeling of the media which occurs when water flow is not evenly distributed, often times brought about by clogged sponge partitions. Most of the reason we need to service a media reactor is not because the media itself is clogged or used up, but because the prefilter or separating sponges have become clogged.
This means that you end up taking the whole thing apart, often with lots of antiquated thumbscrews, not to replace the media but just to clean the freaking sponges! It’s pretty common for aquarium companies to get into small accessories to help fill out their product catalog and bottom line, but with their second go around the Torq G2 we can tell that Nyos is more serious about making the best media reactor than we initially gave them credit for.
The twisting flow rate adjustment of the Torq Base is one of the few implementations of water regulation we’ve seen that is arguably better than having a controllable feed pump. Now the only thing keeping us from completely falling in love with the Torq is the slight but audible noise associated with water falling/flowing down the sides of the reactor which can be really noticeable in certain setups and higher flow speeds.