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MtnDewMan

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I received my new Deltec PF500 Calcium reactor. Waiting on the Rowalith media before I install it. Thought I would share some pictures of this reactor in case any of you were interested in how it looks.





 

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Wow, that is one high tech looking reactor. I have never seen that brand before, do they have their own site?

What are the dimensions of that?

Looks awesome :shock:

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That definitely looks cool. Got tired of your Koralin?

So, now the big question, what's so cool about it other than it looking more high tech than a warp core? :) Just more efficient?
 

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More efficient, Higher DKH, reuses CO2, hopefully won't stop due to gas build up ... And just pretty darn cool looking :)
 

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Looking good chuck..how much did you pay for that????? lol

Hey I have a few extra bags of the media, if you want you are welcome to grab one until your come in??

let me know


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:drinking: I need a drink. I figured out the cost in Canadian monopoly funds. :D

In all fairness, the price is comparable with other top line reactors.
 

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mojoreef said:
Looking good chuck..how much did you pay for that????? lol

Hey I have a few extra bags of the media, if you want you are welcome to grab one until your come in??

let me know


Mike
I am not sure I am going to dignify that first question with a response :D

I could use a bag of media. Could you bring a bag to the potluck on Saturday and when I get mine I will just give you a bag? How many pounds or kilos are in the bags you have?
 

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Can I have a bag on Saturday and I will give you the bag that I have coming to me when I get it? That way I can get the reactor running on Sunday :)
 

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Hi guys,

Mike here. I hope you all don't think I'm intruding on your forum, but I was researching Deltec's and see Chuck with his awesome Deltec Calcium Reactor(saw it on RC too)!

I'm not an expert on ARM or Rowalith, but the latter is a 2 part mixture of Rowalith C+ along with just Rowalith (or possibly Rowalith W). The two types of rowalith have different particle sizes, and when they fluidise, you get more media dissolved into the water. Conventional reactors which have static media (doesn't fluidise) channel water and don't provide as much surface area for the depressed pH within the reactor to dissolve media. So, I believe it's really the result of the mechanical action in the calcium reactor as much as the media itself that contributes to a higher calcium & alkalinity being dissolved within the Deltec units.

Mike
 

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Michael

No intrusion whatsover ... we encourage everyone to join us.

I finally received the media 2 days ago. Haven't had a chance to put it in the reactor. By the looks of it, it appears to look like cat litter. haha ... 2 part cat litter ... Looking forward to getting the reactor running soon.

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Great to have you aboard mike feel free to post as much as you want. I totally agree with you on the mechcanical being very important. the media size is also a big player. The second part of the media is just an enert product designed to help with the fluidizing.


mike
 

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Hi Chuck and Mike,

I just checked out Ron Dalton's Aquarium Solutions website and they have completely changed their pricing. I wanted to order a Deltec this month, but was advised to wait until January 18th which is when the distribution channels open for US customers. Now, I look at their website again and prices have been increased 35% on average for the entire line of calcium reactors! The biggest price increase is model PF 600s (the model I was planning on buying) at 46% higher from last week. I really wanted a Deltec, but I can hardly afford one PF 600s now, much less 2 of them. The funny thing is that model PF 600s costs more to ship than PF 1000. How is that physically possible?

PF 509
Was $329 + $59 shipping = $388
Now $404 + $71 shipping =$475

PF 500
Was $568 + $85 shipping = $653
Now $740 + $99 shipping = $839

PF 600
was $597 + $109 shipping = $706
now $838 + $123 shipping = $961

PF 600s
was $621 + $109 shipping = $730
now $916 + $147 shipping = $1063

PF 1000
was $873 + $130 shipping = $1003
now $1288 + $146 shipping = $1434
 

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Those prices may be rising because of the currency exchange? Not sure ...

I finally installed the reactor over the weekend. Had some problems, mainly with the pump. It came with a missing o-ring, I found that out the hard way :shock:

And the pump stopped working for a bit, gave it a 15 minute time out and it has been running ever since.

Here are a few pictures ...







And here is a little moving picture you can download if you want (1.5Mb)

http://www.reeffrontiers.com/mtndewman/75gallonreef/images/video/deltec_reactor_media_fluidizing.avi
 

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Looks great Chuck!!! :shock:

I am not too familiar with calcium reactors so I am wondering if your media is normaly turning inside of the reactor chamber? Most running reactors I have seen aren't like that, is that because you just set it up and everything hasn't settled, or is it just one of those European engineering feets??? ;-);-);-)


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This is a German fluidizing calcium reactor. It is supposed to churn up the media, it gets it all suspended and allows the reaction to take place on all sides of the media more efficiently ... Those guys over there know how to design aquarium stuff for sure :)
 
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