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    New BioPellet Reactor by LSS & Reef Octopus

    The latest aquarium product garnering attention in Japan is this BioPellet Reactor design from LSS Laboratory and Reef Octopus. We first saw an early version of of this reactor weeks back with the initial model or prototype in a black color black and featuring a twist on and off top. The reactor has since taken a color change and […]

    reef octopus biopellet reactor

    The latest aquarium product garnering attention in Japan is this BioPellet Reactor design from LSS Laboratory and Reef Octopus. We first saw an early version of of this reactor weeks back with the initial model or prototype in a black color black and featuring a twist on and off top. The reactor has since taken a color change and received some additional refinement.

    Most importantly, the fluidizing cone bottom has been kept the same. The cone shape evenly disperese water upwards, without restricting flow rates. (A similar design can be seen on Deltec Fluidized Calcium reactors.)

    biopellet reactor

    A close up of the BioPellet Reactor “Prototype”

     

    Some updates to the production model Reef Octopus Reactor include  fastening screws replacing the screw on lid and a mesh screen to keep the biopellets in the reactor. Like the fluidizing cone, the open mesh does not restrict flow rates as much as drilled or slotted acrylic.

    biopellet reactor

    biopellet reactor

    lss biopellet reactorWe are told this design will only be sold in Japan and is exclusive to LSS Laboratory (A Japanese aquarium company & importer of Reef Octopus).

    We have yet to confirm this with Reef Octopus USA (CoralVue) or Reef Octopus (Honya), but the engraving on the top of the reactor ought to lend some support to this.

    The reactors will be made available in three sizes. Each model features 12mm input and 16mm out.

    BP600

    • 300ml BioPellet Capacity
    • 390mm chamber height (15.35″)
    • 490 total height (19.3″)
    • 70mm OD (2.75″)
    • 25000¥ ($305 USD)

    BP 1600

    • 800ml BioPellet Capacity
    • 430mm chamber height (16.9″)
    • 530 total height (20.9″)
    • 100mm OD (3.93″)
    • 35000¥ ($430 USD)

    BP 4000

    • 800ml BioPellet Capacity
    • 430mm chamber height (16.9″)
    • 530 total height (20.9″)
    • 140mm OD (5.5″)
    • 47000¥ ($570 USD)

    Reef Octopus is generally seen as an affordable equipment manufacturer. Being that this reactor has more work put into it and it is being sold in Japan, the prices are higher than most would expect.

    The cost of maintaining aquariums in Japan is exponentially higher than Europe and the United States. This is clearly factored in to the listed pricing here. Should a similar version make its way to the U.S. or EU we expect the price will take a significant haircut.

    h/t Okabe @ LSS

    4 Comments

    1. danger
      October 23, 2010 at 2:07 PM | Permalink

      Good to see you mention the Deltec CRs that have obviously influenced the design.

    2. October 27, 2010 at 6:11 AM | Permalink

      Holy shit these are expensive. For just bio-pellets? Are they on drugs? Why would anyone spend $500+ for a reactor for biopellets when there are so many cheaper alternatives?

    3. richard
      November 10, 2010 at 1:10 AM | Permalink

      must be something wrong witht that pricing they are on par with current reactors for US pricing.

    4. November 15, 2010 at 4:22 AM | Permalink

      Nothing wrong with the pricing–it’s for Japan.

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