The experience so far has been perfect. Exactly what I was looking for. I had a few questions before and after purchase, all were answered quickly which was much appreciated. I’d recommend to anyone to take on building this, it’s easy and an instant sense of gratification.
The diy kit was extremely easy to build and it saved me a decent amount of money! I bought the small reactor for my trigger cube 20 sump and it fits perfectly in the return pump area. I have the reactor filled with rowaphos and red sea carbon and so far it has been flawless. The media never settles out like in old reactors I've had, it constantly moves and stays suspended. Come time to change out the media it is extremely easy to! Just pull up the chamber, plug the bottom, and off to the sink to change it out. The pump stays in place and you can just drop the refilled chamber back in and that's it!
Kit was very easy to assemble following Avast's YouTube video. Assembly didn't take long at all. Currently running biopellets at the moment. The tumble rate seems just right and not too harsh. It thought I would hear some noise from the reactor while running, but it is dead silent (If the power cord lays against the inner cylinder you may hear a small trickling sound). All in all this a great reactor.
The sponge in the upflow reactors clogged within a day and would prevent the media from fluidizing. This reactor Fixed that issue and is working great.
Avast continues to put out fantastic products as I’ve added this to the already owned swabbie, plank, sea bones, kalk stirrer and Davy Jones products. Will continue to buy great products from Avast.