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The spyglass diy kit is a nice reactor and the kit saves a few bucks and is a blast to build!
Coming from two separate canister brs reactors (one is Rox 0.8 and the other is GFO) to a medium spyglass with mixed media is night and day! After a week my phosphates have dropped lower than previous and my orp has increased by 100 point. I attribute this to the superior fluidization of this design. I did plumb mine off my return pump and seeing 100-130 gph yet has a soft tumble and I have zero GFO dust in my system. The DIY build was easy and fun- and the level of support you get from Dan and Justin is unmatched. My only regret is I waited this long to buy one and wasted so much media with my previous reactors.
Easy to assemble and use
I purchased the small Spyglass reactor kit to use as a Purigen reactor. The reactor functions perfectly, with the Sicce Syncra Nano pump providing more than enough flow. With the inlet ball valve, flow can be dialed back to maintain a fluidized bed of Purigen at a steady height in the reactor chamber. I gave it 4 stars because the cone has an irregular shape inside instead of the circle I expected (and as shown in the assembly video) however it works well. There are many setups possible with this reactor making it useable with different media. Would purchase again.
Easy DIY build, instructional video made it super simple. I have it plumbed to return manifold, hardly have to open to valve before my high capacity GFO is tumbling nicely. Virtually eliminates any channeling due to spyglass shape. Can't wait to try other media!