Lifereef Calcium Reactors LCR-Nano, LCR1, LCR2, and BIG LCR3!
So stable and reliable in operation that a pH CONTROLLER IS NOT REQUIRED! A Ph meter (not controller) makes pH readings and monitoring easy but the controller part is not required as it is in other reactors that can run amuck and need a controller to keep them within bounds! Standard CO2 regulators work great too, no need to use the costlier electronic CO2 setups. Again a testament to how well the Lifereef Calcium Reactors have been designed, and unchanged for close to 20 years! All other reactors are copies of the Lifereef, with some odd "appliances" added on that just make it more prone to problems.
There has been much confusion regarding the need for a pH controller and electronic CO2 regulators on calcium reactors. Our design DOES NOT NEED A CO2 CONTROLLER NOR MORE COSTLY CO2 REGULATORS. No doubt that these are needed on other reactor designs to keep them within pH parameters due to their erratic performance and unreliable operation. A poor design will require other gadgets to make them operate. A superior, but simple, design does not need these things.
A pH probe holder is a nice option allowing you to monitor (and control if so desired) your reactors pH value without having to use the more time-consuming pH test kit method. All reactors require some way to measure pH, and a pH meter (not controller) is the easiest. Go with a Lifereef Calcium Reactor so you can spend more time enjoying your aquarium.
Any of the calcium reactor models can be increased in capacity simply by adding an extension. Your Lifereef Calcium Reactor can "grow" as does your needs. Many start out with nano aquariums and then move up to larger aquariums. So can your calcium reactor! No need to purchase another one, just add an extension!
The LCR-Nano, LCR1, and LCR2 all have the same design, just taller for larger aquariums.
You can also turn a reactor into a larger reactor by adding an extension tube (extra), and replacing the vinyl tubing. Something you can't do with too many others....
Calcium Reactor Information
Does the competition have all these features?
Available in a SUBMERSIBLE (in-sump) version or EXTERNAL stand-alone version. Same reactor but different pump. Default is EXTERNAL, must request IN-SUMP when ordering if that is your choice.
Need a custom size, no problem!
Watch out for fancy "bells and whistles" such as effluent needle valves and flow meter valves as these will clog and need frequent attention, or auto-fill bubble counters, it takes more than a year for water to completely evaporate from a bubble counter. The Lifereef Calcium Reactors have what is required for a reactor to work without all the miscellaneous hassle and maintenance.
THIS REACTOR HAS REMAINED UNCHANGED (except for the BlueLine pump as of this year) FOR THE PAST 17 YEARS, THAT IS HOW WONDERFUL A DESIGN THIS HAS BEEN.
LCR Nano for nano aquariums*
LCR1 for aquariums up to 300 gal.*
LCR2 for aquariums up to 500 gal.*
LCR3 for aquariums up to 1500 gal.*
Secondary Reactor is availalbe but may not be required. It can be added later if needed.
Required items to get a reactor going:
The Calcium Reactor
CO2 Gage/Solenoid/Needle Valve Set
CO2 Tank, sizes 2.5# to 20#
Reactor Media, any kind
Optional Quick-Disconnect Kit
Optional pH Probe Holder
Secondary Reactor Chamber
*Ratings are estimates and will depend on the amount of corals and calcium demand. Additional supplements may be needed depending on coral load and calcium demand. NO CALCIUM REACTOR CAN MAINTAIN CALCIUM LEVELS IF YOUR CALCIUM DEMAND IS GREATER THAN THE CALCIUM REACTOR CAN SUPPLY. CALCIUM REACTORS ARE RATED BY AQUARIUM GALLONS, BUT SHOULD BE RATED FOR CALCIUM DEMAND OR CORAL LOAD, BUT NO ONE CAN FIGURE OUT A RATING FOR CALCIUM DEMAND VS CORAL LOAD SO WE USE AQUARIUM GALLONS. ANYONE TELLING YOU A CALCIUM REACTOR IS YOUR "END ALL DOSING OR ADDITIVES" SOLUTION IS JUST TRYING TO SELL YOU A REACTOR.
Optional pH probe holder can be added to the calcium reactor for real-time pH monitoring and/or control. Add it to your order or add it later as a kit.
The pH holder is clear allowing you full view of pH probe tip.
Optional Quick-Disconnect FIttings Kit makes servicing your reactor simple: Disconnect in, out, and CO2 lines by depressing release tab, disconnect and connectors seal keeping water from pouring out of reactor and CO2 line closed. Leaves hoses behind primed and ready for re-connect after you service your reactor. Highly Recommended!
Certified lightweight aluminum tanks. You can own your own and have it filled or rent one from a local supplier. Available in 2.5, 5, 10, and 20 lb sizes. Tanks are shipped empty.
Uniweld CO2 gages feature a check valve, solenoid, and fine-tune needle valve for precise flow control. Gage assembly has high pressure and low pressure gages and safety relieve valve. Bubble counter is part of the calcium reactor, not this regulator.
Secondary Reactor Chamber...
Not really a plus in reactor performance nor CO2 reduction but if you think you want to try it can be added at any time.