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NextReef SMR1 XL Solid Media/BioPellet Reactor

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NextReef SMR1 XL Solid Media/BioPellet Reactor Information

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An evolution from the MR1 Media/Substrate Reactors, NextReef SMR1 Solid Media Reactor from Pet Store is a first of its kind, especially-designed media/substrate reactor intended for use in larger media.

Highly based on the standard quality of its predecessor, this solid media reactor will not let you down with its vital upgraded components.

The product’s body is specialized with a stronger and thicker cast blue acrylic compared to the brand’s previous tubing. Each reactor in the product line is hand-crafted in the United States and is CAD engineered to achieve precise fitting.

The special color of the product in translucent blue is ideal for bacterial growth. The color also aids in preventing light penetration in order to reduce algae. This assures product efficiency even in lighted sumps or other areas where light exposure may be a concern.

This easy to use, next generation reactor has a modified internal plenum assembly. The carefully designed media/substrate reactor is efficient with eliminating sponges to decrease maintenance concerns.

This new and improved product is suitable for larger fittings. Therefore, it allows greater water flow for an easier media fluidization especially for larger ones. For those who are using BioPellets and Zeolithic media, this product enhances system stability by reducing maintenance.

NextReef Systems assures you with master acrylic craftsmanship. With NextReef SMR1 Solid Media Reactor, you are sure to get your money’s worth!

Developed in conjunction with the US Distributor of NP BioPellets* , the NextReef SMR1 is the first media/substrate reactor specifically designed for long term use of larger media.

Evolved from our MR1 Media/Substrate Reactors, the NextReef SMR1 fills a specialized role while retaining the quality and ease of use you'd expect from a NextReef reactor.

Two sizes are available. The SMR1 is 16" tall overall, with a 14" reaction chamber, and the SMR1 XL is 23" overall with a 21" reaction chamber.

The NextReef SMR1 is based on our standard MR1 media/substrate reactors, but with some significant changes...
  • Cast blue acrylic for the main body . Made specially for us, it's both thicker and stronger than our standard tubing. The translucent blue color also serves an important purpose - it keeps out light to reduce algae and opimize beneficial bacterial growth. They're great in lighted sumps, or anywhere light exposure is a concern.
  • Modified internal plenum assembly. Our original design works great with sponges and small media - the SMR1 eliminates the sponges to reduce maintenance. Since BioPellets and Zeolithic media are designed for long term use, reducing maintainence fosters system stability .
  • Higher flow rates and reduced head pressure . The SMR1 comes set up to use larger fittings than our original reactors, so it flows more water with less restriction . The NextReef SMR1 flows enough water to easily fluidize larger media.
The SMR1 features plenums laser-cut from 3/16" acrylic. They're thick, they're heavy, they're strong... and they flow great.

Every NextReef Reactor is hand-crafted in the USA from the highest quality materials, and CAD engineered / CNC cut for a precise fit.

  • Recommended Tank Size: 375 gallons Marine
  • Height: 23" Overall Height / 21" Reaction Chamber (585mm / 535mm)
  • Width: 6" Overall (150mm)
  • Reaction Chamber: 21" x 4" (535mm x 100mm)
  • Total Capacity: 230 cubic inches / 1.0 gallons / 127 fluid ounces / 3.8 litre
  • Inlet / Outlet: 5/8" 90 Degree Barb Fittings - fits standard 5/8" ID tubing

Manufacturer Info

NextReef Systems
NextReef Systems operates a 4,000 square foot state-of-the-art plastics manufacturing facility in Bradenton, FL. The combination of precision CNC and laser cutting capabilities with master acrylic craftsmanship allow them to bring you the highest quality products for your aquarium, large or small. All of their products are made in the USA, from domestically sourced material (whenever possible!).

NextReef SMR1 XL Solid Media/BioPellet Reactor Reviews

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Posted: 1/31/2014 from San Pedro, CA UNITED STATES
4.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: Its a good reactor the only thing I don't like is the nylon cap n base its too flexible should be hard plastic

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Biopellet Reactor

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 9/7/2012 from BENBROOK, TX UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Expert

Comments: Construction of reactor is second to none and the blue chamber really helps with algae controll. I run the reactor in sump and have no leaks so would be fine out of sump as well.

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Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 6/20/2012 from EL PASO, TX UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: Using this with NPX Bio-pellets. Very efficient. No dead spots as I've found with other similarly priced units.

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Posted: 2/26/2012 from MAUMELLE, AR UNITED STATES
3.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: I was very pleased with the product untill about 6 months after purchases. It sprung a leak where the blue chamber meets the white housing. A small crack where it was not sealed well. Since it is after 90 days of purchase no returns and is out of warranty. People at next reef were jerks when called about this defect. Will not reconmend to a friend or buy any other next reef product.

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Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 8/9/2011 from TAYLOR, MI UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: I was convinced to try bio pellets and got a next reef MR1. I tried and tried and could not get the bio pellets to move like they should. This is because they were pushing a product with 1/2 inch inlet and outlets. After a long talk with next reef I changed to the pellets are dancing nicely. Thanks!

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Rock Solid

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 2/12/2011 from LAFAYETTE, LA UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Expert

Comments: I have to say the NextReef media reactors are rock solid. I have 3 SMR1 reactors and 3 MR1's. I need 3 more MR1's and I will be good to go.

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Quality Reactor

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 12/12/2010 from BROOKLYN, NY UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: I'm very pleased with the SMR1 reactor, it's build quality is excellent, price is right, works as designed and is built in the good old U S of A. This is a must have if you plan on running bio pellets.

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Looks Awesome

Reviewers Rating Great

Posted: 11/3/2010 from YORK, SC UNITED STATES
4.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: This Item came well packaged and no damage was observed upon delivery. The item was out of stock when I ordered it and the site was able to get it shipped out in a timely manner. Setting up this item was ultra easy and operation is easy as well. I T'd off my return line with a ball valve and in this way needed no extra pump. I then left the exit tubing in front of the skimmer intake. I would definitely recommend this item if you are wanting to use solid carbon dosing.

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A Very Satisfied Customer

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 7/26/2010 from REDWOOD CITY, CA UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Expert

Comments: When it comes to NextReef reactors nothing comes close in comparison! This new reactor is ideal for using biopellets with no makeshift mesh mods needed. This all in one unit is troublesome free, sturdy construction, and is built to last. I only use the best quality products for my fish and wont settle for anything less. NextReef certainly exceeded my expectations not only in overall quality but also the thought process put behind its unique design. all you need is a pump and tubing.

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