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AquaMaxx Star Calcium Reactor

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INTRODUCING THE AQUAMAXX NANO STAR CALCIUM REACTOR AquaMaxx Nano Star Calcium Reactors use an up-flow design to mix saltwater, calcium carbonate and CO2 inside a reaction chamber to eliminate the need for daily two-part dosing....
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AquaMaxx Star Calcium Reactor Information

AquaMaxx Nano Star Calcium Reactors use an up-flow design to mix saltwater, calcium carbonate and CO2 inside a reaction chamber to eliminate the need for daily two-part dosing. Not only will the AquaMaxx Nano Calcium Reactor keep your levels balanced, you will no longer have to calculate daily dosages for your tank. With a seamless body, removable lid for quick media access and a small, space-saving design, the AquaMaxx Nano Calcium Reactor is truly one-of-a-kind.

AquaMaxx Nano Star Calcium Reactors are computer-precision engineered and utilize the latest aquarium technology to deliver unparalleled performance and value. Despite its small form factor, the Nano Star is rated for aquariums up to 75 gallons.

The high-quality components of the Nano Star are encased in elegant white acrylic. To maintain a sleek compact design, the included Sicce pump is placed inside the reactor. Compared to other small calcium reactors on the market, the AquaMaxx Nano is almost invisible.

With a built-in a pH probe holder, you can easily keep an eye on the pH inside the calcium reactor with a pH monitor or control the CO2 with a pH controller. The included hang-on bracket allows you to mount the Nano Star almost anywhere. A CO2 recovery system re-injects excess/unused CO2. This helps lower CO2 usage and ensures no excess CO2 goes back into your aquarium.

AquaMaxx Calcium Reactors were designed from the ground up with the aquarium hobbyist in mind. The computer precision-cut enclosure makes the reactor look and feel seamless. There is only one cord on the reactor: the power cord.

Cleaning and maintenance is simple. For quick access to the included Sicce pump or to replenish filter media, simply open the lid. Just turn the thumbscrews counterclockwise, remove and replace the sponges and replenish the reactor with quality calcium carbonate media.

The workhorse powering the AquaMaxx Nano Star Calcium Reactor is the pump. Each reactor is equipped with an Italian-made Sicce Syncra Silent 0.5 pump. These pumps were chosen specifically for their small footprint, energy-efficient design and whisper-quiet operation.

AquaMaxx products are backed by a 60-day return policy and a 90-day factory warranty. AquaMaxx Calcium Reactors are shipped with detailed instructions and diagrams to help you get up and running quickly.

  • Simple setup and easy installation. No feeding pump is required!
  • Up-flow design prevents clogging and improves water circulation.
  • Thumbscrews allow for easy lid removal. Easy to clean and service!
  • Use any calcium reactor media you desire with the Nano Star.
  • Overall height: 12 (not including hoses)
  • Pump: Italian-made SICCE Syncra Silent 0.5
  • Reaction tube diameter: 4
  • Chamber capacity: 1 L
  • Footprint: 7.5 x 7.0
  • Capacity: Up to 75 Gallons
*Calcium reactor media and CO2 system sold separately.*Hang-on use ONLY!
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AquaMaxx Star Calcium Reactor Reviews

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Could improve on design Product Review by TRAV (Posted on 3/6/14)
Below Average

Comments: I have had this reactor hooked up for about 8 months. The problem with the design is there is no bleed valve to extract the extra co2 in the reactor. Having too much bubbles will cause the effluent to not drip properly. Additionally having too much bubbles in the reactor makes this reactor very loud. When co2 bubbles pass through the pump it makes a loud sound. After a few months the pump starts to get very noisy. Since the pump is built into the reactor it's difficult to modify this reactor using a different pump. This is my first ca reactor so I really don't have anything to compare it with but from my experience I would not recommend this reactor.

Great Product Review by VERN (Posted on 8/14/13)

Comments: I have had a couple other calcium reactors. One got burnt up in a power surge the other one just sucked, but I got this one and wow love it. So easy to run and with a controller its a no brainer. The recycling of the excess CO2 is already cutting down on the amount I have to buy. Instruction could be better but overall awesome!

HOB for small lip only Product Review by JOSHUA RILEY (Posted on 7/3/13)

Comments: I purchased this for my 75 gal because space is tight under the tank and wanted to hang from the back of my sump. Not a chance that it will fit over the euro bracing on the sump. I may try to use a dremmel to cut notches on the bracing. I have not actually used the product because i decided to buy each piece of the Ca setup as i have the money and this was the first piece. The unit does feel well made though a little difficult to take apart and reassamble.

Very Disappointed Product Review by BRYAN (Posted on 6/2/13)

Comments: It has a good design and looks nice, but is built like a piece of junk. The external small clear tube coming from the pump to the bottom of the unit was not solidly glued to the main cyllinder, resulting in leaking when I tried to set it up. This should be a solid PVC piece, not some cheap ABS thin piece of plastic.

It is also extremely difficult to hook up the pump. The instructions are terrible and do not tell you all the other parts of the pump that need to be screwed in, PFTE taped ETC. Not only was it leaking from the bad lower glue joint, but two parts around the pump. These have rubber gaskets but don't seem to be doing the job on their own, so I will try adding PFTE tape. I may be able to fix these problems with some PFTE tape and Weld-On 16, but I definitely wouldn't recommend these reactors to others.

Hidden Gem Product Review by STEVE WHITMAN (Posted on 2/15/13)

Comments: This little thing is just what the doctor ordered.Pretty much set and forget since I'm using a pH controller. The build is polished, sturdy and compact. I could use it in sump but chose to hang it so I could keep the space in sump. No sound from the sicce pump at all and energy efficient. Only things I would suggest is for aquamaxx to include a check valve and a needle valve instead of the micro valve. The TLF micro valve works fine but IME they become inconsistent over time and become finecky.
Holds my alk @ 3.21 meq/l (9dkh) and Ca at 460.

happy buyer here!