I don't run a canister, so the reactor was independent of filtration. I debated between trying a stronger return pump, but I did not want to commit more money. The diffuser is getting the job done and frankly, I like the look. Maybe its because it gives me an ADA feel haha. Amano is the reason I am trying the high tech side.
I'm doing weekly water changes anyway, so it's not really much extra work to pop off the diffuser and replace it with a clean one.