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Preview:Vertex Aquaristik’s fluidized bed filter Rx-U 2.5

Vertex Aquaristik has recently updated its fluidized bed filter, now on the market in a new updated version, the Rx-U 2.5, which we managed to get in test preview.

The filter construction is outstanding. Completely built in acrylic with PVC white and red outline, which gives him the usual and popular color.… More:

Our in-depth review of the fluidized bed reactor LGMAquari FB2

We had for testing the new fluidized bed reactor LGMAquari FB2 by the manufacturer since January. After about seven months of use in the aquarium we hare here to write our in depth review.


Skimmer Elos PS2000: our in-depth review

The PS2000 is the new Elos skimmer dedicated to oversized marine aquariums, over 500 liters or smaller, but filled with fish and SPS corals.

  After more than six months of extensive testing we are ready to tell you about it extensively.… More:

Interzoo 2012: Genesis, Deltec, D-D The Aquarium Solution and Sander

Upon entering Interzoo we headed towards the pavilion that brought together the largest number of aquarists stands. Upon entering hall 4A, we hit the amazing booth of Genesis.

Apart from the beautiful aquarium circular we saw, we hit the brand new filter EVO3 Titanium. Finally a great novelty in the aquarium. And after seeing him in Nuremberg, and after much reasoned over and saw how it works, and thanks to the advice of our friend Enzo, owner of one of the best marine aquarium shop in Italy Hobby Acquari, we can say that is a filter that works, and it works very well!


Breaking the Mold

 Refugiums and skimmers were once the very idea that was breaking the mold, but in the last few years they have become the mold that we all so comfortably fall into. Its when we all start falling into this standard that we should begin trying to push things a little bit further to advance the hobby, so what’s next? We need to find new ways to push the envelope and create new ways of making our tank inhabitants even happier. Several thoughts have been swimming around in my head lately for new types of filtration. The first of these has long been on my list of things to try but hasn’t quite made it into reality yet. The idea behind refugiums was always to use natural means to export nutrients, so why not try a natural means of protein skimming? The beaches are the protein skimmers in nature, so it would make sense to me to recreate one. As the water foams up on the sand, surface tension causes the same effect that removes the proteins from the water. These nutrients are then available to organisms on land. This effect may be achievable with the wavemakers around today and a tank with a sand slope. Interesting tide pool creatures could also be easily kept in this type of tank. Refugiums have also become comfortable rather than innovative, and with this one I decided to try something new. Rather than using macroalgae to export nitrogen from my reef, I decided to try employing some corals that are known to suck them out of the water and some animals meant for filter feeding as mechanical filtration. When I converted my refugium, I had a nasty case of green hair algae, and my macro-filled refugium wasn’t helping. Since installing the new system, I’ve noticed the hair algae starting to bleach and die. While this could be a product of many other factors, I certainly can’t deny the strong possibility that the new refugium should be credited. This hobby has done nothing but break new ground since it started, and we will stop discovering new things and new animals that can be kept in captivity if we don’t keep moving forward. I urge all hobbiests to continue breaking the mold and pushing the limits. If you have an idea, don’t be afraid to try it, and be sure to share your successes to keep us all on track.… More: is the world's leading destination for sustainable coral reef farming and the aquarium hobby. We offer a free open forum and reef related news and data to better educate aquarists and further our goals of sustainable reef management.