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Bubble Magus Adds Power Skimmer to Their Growing Offering of DC Powered Products

3c15Bubble Magus C2 Controller Bubble Magus Adds Power Skimmer to Their Growing Offering of DC Powered Products Bubble Magus is really stepping up their game as the end of the year draws closer. In addition to the DC powered Wave Pumps, which we spoke about yesterday, they also have a set of brand new DC controllable skimmer pumps and return pumps for those hobbyists in need of a bit more control. Info and images on the return pumps have yet to surface, they promise them shortly, so for now we’ll just focus on the new DC skimmers. Announced by Sea Side Aquatics, the skimmer pumps will come in two models. The largest of which, the S50, draws 45W while cranking out a peak air intake of 1500 liters per hour. The junior model, called the S20, draws only about 20watts and has an air intake of 900 LPH. MORE: Bubble Magus Adds Power Skimmer to Their Growing Offering of DC Powered ProductsMore:

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Bubble King Debuts Double Cone 150 Protein Skimmer

3dccRoyal Exclusiv Bubble King Double Cone 150 Bubble King Debuts Double Cone 150 Protein Skimmer A couple of years ago, Royal Exclusiv released a beautiful line of double cone protein skimmers that provided a whole new type of cone shape to their Bubble King brand. Instead of the straight cone or a cylinder topped with a hideous conical transition into the neck, the double cone introduced a wine glass shape whose gentle curves not only looked great, but also provided for better movement of the bubbles through the skimmer. At the time of their introduction, the Bubble King Double Cone skimmers were aimed at the larger tank crowd, with the smallest model being rated for 500 liters (approximately 131 gallons). To address tanks under the 100 gallon mark, Royal Exclusiv has just introduced their Double Cone 150, which is rated for tanks up to 350 liters (around 92 gallons). The Bubble King Double Cone 150 sports a Mini Red Dragon 600 needlewheel pump that draws 625 lph air and 800 lph water. Those numbers are adjustable, as the volute on the pump’s intake can be rotated in or out to dial in the desired performance. The body has a footprint of roughly 7.7″ x 9.6″ (without the pump) and an overall height of 19.7″ MORE: Bubble King Debuts Double Cone 150 Protein SkimmerMore:

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Reef Octopus Reinvents the Classic 110 Space Saver Protein Skimmer

227cOctopusClassic 110 Space Saver Protein Skimmer Reef Octopus Reinvents the Classic 110 Space Saver Protein Skimmer Reef Octopus is reinventing a classic. The aquarium equipment manufacturer is introducing a fresh new look to one of their longest standing products, the NWB-110 protein skimmer. This time they are reverting back to the traditional cylindrical shape and are offering it in the always popular space saving format. Interestingly, they are ditching the cone style that’s been popular for many years, but are loading up the features to keep pace with the rest of the current trends. The tiny skimmer has a footprint of just 6.1″ x 7.87″ with a tank rating of approximately 100-gallons. It features a brand new Aquatrance pinwheel skimmer pump sandwiched in between a bubble plate and removable base plate. Part of the new design is a vented wedge valve output that lets the water escape the skimmer below the water line of the sump, reducing bubbles and splashing. For those seeking a little more firepower, Reef Octopus also has a larger NWB-150SSS model. Specs: Tank Rating: 100 gallon on light load, 80 gallon on medium load, and 60 gallon on heavy load Body Size: 5″ Footprint: 6.1″ x 7.87″ Neck Size: ″ Total Height: 19″ Output Size: 1.25” Note: Recommended Sump Water Depth: 7-8″ Pump Information: Aquatrance 1000s Pinwheel Pump Wattage: 9w Air Draw: 420 lph / 15 SCFH* Water Draw: 350 lph / 92 GPH* *Air and water results will vary depending on aquarium setup Warranty – 2 year warranty on pump/1 year on rotor and 1 year on skimmer body MORE: Reef Octopus Reinvents the Classic 110 Space Saver Protein SkimmerMore:

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Reef Octopus Auto Time Delay Keeps Skimmers Running Smoothly After Power Outages

b812Reef Octopus Protein Skimmer Auto Time Delay1 Reef Octopus Auto Time Delay Keeps Skimmers Running Smoothly After Power Outages We’ve all experienced power outages and blips in service, so we can all related to just how much of a problem they create for our aquariums. Lights power off, protein skimmers stop functioning, and water pumps go into a clicking frenzy once power has been restored. Protein skimmers can be particularly troublesome after a power outage, as they have a tendency to overflow and dump all of their contents back into the aquarium. Fortunately for these situations, Reef Octopus has a very helpful new product. When the power goes out, return pumps obviously quit pushing water into the display tank, often flooding the sump with a significant amount of water. If the protein skimmer were to fire up right away, it would operate in a water depth that falls way outside the manufacturer’s suggested depth, which will likely cause the skimmer to behave erratically and overflow. MORE: Reef Octopus Auto Time Delay Keeps Skimmers Running Smoothly After Power OutagesMore:

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Unboxing the Vertex Aquaristik Vectra Protein Skimmer Cleaner

c0c9Vertex Vectra and Vectra Lid Unboxing the Vertex Aquaristik Vectra Protein Skimmer Cleaner One of the many goodies we got from Vertex a few weeks ago was a Vectra and Vectra Lid to go with our Omega 150 protein skimmer. This device is one of the many accessories designed to make the day-to-day life of the average hobbyists a bit easier, as it is designed to keep the neck of the skimmer clean so that it can operate at maximum efficiency for as long as possible. It does this by rotating a silicone blade on the inside of the neck and collection cup, knocking significant amounts of crud that has built up in the skimmer. So how do we like the Vectra from Vertex Aquaristik? Well, if our unboxing is any indication of how things will go during our long term tests, then we expect it to be a solid performer. The Vectra is well built, with extra care given to protect all of the sensitive electronic components to keep them high and dry. MORE: Unboxing the Vertex Aquaristik Vectra Protein Skimmer CleanerMore:

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Mr. Saltwater Tank’s Coverage of MACNA 2013 Part 2

Part 2 of my MACNA 2013 coverage continues with interviews from Neptune Systems, My Reef Creations, Hydor, CAD lights, Ecoxotic, and Current USA. Oh, make sure you catch the outtakes. Note: For the best viewing experience, watch the show in 1080!  MORE: Mr. Saltwater Tank’s Coverage of MACNA 2013 Part 2More:

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Orphek Helix 3000 Skimmer- Available NOW

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Orphek Helix 3000 Skimmer – image courtesy Orphek From the Orphek Newsletter – “Orphek’s newest addition, the HELIX 3000 skimmer is now available for shipping. With it’s included controllable DC pump, small footprint and attractive pricing this skimmer is sure to be one of the hottest on the market.” New product information from the Helix 3000 web page: “The Helix design vastly improves contact time in the reaction chamber while producing an enormous amount of very small micro bubbles.  The increased amount of micro bubbles results in more waste being collected per hour than any other conventional protein skimmer on the market. This results in less space used in the sump as large bulky skimmers are not required. The high rpm controllable DC pump with an improved needle wheel moves large volumes of bubble enriched water into the reaction chamber.This creates a high speed cylindrical water motion which increases contact time in the reaction chamber.” Orphek’s controllable DC pump for the Helix 3000 Protein Skimmer – Image courtesy Orphek The helix disc creates a 360 degree turbulent flow of water in the enclosed reaction chamber.  The flow exits the helix in a spiral like fashion which creates a spinning motion thereby increasing contact time with the waste. From the reaction chamber, the waste laden bubbles rise into the cone shaped body and up into the collection cup. Needle Wheel pump and Helix Disc for the new Orphek Helix 3000 Protein Skimmer – image courtesy Orphek. The cone shaped design proportionately concentrates the froth into a smaller area to increase the efficiency of transporting the waste into the collection cup.  The white base, pump and trim dictate the same purity as the water it produces. Visit the Orphek Website for more information and technical specifications on the Helix 3000 Protein Skimmer. MORE: Orphek Helix 3000 Skimmer- Available NOWMore:

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Why Dose Vodka?

The majority of us know at least one fellow reefer who swears by dosing his/her reef aquarium with vodka. This seemingly counterintuitive act is often believed to have beneficial effects on the overall health and appearance of one’s reef aquarium. But how is this possible? Why vodka?   Vodka differs in composition from other spirits such as gin and whiskey. Vodka is composed almost purely of ethanol and water, while other spirits are composed of ethanol, water, and potentially non-reef-friendly ingredients that are used to enhance flavor. Now that we understand why vodka is the spirit of choice, let’s discuss how ethanol – its “active ingredient” is believed to assist our beloved reef aquariums.   The addition of carbon-rich ethanol is widely believed to promote an increase in bacterial biomass. This increase in bacterial biomass results in the uptake of phosphates and nitrates from the aquarium’s water, yielding benefits that we are all too familiar with. The aforementioned increase in bacterial biomass necessitates the use of a protein skimmer, which may remove some of the bacteria and its byproducts. Many aquarists gauge the success of their vodka dosing by observing an increase in the output of their protein skimmer.… More:

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