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CoralVue Refreshes Website, Adds Part Store and Store Locator

We caught word over the weekend that CoralVue, the Louisiana based home of Reef Octopus, Maxspect, Flipper, and Elos products, is getting a nice refresh to their website. The aquarium equipment wholesaler snuck in the updates pretty quietly, but it’s not just the shiny new look that we’re excited about. For the first time, CoralVue is offering a parts section, and yes, it is open to the general public. Now, customers can order replacement parts for their Maxspect lights or Reef Octopus protein skimmers straight from the distributor, saving a lot of time and headache trying to track all those pieces down. In addition to the parts area, there’s also a new store locator that will allow potential customers the opportunity to find their nearest authorized retailer. Some of the new site’s features aren’t 100% functional (most notably the parts store), but it should be up and running soon enough.

ATB Mini Mikro Takes Us Back to the Good Old Days of Air Stone Skimmers

 Protein skimmers have evolved drastically over the past few decades, with manufacturers trying all sorts of tricks to boost energy efficiency and performance. Unfortunately, however, these manufacturers have, by and large, abandoned many of the old tried and true technologies in their constant battle to win over fickle aquarium hobbyists who are always looking for something new. One such technology, the use of wooden air stones, has been cast to the wayside in favor of venturi style water pumps with needle wheel impellers. While the needle wheel based skimmers offer less maintenance and fewer consumable parts than an air stone driven skimmer, the air stone skimmers still perform so well, especially on smaller systems. Fortunately for air stone fanatics, this style of skimmer has made a little bit of a comeback as of late, and they’re getting a new addition to the family with the help of ATB, who recently introduced their Mini Mikro cone skimmer. The best part about the Mini Mikro is that it blends old school technology with new. It uses a pair of beefy wooden air stones that sit beneath a modern day skimmer. The Mini Mikro has the standard issue cone shape and bubble diffusing plate, and if it weren’t for the stones, the skimmer wouldn’t look any different than any other modern day skimmer. This combination of modern and retro makes for a formidable device, as can be seen by the videos posted below. Read MoreMore:

Royal Exclusiv Releases New Dreambox Media Filter Early for the Holidays

 Just in time for the holidays, Royal Exclusiv is releasing their brand spanking new Dreambox Media Filter lineup. Originally slated for a 2013 release, these sharp looking media filters are available in three different models and fit very nicely into the scheme of the new Dreambox sumps, though they could be used in other setups as well. In following the same design cues of every other product from the German aquarium equipment manufacturer, these new media filters sport a red and white color scheme, as well as similarly designed accessories like a media plate that resembles the bubble diffusers in the Royal Exclusiv protein skimmers. And not wanting to just create a new reactor with the same old flow pattern, these new Dreambox media filters operate a tad bit differently. Instead of injecting water into the top of the reactor and forcing it downward through a tube to be flow back upward through the media, water is pumped straight into bottom of the Dreambox Media Filter. It flows upward through the media, then  back down the central tube and out of the bottom of the reactor. It’s a simpler path for the water to travel when compared to the more traditional reactors, though this design basically forces it to be used in-sump. We assume the outlet can be plumbed to allow the filter to be run externally, but that’s just an assumption on our end.  Read MoreMore: 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.