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Reviewing Roa: An intimate look at this handsome genus


Roa excelsa. The pinnacle of butterflyfish perfection.

 Nestled within the family Chaetodontidae is a complex of butterflyfish with a particular proclivity for deep reefs in the mesophotic twilight zone. They share a pattern of alternating broad brown and white bands, and possess a distinctive ocellus on the posterior soft dorsal fin. In stark contrast to most other shallow water representatives, this retiring and reclusive group receives little attention, owing to their penchant for the dreary depths. Specimens are most often seen as bycatch from commercial trawler fisheries, where they are regarded as trash species of no commercial value. With careful elucidation, however, the intriguing beauty of this group becomes evidently apparent, and in the recent decade, has garnered much attention from butterfly “a-fish-cionados”. These banded beauties are members of the genus Roa, and in this article, we explore the intricacies that besiege this group.… More:

Rossmont Mover MX 15200

2015_03_mover, mx 15200, rossmont_07 This beauty is the Rossmont Mover MX 15200. It is not an electronic pump; it has a fixed flow of 15.200 liters per hour, and a power consumption of only 24 watts. This pump was designed and manufactured entirely in Italy, and Rossmont has extended its warranty in Italy on the pumps to 36 months, one year more than the warranty period required by law.… More:

Ultrareef UCS 120 – In Depth Review

2014_05_reattore_di_calcio_ultrareef_ucs120_002I’m here today to tell you about the UltraReef UCS 120 Calcium Reactor, recommended for tanks up to 130 gallons, and tested on my 100 gallon reef tank. The reactor is equipped with a solid pump, the Sicce Syncra 1.5, which I tested in the past and found to be a great product (the review).… More:

Sicce Syncra Nano: In Depth Review

Sicce Syncra Nano
 first presented the small Sicce Syncra Nano at the end of last year, and we are here today to present our review of this interesting, tiny product.… More:

Our in-depth review of the Seneye Reef System

The Seneye system is a new control system just introduced on the market that stands out for being extremely cheap. We just tried the Seneye Reef which will be discussed in this review.

After quoting the price we have to start from it to understand how this system can be cheap. Seneye Reef is sold to the public at 133 € (albeit in Italy). But now let’s start our complete review.


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:

Teco E-Chill: our complete review

The Teco-Chill is a complete system to lower the temperature in aquarium, developed by italian company Teco, and on the market since last summer. We have had a world premiere, we made a video explaining the installation and use, and after a whole summer full of tests and trials we are here for a complete and in depth review.

The Teco gave me the version with 2 fans that think the more balanced and less invasive for an aquarium like mine measuring 130x60x50(h) cm.

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