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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″

New Dreambox Heating Holder from Royal Exclusiv

Aquarium heaters are both a loved and loathed piece of equipment. On the one hand, they help regulate the water temperature, which is especially important during the winter months. On the other hand, heaters have been known to fail and some have even melted sumps and other nearby gear. To answer at least a one of those concerns, Royal Exclusiv has developed a simple Heating Holder to keep your aquarium heater from contacting nearby equipment and melting a hole in your sump. The key to this product is simplicity. The Heating Holder is made from CNC milled PVC, and from the looks of it, it’s a pretty beefy disk. It holds the heater upright and sitting in one place, preventing it from touching the sump or other gear. The socket that holds the heater measures 100mm x 30mm tall. The Heating Holder has a retail price just over 47 EUR, putting it somewhere north of $60. Please note that the heaters are sold separately. I’ve personally burned a spot into the side of a sump before, so there’s no doubt that I’m excited about this simple product.

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.