CPR Aquatic’s First-AID is going to be a multipurpose utility to help with acclimation, isolation and dosing in your tank. A fun play on what it does with acronym in the name (Acclimation, Isolation and Dosing), CPR took the approach of keeping it all inside the tank. Utilizing a screw-on acrylic bracket, the beta unit we saw here at MACNA slips in and allows you to perform a variety of functions. More deets and pictures after the break.
As far as acclimation goes, open the valve slightly on the bottom and slip it into the bracket. Water pressure from the weight of the unit will slowly fill the container with water giving you a way to acclimate livestock into an existing system. While you may not want to take this approach if you are feeling sketchy about where the water is coming from or if your LFS has coppered their system but from acclimating a specimen from one of your own tanks or a friends trusted tank, this is a really nice and simple way to do it without having to break out the bucket and drip tubes. Once the water reaches near the top of the vessel, just remove and drain out the water without any getting introduced back into your system.
The box makes a great isolation box for introducing new specimens for social introduction. The First-AID will come with a small circulation pump that will allow you to get a good flow of water into the container allowing for longer isolation periods. How about a dosing vessel? Tack the bracket on your sump and fill with your favorite additive, set the drip rate on the valve and let it do all the work.
The main unit probably holds a quart or two (a liter or two for our international readers) of water when at capacity and if that isn’t big enough for you, CPR is also going to offer a larger version with a capacity probably around a 1/2 gallon or more that will be hand built. Both units should come with a pump.
The more we’ve seen this, the more uses we can think of both inside the tank as intended and using it externally as well. What you get with most CPR products is a quality product and a decent price that just performs. The smaller First-AID should be out in the next few months and the company is targeting the $50-60 price range with the larger version probably running around $80-90.
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