While spying out the new gear at MAX this weekend we got a second look of the Euro Reef alloy mesh wheel but the first OK to take photos of the mythical being. As you can see from the image above, the alloy mesh material Euro Reef uses to make their mesh wheel is unlike anything we’ve seen or used before in a protein skimmer. Along with the Royal-Exclusiv mesh wheel, as far as we know this is the only other mesh wheel made from metal. The unusual material looks like a foundation of metal wire which has been dipped in metallic paint so that some of the openings of the wire are actually filled in with the alloy material. The highly irregular texture and surface of the Euro Reef alloy mesh wheel appears as if it could produce highly turbulent flow patterns resulting in very small water bubbles. The production of very numerous and small bubbles in the Euro Reef Nano skimmers we have seen in operation seem to reflect this assumption. Have a look for yourself in the detailed photo gallery below.