The Bubble Blaster pump for the Super Reef Octopus is a beefy needle wheel powered air injecting machine. Rated at 1200-1500 lph of air while using only 40 watts, the Bubble Blaster has a motor block similar to a laguna pond pump and the curious feature of having a clear volute. The volute is the part of the water pump that is between the inlet and outlet of the water pump, where the impeller spins, and in the case of the Bubble Blaster there is a clear view of what the needle wheel impeller is doing. We first introduced this pump as part of the Super Reef Octopus cone protein skimmer but this pump has just arrived on it’s own red carpet: Premium Aquatics has the Bubble Blaster HY-3000 needle wheel pump available for just over $200, and with some pretty respectable specs, this pump delivers performance that is almost on par with a Red Dragon Mini, but at a greatly reduced price. Wonder how many Mini Bubble King owners are rushing to replace their RDM, probably not too many unless they are really excited about that clear volute. For more information about the Bubble Blaster check out this video of the pump in action.
Jake Adams has been an avid marine aquarist since the mid 90s and has worked in the retail side of the marine aquarium trade for more than ten years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and has been the managing editor of ReefBuilders.com since 2008. Jake is interested in every facet of the marine aquarium hobby from the concepts to the technology, rare fish to exotic corals, and his interests are well documented through a very prolific career of speaking to reef clubs and marine aquarium events, and writing articles for aquarium publications across the globe. His primary interest is in corals which Jake pursues in the aquarium hobby as well as diving the coral reefs of the world.