When we first picked up the package for AquaMedic’s Algae Tweezers, we stared at it first in confusion and then in wonderment. No doubt countless numbers of reefers have long used some kind of cockamamie scheme for simultaneously removing Derbesia or Bryopsis from live rock while sucking it out with a siphon. Toothrbush zip-tied to the siphon hose, pinching the algae off with your hands or the end of the hose and we’ve even heard of drilling a hole in a large horse brush to insert the siphon hose for one particulalry large algae removal chore. Never in our in the most wishful part of our reefing hearts would we dream that someone would ever create a product to address this very specific and undesirable task. Not only did AquaMedic get the concept for this product right, the design and build of Algae Tweezers looks pretty robust: solid hand-sized plastic is more tong-sized than tweezer size, the large gripping end has a pleated surface to make sure the thinnest and slimiest algae can be grabbed, and the built-in tube leads right up to the grippy grips. The supplied hose is equally well chosen with the right diameter not to clog while thick clumps of algae are passing through and it’s silicone instead of vinyl so it can easily be pinched by hand for manual flow control. Like the dual purpose scraper squeegee earlier this week, the Algae Tweezers address the unique needs of reef aquarium power users and aquarium service technicians. We don’t know about you guys but we like it when companies develop products that address 2% of the overall aquarium market.
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.