The AquaBlade is a new aquarium algae scraper from Continuum Aquatics which bears the hallmarks of a great aquarium maintenance device. Made in the US and keeping jobs at home, Continuum Aquatics will be making the AquaBlade with a white handle to better see the algae that users are trying to remove from the tank walls.
Similarly to the original Kent Pro Scraper that we have used for over a decade, the AquaBlade will have removable blades which will come in a hardened plastic edge for acrylic tanks, and a nice stainless steel blade for making short work of tough growth on glass tanks. Using the edge of a plastic credit or savings card is fine for scraping tank walls which aren’t overly large in surface area. But when you need to scrape a big tank or if you are an aquarium service technician, having an aquarium scraper like the AquaBlade with a nice ergonomic handle is a lifesaver, especially if you have many tanks to scrape on a daily basis.
Magnetic algae scrapers can go a long way to keeping the tank walls clean but for the really tough spots of coralline algae and other encrustations, a reinforced edge with a nice handle like the AquaBlade is light years ahead of using a tenuous magnetic connection. Not to mention, unlike aquarium algae magnets there is no danger of picking up particles and accidentally scratching your tank walls, whether they are glass or acrylic. Furthermore, the AquaBlade’s replaceable blades that allow for a sustained sharpened edge will keep the scraping going smoothly. Continuum Aquatics expects to release the AquaBlade at the end of the month, with longer handled versions shortly thereafter.