The Unscripted Aquarium is a very interesting device which has some very significant potential for use in aquarium husbandry. Our first hurdle regarding the Unscripted Aquarium is a communication challenge since the company has basically a nonexistent marketing department or copywriting team.
With such a dearth of information surrounding the product it took us an inordinate amount of time to figure out what it is and how it works. But after several email exchanges and installing the UA on one of our aquariums, we’ve finally got a much better handle on what this doohickey is supposed to be.
The Unscripted Aquarium website, through no fault of their own, does seem to convey messaging that the device itself is some kind of panacea for curing all manner of aquarium problems by simply solving water ‘cloudiness’. It really had us scratching our heads at what benefits could be reaped from using a device like the UA on aquariums that are already clear, healthy and otherwise successful.
But it took a small bacterial bloom on one of our tanks to really see the potential use for the function that the Unscripted Aquarium device provides. Despite having very thorough filtration in the form of a sump, automatic filter roll, and massive multi-stage canister filter this new aquarium decided to develop a small bloom of cloudy water, as many new aquariums are prone to do.
We didn’t see how the Unscripted Aquarium could assist in such a thoroughly filtered aquarium but it only took a day to notice that once fired on and while changing nothing else, the filter material on our ClariSea filter roll was immediately darker. This discrete change bolstered the statements made by the company in that the UA Device increases the static of free floating particles in the water, kind of like static electricity but in an aqueous solution.
Once we saw that the Unscripted Aquarium could do in a freshwater aquarium that was already using ‘supreme’ mechanical filtration we recognized the potential benefit of having particles in the aquarium water being more ‘sticky’ to filter fleece, sponges and poly filter, as well as protein skimmers. We’re probably asking a lot out of a single Unscripted Aquarium to improve the water clarity on around 150 gallons of water but hopefully we gave it leg up by installing the HOB style device right on the overflow box leading straight to all the filtration elements.
Now that we’ve seen some tangible results on a very large freshwater tank we’re curious to try out the device on a smaller saltwater tank and see what changes we can see to overall clarity. We’re particularly keen to observe how the UA improves mechanical filtration by the filter roll, and especially if the skimmate of the protein skimmer is affected in any way.
At around a hundred dollars a piece we’re not advocating that everyone should rush out and buy one, but if you have an aquarium with water clarity that leaves something to be desired, or a heavy fish population that is constantly kicking up particles into the water column, the Unscripted Aquarium might get you one step closer to achieving crystal clear water and all the benefits that come with it. [UA Clear]