ATB’s new large Elegance cone skimmer

ATB’s newest cone protein skimmer is called the Elegance and available in the “large” size. This hefty sized skimmer like some other ATB products features the cone shape going all the way up into the collection cup which should help…

Planctonite releases new Sweeper 2.0 version

Planctonite has updated their popular sweeper product to a new version, 2.0. This new version is an upgrade to the sweeper and adds additional functionality. “In this new version of Sweeper the cleaning head is magnetically driven, facilitating the cleaning/rinsing…

Fauna Marin blue line skimmer seen, available in January

Fauna Marin has new skimmers in the works, possibly named after their Blue Line of skimmers. These blue line skimmers are said to be 100% serviceable, all parts are removable for cleaning which Fauna Marin is touting as one of…

EXtreme Reef cone skimmers showcase Israeli technology advances

A new line of cone protein skimmers by start-up EXtreme Reef are making a splash in Israel and should be making their way to Europe in the near future.  The company’s founders are R&D engineers in the burgeoning Israeli hi-tech…

Saltwater Connection has two new cone skimmers coming SWC120, SWC160

The Saltwater Connection, makers of fine inexpensive protein skimmers have new models in the works. Both of these new models are cone skimmers as is the current rage within the industry. The first model SWC160 Cone has a 9″ x…

CoralVue soon releasing sporty new Hang-on protein skimmer with smaller Bubble Blaster pumps

CoralVue is teasing with images of their newest additions with two Octopus HOB protein skimmers that should be available on the market soon. The two models appear to be the LX-1000 and LX-2000 rated at 100 and 150 gallons respectively…

Commercial scale My Reef Creation skimmer gets fired up

Remember that ginormous My Reef Creation skimmer we posted back in May that made our own Jake Adams look small? The MRC team posted a video today of the beast in action. Not sure of the overall stats for this…

Slim Skim Performer new internal protein skimmer from Hydor

The Slim-Skim Performer is a new internal protein skimmer from Hydor which seems to have a little more punch than the average internal skimmer. The skimmer features magnetic suction cup mounting, multiple venturi impellers all with a low power draw…

Grey Seas Aquatics Compact 6 protein skimmer, first impressions

We brought you the newest addition to the Grey Seas Aquatics line with the affordable Compact 6 protein skimmer the other week and we want to thank Dan at GSA for sending along an evaluation unit so we can put…

Silica Dosing: reef blasphemy or another form of nutrient export?

It has been long held that silica in reef tanks is bad, very, very bad. We avoid beach and play sand like it’s poison because it is believed that silica will cause an undesirable diatom bloom: brown glass, brown gook on rock and substrates, and unhappy reefkeepers. But what if we could control this system and use it to our advantage…say, to increase nutrient export? Let’s take a look at some old data, some new data, and a controversial hypothesis: that dosing silica may increase nutrient export efficiency.