New, extra slim Mini Bubble King 160 VS12 skimmer

The new, extra slim Royal Exclusiv Mini Bubble King 160 VS12 protein skimmer is a good choice if you are looking for the performance of a Bubble King skimmer without sacrificing sump space. Technology advances are making us more productive…

Marine BioSystems puts a biopellet reactor inside a protein skimmer

Marine Biosystems, the company that brought us their unique new 3D printed biopellet reactor with the complete whole chamber spinning design have another innovation up their sleeve. While it is poorly illustrated in the video below, what Marine Biosystems has done…

What a Difference a (Good) Protein Skimmer Makes!

Here at Saltwater Smarts, we’re not, generally speaking, in the business of writing product reviews. But when we have positive personal experiences with products that we think can make your life easier—and are available at a reasonable cost—we want to…

Top 3 biggest annual reveals of Skimz products

As we prepare ourselves for the biennial voyage to Singapore for the Aquarama conference, we can’t help but reflect on one of Singapore’s key players in the marine aquarium manufacturing market, Skimz. Every year, whether leading up to Aquarama in odd…

First Impressions of the Aquamaxx ConeS Series Skimmers

Remember when an affordable skimmer meant an ugly piece of extruded acrylic paired with a pump that acted as both a heater and unsoothing noise machine? We remember. It used to be that the only way to retire the droning…

Pacific Sun announces CruX IS-200 and CruX IS-400 internal protein skimmers

Pacific Sun released information on its latest gadgets, the CruX IS-200 and CruX IS-400 DC internal protein skimmer. The new skimmers are made from clear and red acrylic with white and red accessories to give it a cohesive look. The CruX…

Marine Aquarium Terminology: “Nutrient Export” Defined

Among the myriad mysterious terms that might give neophyte marine aquarists a migraine (okay, I’ll stop with the gratuitous alliteration now) is “nutrient export.” What does this term mean? Is it just a fancy way of saying “filtration”? Well, not…

JNS’s new larger ConeS Q and CO5 Protein Skimmer

JNS has released two new large protein skimmers this year, the ConeS Q and the CO-5, both of which leverage the turbulence-reducing bubble plate and their distinctive mini-cones. Both of the new JNS skimmers are some of the larger models JNS…

Bubble King Deluxe skimmer gets upgraded for its 10 year anniversary

Royal Exclusiv has been the bleeding edge of technology, design, and craftsmanship of high end protein skimmers for a long time now, with the Bubble Kind Deluxe line being the flagship protein skimmer for the line. For ten years the Bubble…

2014 Alpha Cone 250 review, still one of the best workhorse skimmers in the U.S.

At the height of the beginning of the cone protein skimmer craze, the Vertex Aquaristik Alpha Cone skimmer was one of the most high profile releases in the genre. ATB definitely was the first company to introduce American reefers to…