HLLE and the Activated Carbon Connection

Many different factors have been considered as possible causes of the disease known as Head and Lateral Line Erosion (HLLE)—a condition that typically causes disfiguring tissue erosion on the head and along the sensory lateral line of certain marine fishes.…

A trip down memory lane of needle wheel impellers

Of all the specialized equipment we use on our reef tanks, we dare say none are as aquarium-specific as the needle wheel impellers that drive most of our protein skimmers. The design of the needle wheel impeller has been through…

Do protein skimmer neck cleaners really work?

Back when protein skimmer neck cleaners were little more than overpriced novelties, we had serious doubt about their actual efficacy in a real world situation. Just over three years ago a much smaller breed of simple and affordable protein skimmer…

Reefgreentech debuts intriguing impeller on new double cone skimmer

Reefgreentech, an online store in France, has released a new double cone skimmer that features an intriguing impeller design. Although the double cone skimmer is nothing new, the R200DC is a DC-powered double cone skimmer with a unique approach to chopping…

Clearing the Air on Ozone: Part 2

In the first installment of this series, we examined the confirmable uses of ozone gas in the home aquarium. We saw ozone having a positive effect on the nitrogen cycle and doing a great job creating ultra-clear water conditions by…

JBJ releasing new SK-45 protein skimmer

The new JBJ SK-45 protein skimmer is a nan0-sized skimmer designed for use in smaller aquariums up to 45 gallons. Considering JBJ also makes one of the more popular all-in-one systems, the SK-45 nano skimmer is ideal for use in…

New Cad Lights PLS-50 Elite protein skimmer improves on pipeless design

The new Cad Lights PLS-50 Elite pipeless protein skimmer is an improved version of the already cutting edge design the team has been working on the past few months. The new Cad Lights PLS-50 have made it even stronger, more consistent and…

Tunze’s smallest skimmer, the DOC 9001, set for release “any day now”

We get excited about the products we see at shows like Interzoo but more often than not, it is a while before we start seeing many of these products in the marketplace. With that said the new Tunze Comline DOC…

Vertex Omega 180i and 200i places powerful pumps inside proven skimmer design

The Omega-I line of internal skimmers was just unveiled at InterZoo in Germany and we’ve got the low-down on what these new protein skimmer models are all about. The first two models of the Omega-I that were announced are the…

The Many Means of Nutrient Export in Marine Aquariums

Dissolved nutrients. Sounds like a good thing, right? After all, every organism needs nutrients in one form or another in order to grow and stay in good health. So why are marine aquarium hobbyists—particularly reefkeepers—seemingly so fixated on keeping the…