Hi, I have just set up my marine aquarium and have been trying some of the latest equipment. So, a chance to spread the word on some great gear now available on the market.
JBL SymecMicro Diatom Fine Filter Mat
This stuff is fantastic in giving you crystal clear water, removing any cloudiness from adding gravel or anything else. It is physical, not chemical. It comes in a long sheet. So, as I had an existing filter sock (100 micron) in the weir, I got my missus to sew the sides up, to make it into a sock, and then placed this sock into the existing sock. The result? crystal clear water in 24 hours. Amazing. Cost is around £8.
Hydor Slim Skim Compact Internal Protein Skimmer
I wanted a skimmer that is most importantly QUIET. This one is by far the quietest one I have ever tried. My tank is in the office, it has to be quiet. The skimmer is picking up some nice scum. It may not be the most efficient, but it is great for me. Peace and quiet at last. Cost is around £220.
Maxspect Gyre 50w Aquarium Flow Pump Generator Marine Reef Powerhead Wavemaker
This is expensive, and I pondered for ages before going for it and read reviews. It is by far the most flexible and powerful pump I have used. Instead of having several pumps around the tank, I just need this one. It is programmable to give constant flow, pulse flow (best for me, it is like the sea bed moving to and fro) and alternate flow. In each case you can set the pump speed and time between pauses. Amazing equipment. A powerful magnet holds it in place. Not cheap at around £250 (ouch) but fantastic internal wave maker pump.
MarinePure 1.5 inch Spheres
I use this to save cost of live rock. They are incredibly porous and house all those friendly bacteria. I then added some live rock rubble to seed it, along with some marine bacteria culture. Seems to be working really well. Cost £70 for a big box.
Eco System Miracle Mud Tray 32oz, Refugium Substrate
I wanted to have a natural system and wanted to grow lots of caulerpa prolifera to keep the water clean and help with export of waste. To give the caulerpa happy, I put a 1mm layer of Miracle Mud under the gravel. Result? The caulerpa is growing on turbo and zapping ammonia and nitrates. You can also buy it in trays to place in your refugium. Price depends on quantity from £24.
That is my pennyworth for now. I purchased them all off ebay. My tank is 8x2x2 with a weir.
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