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The new silent NYOS skimmer!

4 Feb

What should we write about a skimmer, which we don’t longer hear after istalling and which little by little disappears from the perception?

Well, since now half a year, I have the new QUANTUM 160 skimmer of the german company NYOS operating in my sump. I started the tank years ago with the previous model, the NYOS Pyro True Cone 180 skimmer, with whom I was mostly satisfied.

First have a look at the promotional video of the manufacturer:

In fact the design of hardware which is located in the cabinet is actually secondary. Nevertheless the NYOS Quantum skimmer is extremely elegant designed. While the previous series was relabled of the company Skimz and was only distributed by NYOS in Europe, this brandnew model is completely developed by NYOS in Germany itself. The look & feel of the skimmer is amazing, the material is very massive. The so-called “Clear-View-Reactor” is not just a marketing argument. A brief explanation: The reactor chamber which includes the pump with the needle wheel is made of transparent plastic. This allows to watch the slice and bubbles directly in the skimmer and you can recognize contaminents immediately.


The setting of the skimmer for wet or dry skimming that I control via the water level in the skimmer is solved simply and excellent (it was very difficult with the previeous version because even the slightest movements of the wheel caused overfoaming ). Now you have to turn the wheel a few times to change the water level in the skimmer significant. This is really very good! The air is always fully open to keep the foam performance to maximum.

On the website NYOS promises four main features which I try to evaluate with my now 6 month experience:
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Hands-On: Reeflink – EcoTech Marine’s next big success? (UPDATE! iPhone App)

1 Oct

There were some rumors – now it’s coming soon. On the MACNA the U.S. firm EcoTech Marine presents its new product Reeflink. Reeflink is an aquarium computer that links the Ecotech products. Here’s finally our first hands-on review!

What is Reeflink?

In pioneering way EcoTech Marine finally closes the communication gap between Vortech pumps, the Radion LED lamps, the web-based management tool Ecosmart Live and mobile devices. Reeflink provides online and wireless full control and configuration of the pumps and lights. Whether from a smartphone, tablet or online from any computer in the world. So far, it was needed to connect via USB cable to the LED  for configuration or for small adjustments each time.


Hands-On: Testing Reeflink

As the first European blog we get the exclusive opportunity to install Reeflink at our tanks and test it.

Reeflink is an amazingly small, inconspicuous box. Only the known round LED from EcoTech on the top and three ports on the back are available on this device. No display, no further connection options. Why – the control works comfortably through the cloud and practically designed user-interface that will work on all devices. Due to the WiFi connection, Reeflink must not be placed in the cabinet. It only needs to be located in the coverage of the WLAN and the other ecotech devices.




Hands-On: IVS – The Portal

16 Sep

Ingenious gadget – The portal is fun and useful!
So far there are relatively few gadgets in the aquaristik branch,  because most of the products have a practical use and less a fun factor. My latest and first gadget has exactly that:  enormous fun for me and for all the guests in front of the aquarium. And even a practical use, but more on that later.


LPS & fish food in one bottle – GOLDPODS!

26 Aug


I’m using the NYOS Goldpods almost daily since around one year and have now used up almost 2 bottles. So it’s time now to put the LPS and fishfood a little more into focus.

NYOS Goldpods are a LPS & fish food in one bottle – a liquid zooplancton containing Calanus (which some of you may know as frozen food).

The Goldpods are a relatively viscous liquid – small Calanus are tied in a jelly-like mass. Over time and with increasing consumption, the mass is always less viscous, which probably has to do with the type of preservation.

At first I dosed via the included measuring cup, but I am now mixing the Golpods with some water first, before feeding them.  This makes them spread faster in the tank.

Coral food: 
I’m feeding the Goldpods about 1-2x a week to several LPS corals.


Favorable after 3 years – LED vs. T5 lightening & their costs

29 Jul

It’s been a hotly debated topic in forums, boards and also among traders since a few years: HQI vs. T5 vs. LED lightening. Due to the complexity of LED technology and the proven T5 lightening, the “safe” way of using T5 bulbs is advised again and again. Oftentimes with the note, LED would habe a negative impact on the growth of corals and it would be needed the same wattage (aroun 1W / liter) as well as with T5 lightening and therefor LED would not be profitable at current prices. They say, the costs would not be recouped with the lower power consumption.

Since I used T5 lightening with exactly the same tank set-up (around 1 1/2 years) and now LED (1/2 year), I wanted to compare the costs of both ways of lightening. My considerations assume, that the lamps are bought newly and sold after 3 years with a loss of 50% of the price.

1x ATI sunpower 8x54W dimmable vs. 3x Ecotech Radion Pro

I’m not reffering to the efficiency of the lamps in terms of coral growth, since there are many important other parameters. But as I have a similar rate of growth and colors in the comparison of both lights at the same tank setup. Also, light color, coral colors and more refer to the subjective taste, so I’m only comparing the total costs, which I measured in 24 hours.

First the ATI sunpower dimmable with the configuration I used at that time: 


How to build reef pillars with live rock – a quick guide!

1 Feb

The last year, many questions about our reef pillars reached us and that is why we want to focuse in this article on that. There are many examples on the web with excellent scapes using reef pillars.

Reef pillars have got a big advantage – they are creating a subjective depth a in natural reefs with the support of the blue background.

If you decide to scape your reef like that, we want to show you some ways to do that:
1. Reef ceramic pillars
2. Pillars made with a PVC pipe
3.Cemented reef pillar

To the first and the second bullet, we don’t want to focuse on in detail: Read more

Hands-On: The brand-new Radion XR30w PRO

5 Jan

With the start of the new year the U.S. manufacturer Ecotech Marine announced a new version of the Ecotech Radion LED: The Ecotech Radion Pro XR30w.

Since we are considering LED in the past years, and due to my Giesemann HQI, I’m thinking about some changes. So it’s time to take the new Pro version under the microscope.


  • Maximum Light power: 155W
  • 42 efficient LEDs: WHITE 8 Cree XT-E Cool White (5w), RED: 4 Osram Oslon SSL Hyper Red, 660nm (3w), YELLOW: 2 Osram Oslon SSL Yellow, 590nm (3w), GREEN: 4 Cree XP-E Green, 520nm (3w), BLUE: 8 Cree XP-E Blue, 468nm (3w), ROYAL BLUE: 8 Cree XT-E Royal Blue, 442nm (5w), INDIGO/UV: 4 SemiLEDs UV, 415nm (2.5w), ULTRAVIOLET: 4 SemiLEDs UV, 405nm (2.5w)
  • Spectrum from 405nm to 660nm
  • Wireless synchronization of lights with each other and also with Vortech pumps

Scope of supply:

  • LED
  • LED Power supply
  • Manual
  • USB Cabel for laptop / PC connection
  • No mountain kit



News from the supermarket

20 Dec

At hardware stores or  supermarkets, I’m always on the lookout for exciting gadgets that I can pracitvally use for my hobby.

One thing is the food-dispenser I have already presented.

This time I want to introduce you to the extremely practical glass scraper / ceramic scraper.

What I particularly like about this unit is the high stability, the versatility and its cheap price.

It’s particularly suitable for scraping coralline algae on the glass, which are usually very difficult to remove.

You can even pimp the scraper in which you fix your waterchanging pipe with a cable strap on it. After a holiday or a longer time without cleaning the glass, you can now easily clean the glass  and simultaneously vacuum the algaes. Water pollution can be reduced significantly.

Finally I want to recommend, as you can see in my picture, to select a plastic model that rust can attack only few parts ;-).

Food-dispenser from the supermarket

14 Dec


Actually, just a little idea that’s still from old times with Guppies.

As I didn’t want to wash my hands after feeding flakes or granulate food, I had the idea that a Smint box very well serves as a food-dispenser.

My Anthias, which are known to require frequent feedings, are fine with flakes an granulate food. Every time I’m passing my tank there is a click on the dispenser.

Do you like the idea?

Do you similiar ideas in your repertoire?


How-to: Fix corals and frags to substrates

10 Dec

An issue concerning us saltwater aquarists periodly is fixing corals into your home reef aquarium. On the one hand it always appears if I bought new corals from my dealer, but also on the production of my own coral frags.

The following options are available in the market from different companies:

– Superglue “Gel”

– two-component adhesive

– Reef Cement

It can be structured by the following uses:

* Use outside the tank for fixing frags on substrate or little rocks.

* Use underwater for fixing smaller rocks or frags onto your life rock.

* Use underwater for building natural structures like fixing table Acorpora or larger rocks.

Depending on the purpose, different methods have been proven successful – oftentimes in combination: