Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Beating the Summertime Blues with Some New Toys, Part 1

If you are anything like me, your tank takes a back seat to all the other summer time activities (mostly golf for me). My poor fish look through the algae covered glass wondering if I am ever going to clean up the tank. So I decided I was going to pick up some new equipment for my tank to help get me working on it during these dog days of summer.

The first piece of equipment I decided to pick up for my 120 gallon reef tank is a new AquaMaxx Protein Skimmer, specifically the
AM150 in-sump skimmer. I have always used AquaC EV skimmers for my tank and to this day still recommend them, but I wanted to try something new.

While unpacking the skimmer I noticed a couple of things right off the bat. First was the venturi air silencer. What a nice feature to include on a skimmer to help avoid the air/water slurping noise associated with some skimmers. The next feature I noticed were the rubber feet to help with vibration noise. I can't tell you how many times I have had to rig something up to help with vibration noise, AquaMaxx took care of this for me already!

Another unique feature I notice was instead of a ball valve or adjustable riser tube to adjust the water level within the skimmer, AquaMaxx uses a twist knob. While I haven't had the chance to try this yet, I can already see how much easier it will be to adjust the water level within the skimmer.

While these may not sound like the usual things people notice, the thought that has gone into these skimmers beyond the use of high quality pumps (like the Sedra-7000 with needlewheel impeller on the AM150) and precision cut acrylic really makes a huge difference to me.

I can't wait to get this "new toy" up and running on my tank this week. In part two I will talk about a couple more pieces of equipment I will be adding to my tank including the
Two Little Fishies Kalkreactor and AquaC RX-1 Calcium Reactor.