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FishChannel contributing author David A. Lass takes a hands on approach to the latest products for the freshwater, saltwater, and reefkeeping enthusiast.

Every product in FishChannel’s product review section has been tested by noted Aquarium Fish International magazine columnist David Lass. From LED lighting systems and canister filters to heaters, nano aquariums and beyond, all freshwater and saltwater aquarium and reef enthusiasts will want to know what David’s tests revealed.

 


 Aquatic Life, LLC Internal Mini Protein Skimmer 115

Aquatic Life Protein Skimmer

The Claims
AquaticLife claims that their Internal Mini Protein Skimmer will effectively remove organics from marine aquariums up to 30 gallons, and that it will do so quietly and without taking up much aquarium space.

The Tests
I tested the AquaticLife Mini Skimmer on a 29-gallon aquarium that had my seasoned veteran group of aquarium-raised common clownfish, gobies and an orchid dottyback that have been the test subjects in a number of reviews I have done for this column. More>> 

 


Aquatic Life, LLC 100 GPD Deluxe RO Filter

Aquatic Life Reverse Osmosis filter

Claims
Aquatic Life claims that this RO filter will remove harmful substances, such as heavy metal ions and total dissolved solids, from tap water.

Tests
The Aquatic Life RO unit was easy to install, and I had it up and running in a few minutes. I took readings for total alkalinity and total hard-ness using test strips on the tap water and then on the reverse osmosis product water. More>>

 


 Aquatop Digital Heater Review

 


Aquatop heater

The Claims
Aquatop claims that the heater is easy to use and will maintain the aquarium temperature accurately.

The Test
I tested a 300-watt Aquatop Digital Heater on a 50-gallon planted tank. Over a few weeks, I raised the water temperature by 2 degrees every other day and then lowered it 2 degrees, going from 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit and back down. More>>

 


Archer USA Instant Reef Coral Reef Insert Review

Archer Instant Reef review

The Claims
Archer USA claims that the Instant Reef Coral Reef Insert, which is manufactured from high-quality resin, is safe for all aquarium situations. They say that the product looks realistic and that it is accepted immediately by all saltwater fish as if it were a natural part of their environment.

The Test
In order to test the Instant Reef Coral Reef Insert, I set up a new 50-gallon marine aquarium. More>> 

 


EverCleanAqua EverClean Filter

EverClean Filter

The Claims
EverCleanAqua claims that its EverClean Filter is different from typical undergravel filters, in that it does not allow for any buildup of detritus either in the substrate or under the filter plate since water is pumped in and drawn out of that space. Using the EverClean Filter will result in a clean aquarium that is biologically balanced.

The Test
I installed the EverClean Filter on a new 50-gallon marine aquarium. In addition to marine substrate, I added live rock, and ran a protein skimmer and LED lighting. More>>

 


Fish Heads Inc. Real Reef

Fish Heads Real Reef

The Claims
Fish Heads Inc. claims that Real Reef works the same as live rock taken from the wild. It is free of any unwanted hitchhikers in the way of Aiptasia, worms, etc. They also claim that Real Reef has excellent buffering capacity and that it is seeded on its outside with purple coralline algae and inside with bacteria for the nitrogen cycle.

The Test
I set up a new 50-gallon marine reef aquarium and a new 65-gallon FOWLR (fish only with live rock) aquarium. Both aquariums had some sand from an existing marine aquarium, some old rock pieces that had been in a freshwater aquarium and Fish Heads Inc.'s Real Reef. More>>

 


AquaticLife Press-Fit 0.25-Inch Tubing Parts Kit

AquaticLife Press-Fit 0.25-Inch Tubing Parts Kit

The uses for the 0.25-inch Parts Kit are primarily for routing any kind of liquid from a single source to a tank; the most common uses are for reverse osmosis (RO) water or any kind of dosing system for a marine tank. More>>

 


 

 Aquatop CF-500UV Canister Filter with UV

Canister filter

The Claims
Aquatop claims that the CF-500UV Canister Filter filters 525 gallons per hour and that it can be used for aquariums ranging from 70 to 100 gallons.

The Test
I tested the CF-500UV on a 300-gallon planted tank that hadn't really been cleaned in a while. It had a great deal of mulm on the substrate, and in the sump, and the filter bags on the return were also dirty. More>>

 


AquaticLife Submersible Pumps

Aquatic life pump

The Claims
AquaticLife claims that its new pumps are designed for use in a sump and that the intake, power cord placement and output pipe make it easier to use in that application.

The Tests
I tested two of the new AquaticLife pumps in two applications, with 976 gph at zero head and 710 gph at 6 feet of head (meaning that the pump has the capacity to pump the water 6 feet up). More>>

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Manufacturers with products they would like reviewed may send an inquiry to David at FishChannel.com/Contact. 

 

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