World news outlet Aljazeera recently posted and article about super corals surviving the worlds reefs. With the ocean and climate change a real issue today some hobbyists are wondering if Reefers could be the saviors of the worlds coral reefs.
Its a proven fact that Reefers have been able to take some of the most difficult to grow corals and acclimate them to the ReefTank. This means that new corals are growing in tanks across the worlds in less than ideal conditions. These corals therefore are suited to an imperfect ecosystem that hobbyists strive to re-create.
Could growing corals in our fish tanks lead to re-planting corals in the worlds oceans so that one day future generations can enjoy them?
Its no secret that my own children may never have the opportunity to see some of the amazing species we have at the shop in their natural habitat. So many of the corals and fish that we have are collected deep in the ocean where only certified divers are able to traverse. This means that aside from Public Aquariums a reef tank is quite possibly the only place people would ever be able to see some of these corals.
I have never truly been to a public aquarium where they had a comprehensive array of corals readily available or in good health. As a matter of fact guests to my own home frequently remark that although they have visited many aquariums around the country none quite had the impact of my 350 Gallon display with wall to wall SPS and LPS corals.
Check out the Aljazeera article to take a look how these super corals might one day save the reef. While your at it, consider sharing your aquarium with others that may never have the opportunity to see it themselves.
What do you get when you put 2 internal pumps in a new skimmer? Well its being touted as the first in the eventual double pump skimmer. These are few and far between but the thought process here is 2 pumps, double the bubble rate, retaining the small footprint, and over all just skimming better than a single pump configuration.
So why am I apprehensive about this? Well i’m not a skimmer exper or pump engineer but I feel like “BALANCE” between the pumps if 1 gets clogged or breaks a needle or something would eventually become a problem. Imagine you set a skimming level while both pumps are working great and brand new but over time the pump closest to the refugium light gets a little coraline or piece of chaeto stuck in it. It then becomes a nightmare to identify which pump is not pulling its weight. I’m also not a big fan of any skimmer designs that employ a too-accurate way of regulating the water level (pipeless design) because from my experience they become clogged, algae stuck, and are never robust enough for a regular cleaning without breaking it.
I am inlove with the idea that due to the use of 2 pumps its possible that the quantity and size of the bubbles will truly become finer which would create more area and bubbles to attract and attach to waste protiens for removal.
Clearly if your a Maxspect user like we are then Syna-G is being employed to control your gyres and could also be used to control the pumps in this skimmer.
We have not seen pricing for this item yet but hope it comes in some where mid-level in price. We are anxious as ever to try it out.
Its no secret that we love using gyres in the frag systems at the shop. We have previously tried the “other ” competitiors like Jebao and from a cost perspective Maxspect GYRES always seemed to fit right in the middle.
We are looking forward to getting in a set of these pumps when they are available to try them out on a few new builds.
The features seem basic and are def remniscient of the Ice Cap Variation but I hope to get one in hand to try out soon.