Reef Tank: keeping offers enormous satisfaction and reward to the majority of us. And this swiftly turns into a lifelong passion for the hobby. We (nearly) as much as our fishy (and coral) buddies enjoy the technology of aquarium equipment and reef tank devices.
Reef Tank: Mag-Float Glass Aquarium Cleaner
You need the Mag-Float Glass Aquarium Cleaner if you’re still getting your hands wet or scratching the glass to clean it. Using magnets, this ingenious invention allows you to clean the inside of the tank from the outside! What a great way to make upkeep a snap! Your fingertips will never touch the water, but the tank will be scrubbed thoroughly. In the event that the two parts do separate, the one in the tank floats! All you have to do now is pick it up and reconnect the magnets.
This keeps your hands out of the reef tank, where they should be. Anything on your hands (lotions, germs, etc.) will also be kept out. Unfortunately, due to the word “glass” in its name, the Mag-Float does not operate well with acrylic tanks. You’ll still need to get your hands wet if you don’t have glass. (Everything has advantages and disadvantages.) Perhaps someone will build a reef tank gizmo for acrylic tanks in the future.
While simple in design, the Mag-Float is a handy reef tank gadget because it WORKS. And when it comes to tank hygiene, it’s something you want to keep around.
Refractometer or Hydrometer
A hydrometer is the most fundamental and important reef tank tool in a saltwater aquarist’s armoury. Hydrometers are used to determine the salinity and density of water. This allows you to maintain ideal water conditions for your fish or coral. There are several alternatives available. The FLUVAL SEA hydrometer, on the other hand, comes with a suction cup mount. That means it can be attached to the inside of the tank and monitored 24 hours a day! This is a really helpful way to keep track of your salinity in a reef tank, as far as reef tank gadgets go.
The FLUVAL SEA hydrometer is both efficient and cost-effective (making it a popular choice for most hobbyists). Simply maintain it clean and change it once every few years. Mineral deposits might build up on that floating arm over time, affecting your results.
If you wish to enhance your equipment, consider replacing your hydrometer with a more sophisticated refractometer. A refractometer (like this one from Ade Advanced Optics) bends light to detect salinity instead of depending on a floating plastic arm to measure specific gravity. It’s a little more expensive, but it’s more precise. (Not to mention the fact that you won’t have to replace it unless it breaks.) It’s towards the top of the list when it comes to reef tank accessories.
Reef Octopus Protein Skimmer
When it comes to protein skimmers, it’s all about the quality. You’ll need to do some study to pick one that’s right for your tank and its inhabitants. Of course, this necessitates taking into account the size of your tank, the location of the skimmer, and your budget. But what if you want a cool reef tank accessory that also serves as a useful piece of aquarium gear? The Reef Octopus Skimmer is a good option.
The Reef Octopus has an externally mounted needle wheel pump that is very efficient. It’s perfect for maintaining the health and happiness of your corals and fish. Not to mention that it has received a lot of excellent feedback from enthusiasts who have purchased one. (Word of mouth is really powerful!)
Reef Tank: JBJ Arctica Titanium Chiller
It’s critical to keep your aquarium at the right temperature for the health of your fish and coral. This sometimes necessitates the use of a chiller. I know, it seems funny when you’re working with tropical species. But it does happen! Especially if you reside in a place where the weather is regularly hot. It’s a significant reef tank gizmo (and one you’ll undoubtedly geek out over) as well as a need for keeping your water pleasant.
The JBJ Arctica Chiller is a cost-effective chiller that can easily maintain water temperatures. Its near-silent functioning is an important feature, especially if your tank is in a living space. Your fish and coral will be safe, and you won’t have to listen to the sound of a jet engine taking off every time this reef tank device is turned on.
Reef Tank: Seneye Reef Alert System
The Seneye Reef Alert System is an all-in-one aquarium monitoring system that is state-of-the-art. It’s designed to maintain a continual eye on the health of your aquarium by monitoring all of its factors, including temperature, PH, oxygen, light, and water level. This is the ULTIMATE reef tank gizmo we’re talking about. (Think of Finding Nemo’s Aquascum.)
On an internet dashboard, the Seneye shows the parameters of your aquarium. This gives you access to graphs, averages, and other data. You’ll be running your aquarium like an expert in no time. Even while you’re not at home, it gives you SMS updates! As a result, it’s one of the SMARTEST reef tank accessories on the market. (Not to mention the coolest you’ll ever see)