Review: Bio Aquatek Bio-Phos 80 Phosphate Media and Reactor

Anyone using chemical media on their reef system will almost certainly have delved into the wonderful world of fluidising reactors at some point. There’s something mesmerising about seeing your chosen media churning and swirling, happily doing its job. More importantly of course, fluidisation is also a great way to avoid ‘caking’ and to make sure you get the best efficiency out of your media (as opposed to ‘passive’ use, in a mesh bag for example). It’s more than likely that this research hasn’t left you with a clear ‘winner’ though, indeed uncertainties about reactor sizing, pumps, volume, construction, plumbing options and the like often result in something of a ‘hopeful’ purchase. In this review we aim to take some of the guess work out of this buying process by bringing you one of our ‘hands on’ reviews. Continue reading Review: Bio Aquatek Bio-Phos 80 Phosphate Media and Reactor

ROV Images Strange Life On Submerged Volcano

A team from Heriot-Watt University has identified more than 100 different species ranging from strange single-celled organisms to coral species and even an octopus on the slopes of a huge and ancient undersea volcano. Amazingly though these life-forms aren’t thriving in warm sunlit tropical waters, rather they have been observed in dark, frigid waters 1000m below the sea surface on the Hebrides Terrace Seamount, off the coast of Scotland. Continue reading ROV Images Strange Life On Submerged Volcano