Product Release and Review Portal

Considering setting-up a new tank, or upgrading your existing kit? Take a look at our ever-expanding list of reviews below. Organised by general category for convenience, the list already includes some of the very best products available to UK reefkeepers (and beyond the UK in many cases). As practicing MARINE SPECIALISTS we’ve tested a wide range of equipment to date, so if you are looking for an unbiased, no-nonsense, hobbyist opinion on a particular item, look no further! In addition to initial releases about equipment, and ‘unboxing’ reviews, we also often test select items long-term in the ‘real world’ to gauge both reliability and functionality, so you don’t have to take the risk! For an alternative, chronological listing click here.

By the way, if there’s a specific product you’d like to see us test, or indeed if you have a product that you’d like to see included, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Note: from time to time we are sent equipment free of charge for testing purposes. This does not affect the conclusions we reach during our review procedure. Disclaimer: Our reviews reflect our own personal opinions of the subject of the review at the time and are not official endorsements of the given product. Reviews are intended purely to facilitate your own decision making process and we take no responsibility from any losses or damage arising from use of features products.

FILTRATION

Skimmers

Media

Filter Socks & Holders

  • Vertex Filter Sock Holder (coming soon)
  • Little Ocean Filter Sock Holder hands-on

Reactors

UV sterilisers (none at present)

Ozone

SUPPLEMENTATION

Probiotics

Mineral Replenishment

Salt Mixes

Trace Elements

  • Red Sea Coral Colours Supplements hands-on
  • Red Sea Reef Foundation Supplement Pack release
  • Red Sea Reef Care Nano Range release

WATER TESTING

Test Kits

Monitors/Equipment

DISEASE/PEST CONTROL

Treatments (none at present)

Dips

  • BlueLifeUSA Safety Stop Fish Dip (coming soon)
  • Coral RX (coming soon)

NUTRITION

Fish Foods

Coral Foods

  • ReefPhyto ‘Reef Juice’ Live Phytoplankton hands-on

LIGHTING

Units

Sump Lighting

  • TMC GroBeam 1500 Ultima hands-on
  • Arcadia EcoAqua 30watt LED spotlight unboxing

Bulbs

Control Units

WATER MOVEMENT

Pumps

Streams/Powerheads

Flow Control Devices

REEF AUTOMATION

  • Tunze Osmolator 3155 Auto top-up unboxing
  • Elos OsmoController Digital hands-on
  • Hydor Smart Level Auto top-up release
  • TMC V2 Auto top-up release
  • TMC EASI-Dose 3 Programmable Dosing System hands-on

CLEANING/HUSBANDRY EQUIPMENT

Reverse Osmosis Equipment

  • Osmotics Ultra-Pure 75gpd RO-Unit hands-on
  • RO-Man DM-1 Inline TDS Meter hands-on
  • TMC V²Pure Advanced RO System hands-on

Cleaning Tools

TEMPERATURE CONTROL

Heaters

  • Eheim Jager Heaterstat range hands-on
  • Simply Aquaria Dual Temperature Controller and Schego Titanium Heater hands-on

Chillers (none at present)
Fans (none at present)
Dehumidifiers

AQUARIA/COMPLETE AQUARIUM SYSTEMS

RETAILERS/MANUFACTURERS

UK Shops (*please note date of review as changes may have taken place since then)

Cockfields Spring 2012 Visit  |  Autumn 2012 Update
Oasis Aquarium January 2012 Visit
Burscough Aquatics Autumn 2013 Visit
Fishmans Frags Spring 2013 Visit
Simply Seahorses Autumn 2012 Visit
EcoReef UK Summer 2012 Visit

UK Online services (*organisations may also offer non-online services)

Tanktests.co.uk October 2011
Taunton Aquarium Centre March 2012
Seahorses Aquariums Ltd Ireland February 2012
Coralculture October 2011
Liverock.co.uk December 2012

Tank Manufacturers

  • Coral Aquarium Cabinets October 2012 Visit
  • Neptunes Acrylic Tank Manufacturers coming soon

SUBSTRATE, DECOR, AQUASCAPING

BREEDING/PROPAGATION

REEF IMAGING/OPTICAL DEVICES

  • Little Ocean DSLR lens-dipper hands-on

REEF RELATED EDUCATION & ENTERTAINMENT

Books

  • Reef Fishes of the East Indies (GR Allen and MV Erdmann) release

DVDs

  • Coral Sea Dreaming: Awaken (Bluray) hands-on

Electronic/Online (coming soon)

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