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Reef Octopus announces compact bio-reactor and hang-on protein skimmer

By Leonard Ho - Posted Nov 01, 2011 06:35 PM
Reef Octopus has two new products coming to market. The first is a full line of "plug-n-play" bio-pellet reactors featuring compact footprints. The second is a BH90 protein skimmer: a hang-on needle-wheel design rated for up to 130 gallon aquariums. More details after the jump.
Reef Octopus announces compact bio-reactor and hang-on protein skimmer

The BR series bio-pellet reactors and the BH90 hang-on skimmer

Reef Octopus' new BR series bio-pellet reactors are all-in-one units complete with pumps.  Simply add your preferred bio-media to the reactor, place the reactor in your sump, and you're good to go.  The pump is neatly tucked below the reaction chamber, feeding water into the reactor while keeping the bio-pellet media in continual fluid suspension.

Reef Octopus has announced the following three BR models:

Model

Diam

Height

Volume

Pump

For Aquariums

BR-1000ss

120mm/4.7”

500mm/20”

1500ml pellets

HY-1000w

640~940L
(170~250Gallon)

BR-2000ss

150mm/6”

500mm/20”

2000ml pellets

HY-2000w

1300~1800L
(350~500Gallon)

BR-3000ss

200mm/7.9”

520mm/21”

2500ml pellets

HY-3000w

1500~2200L
(400~600Gallon)

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BH901.jpgReef Octopus also announced their upcoming hang-on protein skimmer: the BH90.  This skimmer features a relatively large (by hang-on skimmer standards) OTP‐1000s pump equipped with a needle wheel.  We expect this pump will put out plenty of flow and air compared to most hang-on skimmers on the market today.  The pump is plumbed externally, which should result in reduced water heating.  On the other hand, noise level is something we will need to confirm when the skimmer is available.

Other features of the BH90 include:

  • An integrated surface skimmer
  • A waste drain built into the collection cup (to allow for an external waste collector)
  • An air silencer
  • Conical neck (uncommon with hang-on protein skimmers).
  • PVC unions for quick servicing of the pump

 

All in all, the BH90 appears very well-designed and may rival other hang-on skimmers for supremacy in terms of skimming performance.  Coralvue (Reef Octopus' distributor) expects the unit to ship in December 2011.  Price is TBD.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.

Website: http://www.advancedaquarist.com.

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