With two very big entries into the aquarium dosing market we certainly had more than enough peristaltic action to test out at the studio. Although the dosing pumps currently available to aquarists are fairly mature products, Seachem and Red Sea both managed to design and produce some of the most compelling offerings in the aquarium world. Red Sea saw fit to release a 2-channel and a 4-channel version of their ReefDose dosing pump systems with great wireless control, sensible programs and presets, and the kind of synergy with the Reef Care dosing program that you’d expect from an additive manufacturer.
同时，Seachem在Aquavitro品牌下推出了他们的Sentia剂量，其主要和次要剂量单元使其简单而精简，从几个剂量渠道开始，并随着用户需求的增长而扩展。The Sentia and ReefDose aren’t offering any revolutionary features or groundbreaking design but without a doubt these dosing pump systems will be some of the most popular for years to come, and they will certainly be some of the first dosing pump systems that many aquarists ever use.
Cool Mysis and Cool Green are not new products at all but they are new to us, and the large chunky flakes have become a staple food for our diverse population of marine fish. The large hearty flakes are readily enjoyed by all manner of reef fish and when bought in bulk sizes of one to three pounds the cost is a fraction of more widely available flake foods – the value of Cool Mysis and Cool Green is simply unmatched.
Some new aquarium products take time to grab our attention but others like the Kessil A500X are love at first sight. As we’ve said many times the concentration of light of Kessil’s 185 watt spotlight is the closest we’ve ever seen to venerable metal halide technology and we stand by our comments describing this high tech LED light machine as a true metal halide killer.
The reef aquarium hobby has been manufacturing live rock substitutes for decades and while some companies have experimented with different shapes and sizes, this year we enjoyed naturalistic offerings from not one but two different companies. Cornerstone went all in with wide thick branches that are highly analogous to old school Tonga branch rock and Tropic Eden practically cloned Fiji Pukani rock which itself is composed of multiple small branches fused together into very natural shapes. These two new live rocks are strong, lightweight, and made up of very dynamic shapes which will be hard to distinguish from real wild live rock for even the most experienced reefers, especially once they’ve had some time to become colonized by encrusting reef life.
Good information about coral taxonomy is very hard to find, and even harder to wade through but the newest edition of BYOGuide’s Coral Finder is an absolute jewel of valuable knowledge regarding coral identification. We’ve been among the loudest advocates of hobbyists getting away from ephemeral conjured coral names in favor of scientifically accepted coral taxonomy because there’s a lot you can learn from knowing your coral is anAcanthastrea而不是一个MICROMUSSA。作为Coral Finder作家Russel Kelley的私人朋友，我们可以保证2021年版的工作量，其中最重要的是，其中的伴侣视频可以像您以前从未见过的那样说明Stony Corals。
With our annual roundup of the best reef aquarium ‘products’ now in its thirteenth year, we’ve recognized well over 100 products made and provided by companies all over the world but we’re reserving one spot this year for a ‘product’ of our own. This year we launched our very own podcast called Reef Therapy and you don’t have to take our word for it as it’s quickly become an instant classic for providing in depth and experienced discussions covering the whole gamut of reef aquarium topics. There are thousands of listeners tuning into every session of reef aquarium therapy, it’s free, and we hear that it pairs very well with undertaking weekly reef aquarium maintenance.