7 Exciting Reef Tank Gadgets
For most of us, reefkeeping brings a sense of immense joy and reward, quickly translating into a lifetime love for the hobby.We love our technology aquarium equipment and reef tank gadgets almost as much as our fishy (and coral) friends. Even so, the art of aquatics is undoubtedly one of the most demanding in terms of attention to detail and as a result, aquarium technology has improved considerably. Here are a few reef tank gadgets to love this year.
1. Mag-Float Aquarium Cleaner
If you’re still getting your hands wet or are scraping your glass to get it clean, you need to try the Mag-float. This clever device uses a magnet to allow you to clean the inside of the tank from the outside and makes maintenance a breeze. Even if the two pieces of the tool do separate, the one in the tank will float so that you can easily retrieve it. Keep your hands outside of the reef tank, where they belong, and keep anything on your hands (lotions, chemicals, etc.) outside as well, and use a Mag-float. If you have an acrylic tank…you may still need to get your hands wet. While simple in design, the Mag-float is a perennial powerhouse in the aquarium world, because it works, and that is why it is listed here as one of the top reef tank gadgets.
2. Refractometer or hydrometer
A hydrometer is probably the most basic and essential reef tank gadgets in the saltwater aquarists arsenal. This hydrometer measures the salinity of the water as well as it’s relative density, to help you keep conditions perfect for your reef or aquatic creatures. Because the FLUVAL SEA hydrometer comes equipped with a suction cup mount, it can also be affixed to the inside of the tank for 24 hour monitoring of your tank’s environment, which is actually a pretty handy little way to stay on top of your specific gravity.
But you are no average reef aquarium hobbyist and you don’t have average gear, why not upgrade your hydrometer to a much fancier refractometer. Don’t rely on a floating plastic arm (in a hydrometer) when you can bend light to check the salinity.
Of course, the FLUVAL SEA hydrometer is an effective and inexpensive way to measure the specific gravity of your reef tank water. Just be sure to keep it clean and replace it every few years if you suspect the floating arm has accumulated any mineral deposits over the years, or it will affect your readings.
3. Acropower Amino Acid Formula
You might be saying, “Hey, this is not a gadget at all, it’s a supplement!” Well, yes, technically speaking it is a supplement but the benefits of this particular innovation could not go unheard in this post!
These amino acids are quite simply a miracle grow for coral and can transform a dull reef aquarium into a vibrantly healthy coralscape. Check out the review and see why Jake Adams called Acropower “the missing link.” This non-gadget is one of the great reef tank gadgets to check out this year.
4. Reef Octopus Protein Skimmer
When it comes to protein skimmers, quality is key, therefore it is essential to do a fair bit of research to find one that fits the needs of your tank and it’s residents.
The Reef Octopus Skimmer is one of the brilliant reef tank gadgets and a great addition to any reef aquarium. Externally mounted and featuring a highly efficient needlewheel pump, the reef octopus is ideal for keeping those corals and fishes happy and healthy.
5. Reef React Calcium Reactor
A calcium reactor is an essential component of the reef aquarium for anyone who wants to keep large polyp stony (LPS) or small polyp stony (SPS) corals, since Calcium Carbonate (CaCO3) is one of the most abundant mineral compounds in the ocean and is essential for coral growth. Click here for a full guide on using calcium reactors.
This calcium reactor from REEF-react is a great all-rounder for anyone looking to get a calcium reactor for their reef. Compact and easy to set up, this reactor even has a bubble counter that accurately measures CO2 dosage, providing a level of control and protection against error and making it one of the top reef tank gadgets to consider this year.
Ensuring the optimum temperature of your medium is vital for the health of your creatures, and sometimes a chiller is required for this, especially if the tank is in a country with a consistently hot climate.
The JBJ Arctica chiller is a, highly energy efficient aquarium chiller able to stabilize water temperatures with ease. Near silent operation is also a big plus, especially if your tank is located in a living area. It’s hard to call this in the reef tank gadgets category, because it is a serious piece of equipment.
7. Seneye Alert System
The Seneye Reef alert system is a state of the art, an all in one aquarium monitoring system, designed for monitoring all the parameters of your aquarium, including temperature, PH, oxygen, light, water level.
This product allows full immersion into the world of marine aquatics by displaying your aquarium’s water parameters on an online dashboard, allowing you to see graphs, averages and more, enabling the smooth running of your aquarium. It even sends you text updates when you’re away from home making it one of the smartest reef tank gadgets on the list.
Reef tank gadgets conclusion
So what do you think? Will any of these reef tank gadgets make their way into your routine? I hope that this list has proved helpful if you’re looking to streamline your fishkeeping chores, or improve the quality of your tank – or if you’re looking for a great gift for the fish enthusiast in your life!
What’s your favourite gadget? Let me know in the comments!
Written by Haley Watson
Hayley is Marketing Manager for Swallow Aquatics, enjoys long walks in the countryside, visiting new places and above all, a proper cup of tea.