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March’s New Aquarium Products: Our Top Picks.

  • Brennen Lahn
  • a month ago
March's New Aquarium Products: Our Top Picks.
March’s New Aquarium Products: Our Top Picks.

With more and more innovation making its way into the aquarium hobby, manufacturers are constantly creating new products to offer our customers. We are hoping to continue highlighting some of our new favorite products coming to the open market. While we will not be able to show every new product, our main goal is to present items that we feel makes your hobby experience easier, more enjoyable, or create a better environment for your livestock. If you have any questions about these products or, you need a more specific recommendation, our customer care team would be happy to assist you.

We are going to be featuring five of our favorite new products on the market. Some of these products will be for a specific type of aquarium and others will be capable of performing on multiple tank varieties. We will first take a look at a versatile set of aquarium tongs and a reliable aquarium heater. Then, We will break down a detail oriented refugium light and a budget friendly auto top-off system. Finally, we will discuss a new and affordable entrant to the controller market.

Summary:

A new tool to keep your hands dry: Maxspect Aquarium Tongs- Coral Gripper
The new budget friendly heater: Finnex HMX Titanium Aquarium Heater W/ Digital Controller
An Apex compatible refugium light: Neptune GRO Refugium Light
An auto top-off system your wallet will love: ReefBreeder Prism ATO System
The beginner controller: CoralVue Hydros Control XS Aquarium Controller Starter Pack

A new tool to keep your hands dry: Maxspect Aquarium Tongs- Coral Gripper

Maxspect Aquarium Coral Gripper
Maxspect Aquarium Coral Gripper

There are few things worse than having to go elbow deep to reach a fallen piece of coral or a flipped over Turbo Snail. Luckily, Maxspect has provided us with a helpful solution to keep our hands dry and aquariums organized with their new tongs. We are currently offering them in both a 23.5 and a 32.5 inch size. The internal parts of these tongs are made from surgical grade anti-corrosive stainless steel specifically designed to stand up to the tough environment presented by saltwater aquariums. That being said, these tongs can certainly be used in freshwater as well. Additionally, the silicone tips on the end of the arms make gripping rock, coral, and even snails quite easy. A powerful grip strength will allow you to lift up heavy rock. More specifically, these tongs can pick up items up to four pounds. Another fantastic feature of these is their comfortable trigger action handle that will not strain you even when doing some extended aquascaping. If you are searching for an easy and cost effective way to keep your hands out of your tank, look no further than the brand new aquarium tongs from Maxspect.

The new budget friendly heater: Finnex HMX Titanium Aquarium Heater W/ Digital Controller

Moving onto our next featured product, we have a budget friendly heater with some premium features. Finnex has long been producing some of the best heating elements on the market and the HMX Titanium Heater With Digital Controller is no exception. With its aquarium-safe titanium build, you can be assured that your heater will not shatter and it will sustain its performance for years to come. The greatest feature of this heater is its touchpad digital controller that can be set to your desired temperature within your tank. With five different sizes to choose from, you are bound to find a model that will effectively heat your aquarium. Another excellent feature of these heaters is their ability to remain set to your desired temperature even after power loss. This is a very important aspect for the overall stability of your system. A heater guard is also included to prevent it from coming into contact with anything that could cause potential damage. Additionally, these heaters are American made and will come with a six month manufacturer warranty directly from Finnex. The culmination of each of these features makes the Finnex HMX heater series a great addition to any aquarium.

Finnex HMX Titanium Aquarium Heater W/ Digital Controller
Finnex HMX Titanium Aquarium Heater W/ Digital Controller

An Apex compatible refugium light: Neptune GRO Refugium Light

Neptune GRO Refugium Light
Neptune GRO Refugium Light

Setting up a refugium is an excellent way to absorb excess nutrients within your system. To increase the performance of your sump, investing in an excellent light such as the Neptune GRO will make certain that your fuge will be operating at peak performance. With 84 LED’s tuned to a spectrum that is designed to maximize macro algae growth, it is no wonder how the GRO LED can create some excellent growth. The GRO LED can be plugged directly into an APEX unit using any free DC24 port. This unit can also operate independently with the purchase of a 24 volt power supply. With these LEDs being water resistant, you can feel more confident in the durability of your refugium system in addition to this light fixture. This system has two mounting options that utilize a flexible gooseneck. The first of these mounting options is one that can clamp onto a flat edge like the wall of your sump/ tank and the other choice is one that can attach to your external plumbing that is between 1-1.5” in diameter. If you are looking to create a refugium within your system, we recommend looking into the Neptune GRO to illuminate and grow your macroalgae.

An auto top-off system your wallet will love: ReefBreeders Prism ATO System 

Now onto a seriously budget friendly and desirable system any aquarium keeper would enjoy. Anyone who has been in the aquarium hobby for long knows just how frustrating it can be to constantly have to top-off your aquarium level manually. Up until now however, investing in a safe and reliable ATO system is not going to be cheap. Luckily however, ReefBreeders has made their new Prism ATO available at an affordable price without compromising the quality of the unit. Each Prism includes 3 optical sensors to make sure your water level is where it needs to be. Everything you need to run this system will come in the packaging including the sensors, pump, tubing, power supply, and the tubing holder. A one year manufacturer warranty is also included with the purchase of this system. Additionally, this system can operate on aquarium glass up to ½” thick and the pump has a maximum head pressure of eight feet. The final excellent feature of this system is its compact size that allows it to operate on aquariums as small as 2 gallons. Each of these qualities make the Prism ATO system from ReefBreeders an extreme value that will keep you from constantly having to top-off your aquarium.

ReefBreeders Prism ATO System
ReefBreeders Prism ATO System

The beginner controller: CoralVue HYDROS Control XS Aquarium Controller Starter Pack

CoralVue HYDROS Control XS Aquarium Controller Starter Pack
CoralVue HYDROS Control XS Aquarium Controller Starter Pack

The newest trend in aquarium keeping is automation but, finding a controller that will work with your aquarium can get very expensive. CoralVue has recently released the HYDROS Control XS that will allow you to break into the controller world without breaking the bank. This new controller model is perfect for both freshwater and smaller saltwater aquariums. Additionally, this controller can be customized by adding other HYDROS devices for a larger and more detail oriented system. The base XS kit includes the control unit, the power supply, a four-outlet AC power strip, and a slim temperature probe. Any item plugged into the power strip can be controlled locally using Wifi or, from anywhere in the world using the HYDROS smartphone application. Four sensor ports are built into the base unit to accommodate accessories including leak detectors, optical sensors, and temperature probes. Another excellent feature of this unit is the internal health monitoring system that provides feedback on voltage, internal temperature, and electrical currents. Overall, for the premium aspects of this unit at an affordable price point, the HYDROS Control XS is a needed addition to the world of aquarium automation.

Final Thoughts:

We hope this guide has highlighted some unique and helpful new products that can make a significant impact on your aquarium keeping experience. We look forward to continuing to present new items that will help improve your aquarium keeping skills. Each new product that we showcased can be used in order to make your aquarium maintenance more user friendly and they help contribute to a more enjoyable way to keep an aquarium. If you have any remaining questions or are searching for a recommendation, our customer care team would be happy to assist you.

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