Close Look: Philips Coralcare LED

When it comes to lighting your reef, there are plenty of options on the market right now that will, if applied correctly, grow thriving colonies of even the most light-hungry coral species. Given this, the last few years have seen the focus of reef lighting technology shift away from a straight ‘life support’ role, withRead More

Close Look: EcoTech Radion XR30w G4 Pro

Back in August 2016 when the G4 Pro originally launched here in the UK, a flurry of reviews appeared as outlets competed to be the first to ‘spill the beans’ on this desirable new tech. Due to heavy demand, we didn’t receive our unit for review until late 2016 and given the bi-monthly run ofRead More

Quick Look: Red Sea Max Nano

Back in mid-October 2016 I was thrilled to be supplied one of the first Red Sea Max Nano systems available here in the UK for the purpose of producing this month’s ‘Quick Look’ review. Having already set-up a Red Sea REEFER 170 last year, I have to say that I had high hopes for thisRead More

Quick Look: Genio Ca Master 120 DC Calcium Reactor

Genio Ca Master 120 DC Calcium Reactor

Distributed in the UK by Simply Aquaria Ltd, Genio-Systems are a relative newcomer on the UK market yet offer products with a distinctive, sophisticated design. Based in Austria, the company offers a range of innovative and design-orientated products including complete filter systems, filter system modules, skimmers, DC pumps, calcium reactors, and complete aquariums in acrylic.Read More

Quick Look: Vertex Rx-C 6D Calcium Reactor

Vertex Rx-C 6D Calcium Reactor

As a reef aquarist, deciding on the best method for maintaining minerals in your aquarium is a challenge that you will almost certain encounter (if you haven’t already that is). Currently, use of two-part solutions, Balling/Balling Lite, Calcium reactors, Kalkwasser addition and Triton are all well-known techniques, and each has its strengths and weaknesses. TheRead More

Quick look: TMC REEF-Flow 4


Richard Aspinall takes a quick look at this new range. The REEF-Flow 4 from TMC is the smallest in their new range of circulation pumps and retails at £64.99. The 8, 15 and 20 models range from £84.99 to £124.99 with outputs of 8,000, 15,000 and 20,000lph respectively. I’ve had the Reef Flow 4 onRead More

Putting the Sicce AM366 Through its Paces

If an LED fails, you’ll probably not notice

Richard Aspinall Tests this Great Looking Sicce LED Unit Images: Richard Aspinall Italians tend to be proud of their reputation for design and when you look at Sicce’s AM series you can understand why. The units combine great looks, with robust construction and represent a lighting option for hobbyists not wishing to explore or simplyRead More

TMC V2 iLumenAir 900 – Great PAR at a Great Price

The iLumenAir upside down, showing the frosted glass panel and the LED arrangement

Richard Aspinall investigates TMC’s first luminaire Images: Richard Aspinall TMC can rightly be said to have been at the start of the LED revolution in the aquarium world with the AquaRay all those years ago. Since then the UK-based company has continued to produce modular units that have seen regular updates to include the newestRead More

Giesemann Futura-S Promotion

Offering one of the highest output to power consumption ratios, combined with massive coverage vs financial outlay compared to alternate systems, the FUTURA-S series from Giesemann is claimed to deliver one of the most stunning and advanced LED lighting solutions available to the discerning aquarist.