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

Close Look: Vectra Review I-Supra C+ Aquarium Filtration System

Often described in aquarium literature as a ‘place to store unsightly aquarium equipment’, sumps have something of a reputation for being objects to hide behind closed cabinet doors, being displeasing to look at and perhaps chaotic and unclean. This actually doesn’t have to be the case though, indeed many items of aquarium equipment now availableRead More

Close Look: Sicce SYNCRA SDC 7.0 multifunction circulation pump

Controllable, DC powered circulation pumps have been around for quite a while now and are often seen in either return pump or skimmer engine forms. Featuring separate wired controllers to adjust speed at the touch of a button there are a host of offerings of varying quality and cost. Pumps that can be adjusted remotelyRead More

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

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