Skimmers, Reactors, and Filtration Videos

A full library of educational videos about protein skimmers, algae scrubbers, media reactors, calcium reactors, aquarium filtration systems, ozonizers and uv sterilizers to help you maintain optimal water quality inside your reef tank.
  1. Top BRS GFO and Carbon Media Reactor Mistakes

    BRS Carbon Reactor & GFO Reactor Setup Challenges and Tips to Get It Right in Your Reef Tank

    The BRS GFO and Carbon filter media reactor is at the top of our list for fluidizing media on a reef tank but don't get caught making these mistakes!
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  2. BRStv Product Spotlight Hydor E-SK Series Protein Skimmers

    Review these Hydor E-SK DC Protein Skimmers! Surprising features, surprising affordability

    At this price point with a myriad of convenient features, you can't ignore the Hydor E-SK series protein skimmers.
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  3. BRStv Product Spotlight Reef Octopus Elite Series Protein Skimmers

    Reef Octopus Elite Protein Skimmers: Still reliable, still trusted, upgraded style and features!

    Find out why Reef Octopus Elite Series DC skimmers are some of the best skimmers you can buy as Thomas takes us on a full walkthrough in this BRStv Product Spotlight.
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  4. Theiling Compact Rollermat

    Theiling Compact Rollermat: Ditch the filter socks. Roll up your reef tank waste automatically!

    Find out how to maintain crystal clear water and automatically remove waste before it breaks down into nitrate and phosphate using a Theiling Compact Rollermat!
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  5. Nyos Quantum Protein Skimmers

    Nyos Quantum Protein Skimmer: A crystal clear skimmer for crystal clean reef tank!

    Three types of control, clear pump volute and bubble plate and titanium screws are just a few of the unique features you get with Nyos. Check it out as Thomas shows us that these skimmers have way more the offer than what meets the eye.
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  6. AutoAqua Smart Security System: Protection from the most common reef tank failures in one bundle.

    AutoAqua Smart Security System: Protection from the most common reef tank failures in one bundle.

    Learn how these three little devices can save you thousands and give you the peace of mind that your tank is protected.
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  7. How to raise pH in saltwater tank with a CO2 scrubber - BRStv Reef FAQs

    How to raise pH in saltwater tank with a CO2 scrubber - BRStv Reef FAQs

    For those of you looking for the growth and metabolic health benefits of maintaining a pH of 8.3, scrubbing CO2 is one of the easiest and most reliable ways to achieve that goal. Presuming you are maintaining alkalinity properly, high carbon dioxide (CO2) in the air surrounding your tank is the #1 cause of low pH. Excess CO2 in the air transfers to the tank via natural gas exchange and creates carbonic acid which lowers the pH of the tank. An air exchanger on your AC or furnace is the best solution but it is expensive if you don’t already have one. Opening a window and/or doors for 24 hours will let the excess CO2 escape also and should be your first step in order to identify that CO2 is indeed your problem. If pH rises after opening the windows for 24 hours, then you can be fairly confident that excess CO2 is suppressing the pH in your aquarium. How to use a CO2 Scrubber Since keeping windows and doors open

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  8. Calcium reactor setup - The easy way for your reef aquarium - Reef FAQs

    Calcium reactor setup - The easy way for your reef aquarium - Reef FAQs

    Calcium reactors and the word “easy” in the same sentence is sort of an oxymoron because reactors get a bad rap for being difficult. The facts are, once you understand the concept it really is not all that hard. Our mission here is to share the easiest approach to calcium reactor setup that an average reefer can do with readily available equipment. A calcium reactor uses carbon dioxide to melt old coral skeleton and enrich the tank water with calcium and alkalinity. Presumably, in the same ratio that the new coral skeleton will use it. In addition, other elements bound up in the coral skeleton, such as strontium, are also added in the process. Calcium reactors are often presented as these complex devices that require all sorts of tuning but that is nonsense. They can look intimidating just because of all the plumbing, chambers and tubing but operationally they are quite simple. All you need to do is set it up to dose a consistent strength solution

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  9. Are some calcium reactor media types more potent than others? - BRStv Investigates

    Are some calcium reactor media types more potent than others? - BRStv Investigates

    Although there is a relatively small selection of popular calcium reactor media, people still ask which one is the best? Trying to truly define the “BEST” is difficult because it can be subjective based on an individual’s needs and preferences. So when it comes to choosing calcium reactor media, the decision could be made on lowest cost, size options, highest purity or where the media was sourced, dissolvability, amount of major/minor/trace elements they provide, or even just by popularity and longest history of users overall. Either way, there is definitely more information to be learned about the various reactor medias. At the very minimum, we attempt to answer the following question. Do different types of Calcium Reactor medias have different max saturation points? This data will determine if one media will provide a higher concentration of calcium carbonate over another at a given pH point and when combined with the various

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  10. Red Sea Reefer Protein Skimmers - BRStv Saltwater Tank Gear Reviews

    Red Sea Reefer Protein Skimmers - BRStv Saltwater Tank Gear Reviews

    The NEW Red Sea Protein Skimmers are available in three models. In terms of the price point you are looking at a middle of the road skimmer that is packed with high-end features for your reef aquarium.   Red Sea RSK 300 Reefer Internal Protein Skimmer - $299.00 Red Sea RSK 600 Reefer Internal Protein Skimmer - $449.00 Red Sea RSK 900 Reefer Internal Protein Skimmer - $549.00 High Performance Sicce Pump Starting with the heart of any skimmer, the pump, Red Sea chose the hobby favorite Sicce brand PSK needle wheel pump to drive foam production. Sicce brand pumps are made in Italy by a company that specializes in pumps which is why this brand has such a long standing reputation of producing top-notch pumps that deliver reliable performance day in and day out. Injection Molded Components Beyond the pump, the entire skimmer is made of injection molded plastic and acrylic which is far different from the machined

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