Alpha 170 Cone skimmers have arrived at retailers

We received word that the Alpha 170 cone skimmers known as Kone have begun arriving to retailers and have begun shipping. One of the first retailers to get their mits on these new guys is Premium Aquatics. In case you’ve…

Vertex Alpha Cone Skimmer 170, 200 specifications

While we knew about the Alpha 200 and Alpha 170 cone skimmers we didn’t have anything in the specifications department. Thankfully, information about these skimmers has surfaced. We had thought that the Alpha 170 would be much smaller than quoted…

Royal-Exclusiv Vertex Alpha Cone Skimmers 170 / 200 / 300

Hot off the heels of the Vertex Alpha 250 cone skimmer announcement we receive word that the Alpha 250 is just one of many Vertex cone skimmers produced by Royal Exclusiv. There are 3 new models, 170, 200 and 300.…

Vertex Alpha Kone 200 skimmers now shipping

It wasn’t too long ago we brought you the first pictures of the Alpha Cone series including hands on shots and video, but the Alpha 250 ‘s smaller sibling the Alpha 200 has begun to ship. The photo above gives…

The Best Sumps For Saltwater Aquariums – Reef Builders Gear Guide

A sump is the life support system of a healthy saltwater aquarium. Some hobbyists may start off with a canister filter and hang on the back equipment, but modern saltwater aquarists choose to use a sump for many beneficial reasons.…

Bubble King Double Cones get outed by Royal Exclusiv

Royal Exclusiv has released their new Bubble King Double Cone protein skimmers out to the masses. Taking design cues from past Bubble King Models these new cone skimmers incorporate all the latest tech wizardry since 2006 when the first Bubble…

PlanktoMarine Live, a new live plankton food from GroTech

GroTech PlanktoMarine Live is a new¬†refrigerated,¬†ultra-dense, live form of phytoplankton recently released to the German market. According to the company, the 20ml package of PlanktoMarine Live is comparable to a 1.8 liter bottle of traditional live plankton solutions. The highly…

Exclusive first look at the Omega Kone external cone skimmer from Vertex

The Alpha Kone protein skimmers from Vertex Aquaristik was one of the most popular cone protein skimmers launched this time last year. The Omega Kone is the big brother to the Alpha Kone series, offering a similar style of design…

2009 Reef Builders Reader’s Choice Awards roundup!

2009 was a great year for aquarium products and now that we’re starting to feel cozy with 2010 we may as well share with you the results of the 2009 Reef Builders Reader’s Choice Awards. There were some likely winners…

Reef Builders Podcast #2 — Midwest Frag Fest

This installment of the podcast (episode #2) has myself and Jake talking about the Midwest Frag Fest, new equipment and the new Alpha 250 cone skimmer. Hosts: Ryan Gripp, Jake Adams Producer: Ryan Gripp Podcast RSS iTunes