Reef Octopus’ new BR series bio-pellet reactors are all-in-one units complete with pumps. Simply add your preferred bio-media to the reactor, place the reactor in your sump, and you’re good to go. The pump is neatly tucked below the reaction chamber, feeding water into the reactor while keeping the bio-pellet media in continual fluid suspension.
Reef Octopus has announced the following three BR models:
Reef Octopus also announced their upcoming hang-on protein skimmer: the BH90. This skimmer features a relatively large (by hang-on skimmer standards) OTP‐1000s pump equipped with a needle wheel. We expect this pump will put out plenty of flow and air compared to most hang-on skimmers on the market today. The pump is plumbed externally, which should result in reduced water heating. On the other hand, noise level is something we will need to confirm when the skimmer is available.
Other features of the BH90 include:
- An integrated surface skimmer
- A waste drain built into the collection cup (to allow for an external waste collector)
- An air silencer
- Conical neck (uncommon with hang-on protein skimmers).
- PVC unions for quick servicing of the pump
All in all, the BH90 appears very well-designed and may rival other hang-on skimmers for supremacy in terms of skimming performance. Coralvue (Reef Octopus’ distributor) expects the unit to ship in December 2011. Price is TBD.