In a small booth at CIPS we found Smart Reefs Co. Ltd., a very interesting company producing automatic water change devices for marine aquariums. We are talking about a very small company, inconspicuous compared to the galactic booths we have visited so far. The company is looking for dealers worldwide for their products. And we,the “Tech Addicted” as they say, liked their products right away. To give you an idea they don’t even have a website. We have their address, of course, and if you are interested in contacting them, please let me know and I’ll be glad to share it. Okay, back to what we were discussing. Smart Reefs caught our attention with both its name and their display of digital boxes linked to different small aquariums. Above, you can see the small booth during set-up; minimal, but it immediately attracted our gaze. There were different devices for automatic water change inside the booth, at different price points and with a wide range of features. We’ll start with the simplest:
Smart A.T.O. – automatic top-off system
Everything is managed by that small box you can see in the picture. Smart Top Off has a temperature display and an alarm sounds if any malfunction occurs; with its two sensors and a pump connected, it provides the automatic water top-off, measuring minimum and maximum levels. The cost (which seems almost too good to be true) is less than 30 dollars US.
Aqua Smart Center
Aqua Smart Center is a device for automatic top-off itself, with even more features than the Smart ATO we just saw. It manages temperature alarms, is able to regulate automatic top-off with anti-flooding control, manages temperature by connecting to a fan for aquarium cooling, is connectable to your house Wi-Fi, and will warn you in the case of any malfunctions. Aqua Smart Center has a very aggressive price too, under 70 dollars.
Smart Water Changer – automatic water change
Let’s look at their first device for water changing called Smart Water Changer, which comes with its own filter. This feature allows it to be a stand alone device, so it does not need an external pump to work. This is a physically small device, but very interesting. It is managedby a single level sensor, which is run by and assisted by Artificial Intelligence. Above, we can see two Smart Water Changers, stacked on top of each other, so you can appreciate the front with a touch screen, and the back with the connections. Water inlet and outlet from the tank, charging filter, sensor and power plug.
Smart Water Changer Pro
And finally, we come to the top of the line – Smart Reefs: Smart Water Changer Pro. Smart Water Changer Pro is what I call an ultimate product. It combines, in a single product, the temperature alarm feature, as well as the management of the water changes and the automatic top-off . Above, we can see the same configuration of two stacked devices, so we can appreciate the very clean front with a touch screen, and the back with several connections, including:
- 2 links for water inlet and outlet for the water top-off, with the ability to manage two tanks;
- Flooding sensor;
- Link with the outlet pump;
- Link with the inlet pump;
- Level sensor;
- Link with the level restoration pump;
- Temperature sensor;
- Level sensor in the water top off tank.
Furthermore, the product specifications talk about a superior accuracy for the determination of the water to be changed. Everything, as I recall, at a price lower than 200 dollars. In my opinion, it’s a great bargain.
As we said above, Smart Reefs doesn’t have a website, but if you need to get in touch with them, you can contact us and we’ll help you. To deepen your knowledge about CIPS 2017 you can read our editorial here. [Translated by Federico Lavezzi]