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    New Aqua Driver ZeoClean Reactor in the works

    Carsten and Aqua Driver are working on a new product that Zeovit users will be excited about– The ZeoClean, an automatic zeolith filter that physically agitates the stones. If you are not a zeovit user, you may be left  wondering What stones? and Why agitate a stone?  Zeovit utilizes zeolite stones as a substrate to […]

    Carsten and Aqua Driver are working on a new product that Zeovit users will be excited about– The ZeoClean, an automatic zeolith filter that physically agitates the stones. If you are not a zeovit user, you may be left  wondering What stones? and Why agitate a stone? 

    Zeovit utilizes zeolite stones as a substrate to cultivate bacteria. These bacteria are cultivated in the water column and within the reactor via carbon and bacteria additives. An important part of the system is agitating the stones to release the build up of bacteria, called mulm, to be removed via the protein skimmer. For more information on Carbon dosing, take a peek at our popular  VSV article.

    The Aqua Driver ZeoClean reactor will rely on a small DC motor and a 3D drive unit to physically move the zeolites up and down and side to side. This will eliminate the daily routine of manually pumping the zeolites to release the “mulm”. The initial plan is to use a small Eheim pump mounted underneath. 

    After a brief discussion with Carsten, there is still a lot to be done and this is just a prototype sketch. Odds are changes will be made, but we are still happy to report that a ZeoClean is in the works.

    8 Comments

    1. Nicholas Sadaka
      January 27, 2009 at 1:33 PM | Permalink

      Wow, that’s cool and I’m all-in as a zeo-user (it has really made my tank a LOT better), but I can only imagine how much that thing’s going to cost. Great system and one that I’ve had great success with, but definitely hard on us reefers with low funds!

    2. Jon
      January 29, 2009 at 1:26 AM | Permalink

      I have considered the same with the ATB automatic reactor. There are several hurdles to overcome with this design. You can gear a small stepping motor to the shaft, but then you have shaft seal problems. The best is to just use a linear actuator, but there are other problems with this as well.

      There is a way to make it work though… hint: a retractable ballpoint pen.

    3. Paal Svendsrud
      January 29, 2009 at 6:06 AM | Permalink

      Fauna Marin has a automatic zeoreactor, Ultra Zeo Matic 1 and 2.
      Link : http://shop.faunamarin.de/product_info.php?info=p118_Ultra-Zeo-Matic-1.html

    4. February 6, 2010 at 11:44 PM | Permalink

      Really impressing!

    5. February 6, 2010 at 11:50 PM | Permalink

      I really don't like the Fauna Marin idea.. The stones are stirred by a cambination of air (jumbo air pump needed/recommended), and (here comes the 'semi automatic tag') manual stirring of the zeo media… It's like saying: 'yeah ok, you should don't care about your zeo media subproduct being released… as long as you keep in all those stones up & down while the system is in 'auto' mode…sure it will pump some air to help you…

    6. February 6, 2010 at 11:52 PM | Permalink

      Ok, now talking about the Aqua Driver's proposal -> To put it simple: a really working, simple, functional and attractive idea..

    7. FaunaMarin
      February 8, 2010 at 8:37 AM | Permalink

      Hi Lucas

      meanwhile there is the ZEOMATIC 2 on the market where you can choose if you want to clean with air or not
      and it is no Airpump necessary

      rgds Claude

      ps : the most say that they don´t like but they never try it 😉
      however we was the first wich have the idea and make the first selfcleaning reactor, so step by step we developed this system also

      rgds claude

    8. Anonymous
      February 8, 2010 at 2:37 PM | Permalink

      Hi Lucas

      meanwhile there is the ZEOMATIC 2 on the market where you can choose if you want to clean with air or not
      and it is no Airpump necessary

      rgds Claude

      ps : the most say that they don´t like but they never try it 😉
      however we was the first wich have the idea and make the first selfcleaning reactor, so step by step we developed this system also

      rgds claude

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