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    Super Reef Octopus Skimmers Get Bubble Blaster Pump

    via DesignandReef We showed you the Bubble Blaster and Water Blaster pumps made by Honya, manufacturer of the Octopus line back in March. Despite the intial hesitation regarding the pump’s price (initially thought to be near $200) the laguna-like design has been seen in parts of Asia, most recently at Aquarama in Singapore–where Marlon of [...]

    Bubble Blaster Pump

    via DesignandReef

    We showed you the Bubble Blaster and Water Blaster pumps made by Honya, manufacturer of the Octopus line back in March. Despite the intial hesitation regarding the pump’s price (initially thought to be near $200) the laguna-like design has been seen in parts of Asia, most recently at Aquarama in Singapore–where Marlon of DesignandReef snapped the photo above. With the large range of products and versions from Octopus, there is never a guarantee that a specific model will make widespread distribution and there was no guarantee the Bubble Blaster and Water Blaster would make it to the U.S..  

    We’ve now been informed the pumps are on their way to the States. The Bubble Blaster pump for skimmer applications will be paired with the new 2009 series of skimmers called the Super Reef Octopus Line. As expected, not all “Honya retailers” will be carrying this pump. Truthfully I am hesitant with the design, I’ll stick with proven laguna motor blocks for now. However, if Honya can lower the initial pricing of these guys it may make a significant impact on the large sized aquarium skimmer market… the early numbers do sound promising.

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    Super Reef Octo 5000 Int Saver

    Bubble Blaster 2400lphInitial stats are said to be 85 scfh or 2400lph at ~50w, see thumbnail image at right. This pump will be used on all the Super Reef Octopus skimmers, and will get an internal placement for a reduced footprint design. External designs are also being made, the largest an 8000 model sporting 3 bubble blaster pumps for 7,200lph of air intake.

     

    For now, we’re looking forward to another skimmer pump that will be controllable should be marketed soon… 

     

     

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    • Nicholas Sadaka

      Okay, I have a question that is probably pretty stupid, but I just don’t know the answer. It seems that there are a lot of pumps out there that are considered “skimmer pumps”, but that are sold separately from skimmers (I think Eheim just came out with one). Can you basically switch out skimmer pumps? If so, is doing so effective? I always thought that pumps were matched to skimmers by the manufacturer and putting one on a skimmer that doesn’t come stock with that pump would cause problems. How does that work? I ask specifically because I have an external Octopus Pro 250 that seems to have a pump that doesn’t work very well (always had problems keeping it sealed and I think the stuff I’ve used to seal it, which is liquid gasket, somewhat interferes with it’s performance). I would love to be able to switch it out with a different pump, but never really believed it to be possible. Anyone know how that whole deal works? Thanks!

    • Jon ‘hahnmeister’

      Im not sure exactly what you are asking, but I can help. mix-wheel skimmer pumps (needlewheel, meshwheel, etc) are of a certain make. The best pumps for these skimmers are the ones that are considered ‘high flow’. These are usually low wattage, with large volutes, large inlet/outlet sizes, etc. In short… they do very poorly with back-pressure… they would be great for circulation around the tank, but poor for a sump return.

      Due to the 2-phase mixing process in the volute, there are some design elements of a good mix-wheel pump that go outside the normal range of design as well.

      I await what Dave has on the way for a controllable DC skimmer pump. I wonder how much it might be based on [EDIT: let's not rehash that one again... ;) ]

    • hrishikesh

      what is the cost,pressure developed,it can be used for aqua-ammonia

      BE mech. student from india (nashik)