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    TLF’s New VeggieMag is a Must Have

    We spoke with Julian Sprung at MACNA & the H.H. Backer Tradeshow about his new patent pending VeggieMag design for Two Little Fishies. At the time, Julian only had handmade prototypes which we showed you in the coverage of those events. Since then he has kindly sent us the production model to see for ourselves […]

    VeggieMag

    We spoke with Julian Sprung at MACNA & the H.H. Backer Tradeshow about his new patent pending VeggieMag design for Two Little Fishies. At the time, Julian only had handmade prototypes which we showed you in the coverage of those events. Since then he has kindly sent us the production model to see for ourselves just how well the VeggieMag works.

    It may seem a little extreme to patent a magnet that holds dried seaweed. I was taken aback by it myself, but once you see how simple and effective the design is… it’s understandable why Julian is protecting it.  The unique static cling like material on the dry side can stick to a glass or acrylic surface without a magnet on the opposite side. It may not have reinvented the way you feed dried seaweed (nori) to your aquarium, but its a much improved algae clip.

    TLF Veggie Mag

    For a size reference the diameter of the magnet portion is just under 1.5″. The outer white ring consists of a white foam–allowing it to float and providing some cushion should you drop it. Should the wetside of the VeggieMag come undone, it will float and the static cling material will keep the dry side where you placed it.

    TLF rates this design for aquariums up to 5/8″ thick. In the photo below you can see it has no problem on 16mm glass–just a hair over 1/2″.

    Magnetic Algae Clip

    It’s not going to make your aquarium more beautiful (perhaps less unsightly), but it will likely make your feeding regimen easier. Less wet hands, less water running down the glass, and less digging out that suction cup from the aquascape!

    Expect to see these arriving at  Aquarium Specialty and Premium Aquatics in the next few days with a ballpark price of $20.

    A big thanks to Julian & TLF for sending us the VeggieMag.

    10 Comments

    1. Nicholas Sadaka
      January 20, 2010 at 1:10 PM | Permalink

      This sounds dumb, but I've been waiting for this product for some time. Aquarium Specialty's had them on their website, but haven't gotten them in (although apparently they will soon) and I've been patiently waiting. I was using H2O's algae magnet with the stick that floats nori so it's not against the glass, but that broke pretty quickly. IMHO, magnets make aquarium equipment so, so, so much more manageable than trying to get good working suction cups that invariably eventually fail. Yeah, algae magnet!!!!

      P.S.-Now if we can just get all the heater companies to use them rather than horrible suction cups…it's the little things in life!!!

    2. unknown reefer
      January 20, 2010 at 7:17 PM | Permalink

      its really ridiculous how this barley came out in 2010. and the most surprising is that there is a patent on it too. he going to be rich (er).

    3. BigIan
      January 20, 2010 at 8:18 PM | Permalink

      Looks clean, I can't stand the suction cup clips!

      Nicholas, great idea on the magnetic heater holders!

    4. jmaneyapanda
      January 21, 2010 at 1:51 AM | Permalink

      What is the “strength” of the actual algae CLIP? I have just as much issue with it not gripping striong enough to hold the nori from the fish yanking it out, as I do the suction cup giving way. I have found the other TLF clip to be above average, but too easy to disassemble (inadvertantly), and end up losing pieces all the time.

      I know, a petty issue, but hey, make the whole thing better, right?

    5. Nicholas Sadaka
      January 21, 2010 at 12:09 PM | Permalink

      Hi Biglan-just wanted to let you know that JBJ's new heater with controller does appear to come with magnets to hold the heating unit. It's by no means cheap though, which is why I haven't gotten it. I think Zoo-Med also makes universal magnets which could serve that purpose as well, but seems much more sensible and only slightly more expensive for them to just offer magnet mounts with all heaters, right? They really do make things MUCH, MUCH easier and I can tell by the amount of replies to Eric's article that I'm not the only one!!!

    6. bigian
      January 21, 2010 at 12:32 PM | Permalink

      Nicholas, thanks for the heads up. I think the magnets are not only more convenient but they're more sterile to use, I say sterile for lack of a better word but Im sure it'll get the point across…

    7. Guest
      January 21, 2010 at 3:20 PM | Permalink

      Definitely not a new idea, these have been around and been DIY'd before (http://www.mag-racks.com/magclips.htm). I'm surprised that mag-float hasn't jumped on the idea sooner, they could've retained their “patent” on items using magnets that float.

    8. Nicholas Sadaka
      January 22, 2010 at 10:25 AM | Permalink

      Yeah, I agree…not a new idea, but certainly one that has been underutilized. The Mag Racks and Mag Frags and even the larger rock that magnetizes to the rear or sides of the tanks have all been great ideas, I've thought, but I can't understand why they haven't basically taken the place of ALL suction cup products. I'd imagine they are a little more expensive, but I think most would agree that it's worth the slight expensive. I'm still waiting to hear someone who says “You guys are way off, I LOVE suction cups”!!! Not sure if that person exists.

    9. glassboxdesign
      January 24, 2010 at 12:26 PM | Permalink

      I thought I'd add, what makes the VeggieMag unique is not that it ismagnetic–this has been done before, but the special cling material that is used allows a much smaller magnet to be used. It is just over 1.5″ in diameter and works up to 3/4″ glass and floats. A job well done by Julian.

    10. January 24, 2010 at 6:26 PM | Permalink

      I thought I’d add, what makes the VeggieMag unique is not that it ismagnetic–this has been done before, but the special cling material that is used allows a much smaller magnet to be used. It is just over 1.5″ in diameter and works up to 3/4″ glass and floats. A job well done by Julian.

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