Italian aquarium co. X-Aqua recently showed off their wares in Nuremburg as part of InterZoo and already their products are trickling in. A proper hat tip to Captive Aquatics is in order for their unboxing pictures. As the name implies, the X-Inout gets water in the aquarium from the sump and back to it, serving […]
Italian aquarium co. X-Aqua recently showed off their wares in Nuremburg as part of InterZoo and already their products are trickling in. A proper hat tip to Captive Aquatics is in order for their unboxing pictures. As the name implies, the X-Inout gets water in the aquarium from the sump and back to it, serving as a wavemaker and overflow device in one. At this time we’ve got no word on landed price. The device retails in the EU for €120 or $148 USD.
At first glance the XInout is a simple, compact and elegant solution to reef aquarium overflows and returns. The small form factor works on nearly any sized aquarium, and the all-in-one design greatly simplifies return and overflow plumbing. However, there are still some engineering questions to be answered by the Italians.
Dual X-inout devices creating a pulsating wave motion in X-Aqua’s InterZoo display tank
The molded plastic does not provide any evidence of how the pulsing wave action is created on the return portion. The closed, non-electric design, points to water powered gears, a la the SCWD–but we know how well those can work. As we’ve learned from the SCWD, access to these internal parts can be the difference between a functioning aquarium product and a dust collecting aquarium-stand ornament. And because the change in flow is not originating from the pump motor, this means more pressure your return pump will face. X Aqua states the maximum flow rate for the X-Inout is 2,000 l/h or 528 gph.
We’re also curious how the X-inout handles air in its overflow pipe. We see no air regulation device or holes drilled–and while we’ve heard from a few trusted sources that overflow is relatively silent, we’re left wondering if that was “tradeshow quiet” or “bedroom quiet”.
I don’t expect X-aqua to divulge everything, although they do list on their website that the product is patented. I’m just hesitant to jump on the OMG BBQ FTW bandwagon just yet.
UPDATE: Looks like the X-Inout will retail in the U.S for $180. Oddly with FX and shipping included it would be marginally less to have it landed from the EU. Reefing arbitrage?
More to the point, Fins Reef touts in the comments below that there are no moving parts and it cannot be heard when your ear is next to it. That said, we’re still waiting to see a patent #. Check out the video from Fins Reef below.
Is the X-Inout the next Durso + Wavebox? See the full X-inout stats below.
• The particular internal conformation of the water flow in this new model enables the distribution of an impulse flow which creates a beneficial wave effect.
• It is fixed externally.
• It prevents altering the volume of the tank.
• It prevents from having to empty the tank when changing the o-ring as with normal well-traps.
• It eliminates risk of leakage.
• It does not require the perforation of the bottom of the tank, where there is always the risk of braking the tank’s bottom sheet of glass.
• Calibrated water flow to enable blockage in case the pump goes off.
• Adjustable junction for directing water flow.
• Wide-mesh suction grid which is removable for clearing from sedimentation.
Tighten the nuts with your hands using very little pressure. To guarantee hermetic sealing this instrument is provided with an o-ring. It is important for the holes in the glass to be perfectly calibrated to guarantee impermeability. X-IN.OUT can work at a maximum pumped water flow of 2000 lt/h. X-IN.OUT is created with a central fracture so it can be divided in two parts and manage the two phases of inward flow and outward flow separately.