A blog by W. Brian Murphy

Ramblings from a mind in overdrive

Julians Thing

Two Little Fishies ATLJT Julians Thing Multi Purpose Tool


Here’s a handy little aquarium gadget to let you blow detritus off you rocks with some degree of precision.  Also a good target feeder!


From Amazon’s site:  Julian’s Thing is a NEW multi-purpose device. Use it for feeding corals, for feeding anemones, for feeding zoanthids, for feeding seahorses and other timid or slow moving fishes. Use it for applying solutions onto Aiptasia and manjano anemones. Use it to siphon out small things or to blow jets to clean the sand. Patent pending design by Julian Sprung.

A couple great protein skimmers for your saltwater aquarium

Protein skimmers are a fantastic way to remove waste from your aquarium, making a healthier environment for your fish, corals and inverts.  They work by having a rising column of tiny bubbles.  The wastes that accumulate in an aquarium, dissolved and suspended in the water column, stick to the bubbles and make a kind of sludgy foam which collects in a cup.  Nature does the same thing.  You’ve seen it if you’ve ever been at the beach and see the brownish-tan foam that washes up on the shoreline.  There are literally hundreds of different brands and models of protein skimmers; many suck.  These do not.  In fact they are great.


The first is the ASM G-3.  I don;t have this one, but a friend of mine with a 265 gallon tank does and it’s a fantastic skimmer.  If you don’t happen to have a 265 gallon tank, don;t worry, they make smaller ones as well.  Click the link and check them out!

ASM G-3 Protein Skimmer w/ Sedra 5000 Pump


The second skimmer I’ll introduce you to, is what I use on my 65 gallon mixed reef (actually about 80 gallons when you include my sump volume).  This thing pulls some nasty, funky brown skimmate (ie: crud) from my tank.  It’s great, and the price is reasonable, too.  Coralife is a trusted name in the reefkeeping hobby/addiction world and make great products.  They also come in different sizes.  If you follow the link, you can check out the others as well.

Coralife 05272 Super Skimmer with Pump, 125-Gallon

Please check these out, and thanks for checking out my page!  Hopefully I’ll get some video of my skimmer in action, soon!

Great Aquarium Powerheads!

I needed some increased flow in my mixed reef tank.  I’ve been doing some research on it and really wanted Tunzes.  But the cost of them are astronomical.  Well, a company called Jebao has come out with a similar unit for a fraction of the cost.  I just put one (WP-25) in my 65 gallon mixed reef, saltwater tank today and it is amazing!  ONE powerhead replaced the three I had in the tank which makes the tank MUCH more appealing to look at.  Check them out!

They also have a controller to use it as a wavemaker, and a feature on the WP-25 and larger is a light sensor that can tell when your lights are off and reduces the flow in the tank automatically!

Here’s a couple youtube videos of the WP-25 in action (not of my tank, mind you!)


WP-10 (for a smaller tank)   Moves 530-1000 GPH!

Jebao WP-10 Wavemaker with Controller, 530 to 1000 GPH

WP-25 (What I chose for my 65 Gallon tank)  Moves 800-2,000 gallons/hour!

Jebao WP-25 Wavemaker with Controller, 800gph-2000gph

WP-40 moves 900-3,400 GPH!

Jebao WP-40 Wavemaker with Controller, 900gph-3400gph


And for you big tank owners, here’s the WP-60…

Jebao WP-60 Wavemaker with Controller, 2600gph to 5300gph