by Richard Back
During last year's Superzoo in Las Vegas (show for just stores and distributors), I was introduced to LOOP ecosystem. It was a neat concept that grabbed my attention because it showed great promise for people with smaller tanks (as well as big tanks) and people who didn't want to spend ton of money but wanted more control for their aquarium.
So, what is LOOP? LOOP is extremely simple, all-in-one ecosystem that was made by Current USA. It's a modular system that can control your light, wave makers and DC pump for return pump.
Check out the video that I shot last month in Orlando for Global Pet Expo Show with Current.
Over the few months that I haven't seen them (from MACNA to Global Pet Expo), looks like Current has been working extremely hard.
Check out the look at app here. (I believe I was the first to show the app off to the public with my live video)
For the price you pay, you would expect something that will look cheap but that's not the case here. Well thought out design that mirrors their IR remote completely, it's attractive and intuitive.
First the LED set up using their Orbit IC. Extremely easy setup and versatile.
Here are the functions for the wave makers.
Looking at all of this, I decided to outfit my wife's new kitchen tank with their system.
Orbit IC light looks very slick with their mount (bonus points from wife for good installation) and their small wave makers are surprisingly powerful. I can feel the pulsing wave setting from across the tank when I was placing corals and placing rocks in certain way. Out of curiosity I tested PAR reading at 100% intensity at all channels are reading at 130 PAR on average on the sand bed which will be perfect for what my wife wants to achieve with this tank.
(Zoanthids, Palys, Blastos, Acans, Rock Nems and Ricordias) I would not recommend them for hard core SPS lovers as I don't think PAR that you "WANT" would be there for you but if you are looking to grow SPS as part of mixed reef, it can certainly and will grow most of the SPS as well. Visually, colors looked great and the different colors were blended well with no noticeable disco ball effect.
Sorry for the dark picture but look at those shimmers! Something that I really love about LED and MH fixtures.
In conclusion, if you are in the market for affordable, simple to set up, use and complete system do give a look at Current USA's LOOP system. You will be pleasantly surprised as I was.
You can check out the complete LOOP packages from good folks at Saltwateraquarium.com here.
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