When I saw this product debut I thought, “It’s about time”. How many of us have just used a bit of Styrofoam to do this same thing? I have. But that seems to attract mold and algae to it and also I am always worried that it is leaching some chemical into the water. It’s such a simple product that fulfills a need for aquarists.
Personally, I hate clips that suction onto my tank. It’s a minor pain to reload them. Some people will rubber band their algae sheets to a rock. This is great for the fish but also a minor pain. Being able to just grab the float and hook the algae on, that’s a nice idea. It also allows the fish to work its muscles as it goes after the food.
I haven’t used the product yet so I can’t say for sure if this is true but the one thing I worry about is it getting caught in power heads or just being drawn over to the overflow and staying there. I would rather it kind of circulate much the way water lettuce or frogspawn does in a freshwater tank. I will be getting one of these eventually and will test it out and let you all know in a proper review. It’s an intriguing enough of an idea that I do want one and think it fills a need that exists. This will especially be nice for my yellow tang.
The price I was able to find on Amazon was about $13 which seems high to me. I would rather pay half that to make it worth my while because in the end I could still make my own version. If I don’t want to use foam I could find something else that would work. Even a floating key fob, like boat owners often have, would do the job. Also, the clip appears to be metal. I find this an odd choice for something that goes into a marine tank. Salt water eats metal readily. The clip is obviously stainless steel but in my experience when it comes to salt water that doesn’t always mean as much as you think it would.