A brand new, high profile product from EcoTech Marine has just been outed. According to a recent Reefs.com post, the Pennsylvania-based aquarium equipment manufacturers who are well known for their VorTech pumps and Radion LED fixtures, are in the works to release their own programmable controller called ReefLink. This news doesn’t come to us from a press release, spy photos, or even leaked emails, but instead a trademark filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. And while most of the aquarium world will be blindsided with this information, we’ve actually been expecting it for some time now.
Way back at the beginning of 2012, we predicted that EcoTech Marine would produce a controller. Of course, it didn’t happen that year, but we still felt confident in our prediction and stated it once more at the beginning of 2013. Admittedly, both of those predictions were a generalized with nothing to go on, but we’re certainly glad to hear that an EcoTech controller may finally be in the works.
So, what will this new controller do? What will it be capable of? Obviously, those answers remain to be seen at this point, but given EcoTech’s foray into wireless communications between their Radion light fixture and VorTech pumps, we suspect that the controller’s functionality will be centered around this as well. Will the new ReefLink function like a regular aquarium controller? We doubt it. Neptune Systems, Digital Aquatics, and a bevy of other companies already have that market covered. Plus, EcoTech has a rather extensive relationship with Neptune Systems that would only be marred by their entry into the aquarium controller realm. But, this is all speculation at this point, and we’ll just have to wait until the rumors and updates trickle out of the normally tight-lipped EcoTech Marine staffers.