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Saturday, September 26th, 2009

With the VorTech MP10, EcoTech Marine has raised the bar once again. Employing EcoTech Marine’s patented VorTech technology, the MP10 produces up to 1,575 gallons per hour of broad yet gentle flow. Similarly to the popular MP40W and MP20, this model places the motor outside of the tank, eliminating heat transfer, any possibility of stray current, and reducing in-tank footprint.

EcoTech Marine now provides a visual representation of the in-tank footprint difference using scaled photographs.

Friday, September 25th, 2009

A update to this truly remarkable SPS dominated reef tank by Anagonbe. This beautiful Japanese style reef  aquarium is absolutely stacked with Acropora colonies  which you can see were placed in zones based on growth patterns. The right side of this incredible tank is dominated by tabling Acropora species where the left side displays mostly branching colonies. An amazing stock list of tangs, clowns, angles, and many other reef fish populate this colorful aquarium.

Friday, September 25th, 2009

We introduced the new Fluval G Series of filters in Fluval G Filter from Hagen: Designed by Consumers. Well, here comes the official Press Release from Hagen. The new G Series takes a huge aesthetics leap forward. “The Future of Filtration”, combines sleek appearance with elite performance.

Here is the Official Press Release:

Rolf C. Hagen, Inc. is marketing its new Fluval G Filtration System around the theme, The Future of Filtration. In that case, the “future” looks very bright indeed for aquarium hobbyists and the Fluval dealers who serve them. The introduction of the Fluval G not only sets a new standard for aquarium filters, it essentially redefines the entire category by offering a unique combination of aesthetics, monitoring capabilities and performance features.

Aquarium enthusiasts will be able to tell that the Fluval G is no ordinary filtration system just by looking at it. The new filter is so stunningly attractive, it almost demands to be shown as part of the aquarium, rather than being hidden away behind cabinetry. Evoking a contemporary high-tech image, the Fluval G features a stylish cubic design, a gloss back finish, chrome and aluminum detailing and a backlit monitoring display.

The easy-to-read backlit display is part of the Fluval G’s revolutionary Hydrotech™ Performance Monitor System. Actually to call the Fluval G a “Filtration System” isn’t completely accurate. Thanks to its advanced microprocessor-based Hydrotech™ Monitor, the Fluval G can more aptly be described as a “Filtration and Information System.”

Featuring 63 distinct screens, the Hydrotech™ Performance Monitor puts a world of information at the hobbyist’s fingertips, including water temperature, water flow, conductivity, salinity and other aquarium parameters. The monitoring system automatically alerts hobbyists by flashing if any of the set parameters deviate from the optimal range of readings. For example, the screen will flash if water temperature is too high or too low.

The Hydrotech™ Performance Monitor also shows historical charts (typically 48 days) for different parameters, so the aquarium hobbyist can identify and address recurring issues. Another very attractive feature is the Maintenance Scheduler. Customizable to meet the needs of individual users, the scheduler serves as a reminder to perform important tasks, such as changing filter media. All of the readings, historical data and reminders generated by the monitoring system are presented in an intuitive, user-friendly form.

Raising the bar in filtration performance, the Fluval G features a high capacity 3-stage filtration process that includes:

1. Mechanical Filtration Cartridge – Featuring a long lasting pleated pre-filter cartridge that traps significantly more debris than traditional foam filter models. This is a closed system in the Fluval G, so all water that flows through the filter must first pass through the pre-filter cartridge for pre-cleaning. The pre-filter cartridge is available in two formats: standard weave and 75μm for marine aquariums or water polishing in freshwater tanks. The effectiveness of the Fluval G’s pre-filtration process means that less solid waste is solubilized in the aquarium water for less waste accumulation and also makes the chemical and biological filtration components of the system more effective.

2. Chemical Filtration Cartridge – The Fluval G offers a combination of media options to make chemical filtration simpler and more efficient. Featuring high-capacity ionic exchange filtration media, the system will efficiently remove nitrates, phosphates and waste. For pure consumer flexibility, the chemical cartridges can be refilled with any type media the aquarium owner chooses.

3. Biological Filtration – The Fluval G Bio Baskets filled with the new Fluval G Nodes accommodate billions of nitrifying bacteria to purify aquarium water. The Fluval G’s biological filtration media comes in two sizes for maximum compaction and lasts six months before maintenance is required.

The Fluval G’s filtration system also features extended contact time to clean water more effectively. All media used in the filtration process can be changed promptly with little or no mess and no disruption to the aquarium. The pre-filter and chemical filter media are housed in separate cartridges, both of which are readily accessible from the top of the filter. This timesaving feature allows hobbyists to remove the media for replacement or cleaning without having to disassemble the filter itself and disturb the biological filtration.

Having filter cartridges readily accessible from the top of the filter is only one of the convenient features that make the Fluval G easy to maintain. The system’s proprietary Aqua Stop feature allows users to stop water flow through the filter, so its housing can be disconnected quickly and easily. Another feature, the Primer Button, starts water flow promptly without manual siphoning when the system is being set up or restarted.

Other features, such as the silicon gasket and locking levers, contribute to the Fluval G’s long-term reliability, durability and quiet performance. The telescopic intake tube that adjusts to different aquarium depths ensures the optimal flow of water into the filter, while the dual output nozzles or spray bars help ensure maximum dispersal of water when it flows out.
No possible enhancement feature has been overlooked in developing the Fluval G.

With its designer aesthetics, cutting-edge Hydrotech™ Performance Monitor System, superior filtration process and other performance features, the Fluval G Series represents not only the next step in the evolution of the Fluval brand. . .but the arrival of the future of filtration!

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Euro-Reef is having fun this summer with their version of an “Easter Egg Hunt”. Somewhere within their website is a hidden link also known as an “Easter Egg”. This “Easter Egg” link, when clicked on, will take you to a page with a code that you will e-mail to them to claim the prize, a limited edition Euro-Reef BBE180 protein skimmer valued at $300!!

The first person to send them an e-mail with the code WINS!! Good Luck!!

Click here to visit the Euro-Reef website and play!

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

The new Nilsen (kalk) Reactors from My Reef Creations provide simple and complete control over kalkwasser dosing. Each of the Nilsen reactors come with a programmable touchpad interface which allows the hobbyist to set mixing timing intervals. The MRC interface can be set in intervals down to the second, giving the hobbyist the ability to customize mixing times to fit their system.

Unlike many other Nilsen Reactors, the MRC reactors feature a heavy-duty external pump (Panworld/Blueline), providing more powerful and reliable performance. The unit requires only one power cord, connected to the LCD display. The pump connects to the control panel with a waterproof connector.

There are currently three models available, small, standard and large. All three models have an 18″ tall chamber, and are 4 1/2″, 6″, and 8″ in diameter, respectively.

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

This is the first o Hagen‘s 3-part series previewing their new Fluval G Series filter. Beginning 2 years ago, Hagen and Fluval had set out to develop the ideal aquarium filter. Hagen and Fluval realized just how important consumer input is to the development of new products, so over the past 2 years, the commissioned an independent research agency to hold focus groups in various locations around the world. To get further input, Hagen conducted online surveys and contacted hundreds of retailers and fishkeeping experts.

The goal behind this momentous task was to achieve a better understanding of what today’s aquarists expect from the ideal filter.

While aquarium filter technology has not changed in a major way in the last 20 years, that is all about to change as the Fluval G will launch aquarium filtration into the 21st century.

The official debut of the Fluval G Series is October of 2009. We will keep you updated with the latest news.

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Skimming, filtering and aerating a saltwater aquarium without power consumption is impossible. But, no unit uses less current than TUNZE® DOC Skimmer 9410. At a power consumption of only 12 W (16 W), the new DOC Skimmer has equivalent performance to much larger skimmers consuming more than twice as much power. In addition, no settings are required; it is extremely silent; it is easy to operate and it is nice to look at.

DOC Skimmer 9410 easily placed in aquarium cabinet filters with a variable level and requires no settings for operation. It operates in conjunction with TUNZE® Hydrofoamer 9410.04, which ensures foam production and water circulation at the same time. The open water circuit ensures a water flow rate of 900 l/h (237 USgal./h). Skimmer cup and foam reactor are one unit like in all TUNZE® DOC skimmers: Every cleaning of the skimmer cup leads to the reactor being cleaned at the same time, and thus a very constant and efficient foam production is ensured.

During the cleaning process, the Hydrofoamer remains operational and automatically flushes the air passages.

In order to use the water energy at the outlet of the skimmer, the DOC skimmer is fitted with a removable post-filter which carries out a perfect mechanical filtration through 50µm acrylic wadding fibres with minimal biological action.  This ensures that no unwanted nutrients and nitrate sources develop in case of longer cleaning intervals. The post-filter can also be filled with other filter media, such as activated carbon or phosphate absorbers; its spare filter can be replaced easily.

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Want free reef additives? CaribSea is now promoting their new line of additives by letting you try one of their products absolutely free of charge. CaribSea is

so sure you are going to love our new products, that we are going to let you try one for free! This is a limited time offer, so act fast. Pick either our ReefCal™ calcium supplement, or our BufferPlus™ immediate and time release buffer.

Simply email your choice of either CaribSea Buffer Plus or CaribSea ReefCal to, together with your name and address.

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

A few weeks ago we featured a video of David Saxby’s Reef Aquarium. We just came across a High Definition video from may of 09 showing the current state of the tank. This amazing reef tank was stripped down in August of 08 and then put back together with more emphasis on SPS and many smaller fish. If you are unfamiliar with David’s tank, it is considered as one of the nicer privately owned reef tanks around. The diversity and health of the livestock is simply inspiring. This large reef tank is stocked with variety of wrasses, anthias, bangai cardinals, yellow tangs, purple tangs, several other large tangs, and so much more. If you love reef aquariums, these will be nine minutes and fifty two seconds well worth spending.

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Another batch of goodies from Marine Depot

Digital Aquatics ReefKeeper Module RKM-SL2
The RKM-SL2 is the newest System Lab module from Digital Aquatics. It’s a big leap forward with fully (and individually,) isolated ph and salinity ports. On top of that, the Digital Aquati
cs salinity probe is equipped with full digital temperature compensation built in! This make it easy to calibrate and ideal for testing a variety of tanks. Whether you’re mixing for a water change, monitoring your main system, checking up on a quarantine or frag tank the SL2 with conductivity probe will report a true and accurate value!

Digital Aquatics Salinity Probe
The Digital Aquatics conductivity probe’s new robust design allows for good water flow past the electrode and is easy to clean. The updated design will last years if properly cleaned and
cared for. Each salinity probe is equipped with the ability to provide full temperature compensation for superior monitoring over a range of applications. Click here to view Digital Aquatics’ new Salinity Probe Calibration Solution.

Kent Marine Salt Creep Eliminator 8oz
Kent Marine’s Salt Creep Eliminator is a non-toxic solution to protect your valuable equipment from rust, corrosion and other forms of
salt damage. Uses trusted Coralife formula to block corrosion and inhibitors and inhibit salt adhesion. Safe around live aquarium environments.

Kent Marine Acrylic & Glass Cleaner / Polisher 8oz
Kent Marine’s Acrylic/Glass Cleaner-Polisher is a non-toxic anti-static formula that makes your glass or acrylic aquarium sparkle
. Uses trusted Coralife formula to add a protective layer that repels water spots, fingerprints and dust. Environmentally safe and harmless to tank inhabitants.

Two Little Fishies Phosban Reactor 550
Two Little Fishies’ Phosban Reactor 150 is a staple amongst most aquarists who keep SPS corals. So much so that you often see Phosban used interchangeably with the term GFO or Granular Ferric Oxide. To meet the demand of larger tanks and reduce the
number of Phosban Reactors needed, TLF has created the Phosban 550 reactor for aquariums up to 600 gallons. It can be mounted hanging on the back of the aquarium or below the aquarium. Includes ball valve for regulating flow, and flexible connection fittings that rotate 180 degrees to allow a perfect custom fit to your installation.

Coralife Aqualight Dual Lamp High Output Fixture
Coralife Aqualight High Output T5 Fixtures provide significantly more light than conventional fluorescent systems. High Output T5 lighting is an excellent choice for saltwater, r
eef or freshwater tropical aquariums. The unit includes adjustable mounting legs, a low profile design, 10,0000K daylight and actinic blue lamps, single power cord, built-in on/off switch and acrylic splash guard. Available in 24”, 30”, 36” and 48” sizes.

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