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Archive for March, 2011

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

What a treat. “Casper” the white tang is on display at World Wide Corals. This beautiful fish is living a good life in one of WWC’s amazing reef tanks. This beautiful 293 gallon reef tank is also home to a Chevron Tang, a Black Tang, Yellow Tang, Achilles Tang, a variety of wrasses and other reef fish. We’ll be updating our readers shortly with new photos and info.

[via WWC]

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

We reported the release of the Kessil Lighting A150W LED Aquarium light back in mid March. We wanted to show you a video of the new 14K Kessil A150W in action. This video, shot at the Dolphin Pet Village in Campbell, CA., showcases the new 14K A150W over a reef tank. They love the compact design of the A150W, and the 14K color looks great. Great polyp extension, and growth has been reported, along with improved coloring. The glimmer/shimmer of the LEDs are very much evident in this video, mimicking natural sunlight.

Remember that the Kessil Lighting A150W uses Dense Matrix LED™, which packs 21 chips into an area that is as small as a dime. This LED light features a simple reflector which maximizes light intensity and focus.

Please click here for a closer look at the A150W from Kessil.

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

The Anti-Illegal Fishing Task Force, together with Barangay officials, seized 11 sacks of acropora and pocillopora corals in Sitio Kolo at around 1 p.m. The sacks of rare corals were confiscated Sunday afternoon, from a Barangay Punta Engaño, Lapu-Lapu City beach-side lot.

Officials were notified that someone was collecting rare corals, and immediately went into action where they found a pile of corals. Barangay Punta Engaño Councilor Josie Hayashi guesses the perpetrators must have seen them and escaped in an effort to avoid being apprehended. The corals had been cleaned, and were most likes about to get crushed to be used as filling material.

Removing corals is a violation of the Republic Act 8550, the Fisheries Code of 1998. This weeks event follows another violation by Barangay Punta Engaño Captain Lourdes Ibag, who was arrested after being caught allegedly exporting rare corals and shells from her home.

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, Italian architect and design firm Cesana introduces the Plano Acquario – a custom shower with a built in aquarium. I mean, I know we all love our tanks but…

The Plano Acquario is pretty slick though. The custom-built shower can contain an aquarium which is visible from both sides (shy people beware). Now, if for some reason, a fish tank is not to your liking (read: you’re crazy), the enclosure can house a greenhouse, a shelf of even a TV.

Hmmmm, now let’s see, how can we retrofit some LEDs in this thing so that we can grow some SPS?

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Here is a week 10 video of the famous Rimless Reef 2. The72″x36″x22″ Rimless tank was built by Miracles Aquariums in Ontario Canada. The 246 gallon reef tank, has starphire on 2 sides, and utilizes external coast to coast overflow on the right side with 2 1.5″ drains, and a 1″ return. A Vortech MP40W and an MP20W take care of the flow, with a few Tunze Nano’s “here and there”. The skimmer chosen for this system is a Deltec AP851, while alkalinity and calcium are maintained with Randy’s Two Part Solution.

Check out rimless reef for more info.

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Last week, we write about the beautiful Spanish Flagfish available at NJ-based Absolutely Fish. Well, thanks to the great team at Absolutely Fish, we have some more eye candy for you.

Here are photos of Spanish Flag Fish currently at Absolutely Fish, plus 2 others they had in the past. The adult specimen was about 6 inches, while the other one is about 3 inches in length. The one depicted in the video we showed last week, is also about 3 inches.

Remember that in order to catch one of these beauties, divers went down to a depth of 500 feet, a task that took them 2 hours. At that point, they had no longer than 10 minutes to located and catch a Spanish Flag, before beginning an 8 hour trip back to the surface.

photo credit Absolutely Fish

Monday, March 28th, 2011

ZEOvit has just released the latest in their Dream Tank of the Quarter Series. Emmanuel Pourol (loripes) has been chosen to display his beautiful system. This 2 in 1 system includes a 190 gallon and a 90 gallon display tanks. Together with a 71 gallon sump, the system totals at approx 350 gallons. 8 54W T5’s light up the mixed reef, while 6x24w illuminate the azoox tank. Both are on for 12 hours a day.

AQ. Information:2 tanks in 1 system
Display Tank 1: 130 * 80 * 70: 190 gallons (725 liters)
Display Tank 2: 70 * 70 * 70 90 gallons (343 liters)
Sump: 90 * 50 * 60
71 gallons (270 liters)
Total Volume: 343 gallons (1300 liters)

System parameters
Alkalinity: 8 ° KH (elos)
Calcium: 420 ppm ( tropic marin, elos)
pH: 7.8 – 8.2
Magnesium: 1240 ppm ( tropic marin)
Temperature: 25 – 27 °C
Po4 (Phosphate): 0.01 (hanna photometer)
No3 (Nitrate): 0 (hanna photometer)
Salinity: 34 PSU
Density: 1023 (Aquatronica Probe) Double checked with a refractometer at each water changes.

Lighting Setup: 8 * 54 watts & 6 * 24 watts (azoox tank)

Detail description lighting system:
8 KZ New Generation , 2 Fiji Purple , 2 ATI Blueplus , 2 KZ
Photoperiod: 2 groups of T5
First: 10.30 AM to 10.30 PM
Second: 11 AM to 11 PM

ZEOvit Products
Which ZeoVit products are used / details about dosage
Zeobak : 12 drops weekly
Zeofood7: 12 drops 2 * weekly
Zeostart2: On a dosing pump 1 ml on 24 h
Coralsnow: 14 ml 1 * weekly (mix with Iodide and Zeobak)
Amino acid: 4 * weekly 12 drops
Sponge power: 1 * weekly 14 drops
Coral vitalizer: 4 * weekly 14 drops (very good response on
azoox gorgonians)
K Balance: On demand
Actived Carbon: 700 ml changed every 4 weeks

Salt: Dupla salt , 5% every week

Experiences with the products:
Excellent with all the sps, lps and now with soft and azoox corals.

Ca / KH addition: Ca reactor BBmagus C120 filled with ARM coarse
Reverse Osmosis: RO MAN 5 stages with DI resin (200gpd)
Water Circulation: 2 tunze 6100 – 1 marea 10000- 1 marea 6000
Cooling System: 3 * 6 fans from grotech on the aquatronica computer.
ZEOvit Reaktor: DIY – 3 L of zeolit
Protein Skimmer: Bubble Magus 200 with PSK pump (needlewheel)

Acropora, montipora, stylophora, pocillopora, euphyllia, goniastrea, favia,hydnophora, cycloseris, Seriatopora
Lemnalia ,sarcophyton, sinularia, scleronephthya Gorgonia spp
And soon dendronephthya & tubastrea.

For more information and photos, click here for the full thread.

Friday, March 25th, 2011

On Friday 3/25/2011 from 7:30 am – 4:00 PM PST, Hellolights is offering their 48″ 4 Lamp VHO T5 Retrofit Kit (with bulbs) for the special price of $199.95 (regular $299.95).

Check out the special here.

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

German manufacturer Abyzz is offering an extremely efficient controllable pump. The Abyzz A420 Pump features a titanium impeller, sinusoidal, three-phase synchronous motor and a powerful driver. This low energy motor has an efficiency factor of more than 90%, which along with it’s controllability, yields an outstanding solution for those of us looking to reduce our overall energy consumption. The variable speed Abyzz A420 can be adjusted from 0-100%, and promises to be a low-noise pump. Comprehensive safety features include dry run, temp and overcurrent protection.

With an integrated bearing flushing, the Abyzz A420 Eco provides optimum protection against calcification, while the silicon carbide bearings and strong metal shaft ensure continuous, low-maintenance operation. Although the pump is not self-priming, it can be used but in submersible as well as external applications (freshwater, saltwater, pond filter systems and creeks).

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

ORA had a great display at the 2011 Global Pet Expo. Although this year’s format called for a mid-weeks schedule, the event ended up being a great success. ORA had their usual display tanks, packed solid with ORA fish, ORA Corals and ORA Clams. However, in addition to the famous round tank, and other two standard shaped tanks, ORA featured on or Ecoxotic’s new EcoPico tanks, filled with Elongatus dottybacks.

Another display addition from Ecoxotic, were a pair of 100 watt Cannon LEDs.

ORA also had a display in the Aquatic Lounge, a large ring of Marineland MARS systems positioned in the center of the show floor, and featuring the most sought-after new varieties of fish.

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