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Friday, April 8th, 2011

Eshopps has just released their new website. The new and much improved design is dynamic, and is more heavily focused on graphics and images. Product pages are easily reached through a new navigation system. The home page is primarily flash, so those of you on any Apple mobile device (i.e. iPhone iPad) will be unable to view it, although once you click any of the footer links, you will be served basic html pages. The home page navigation seems to be complete, but once you go into the site, you will notice that almost none of the drop downs work (at the time of writing)

Product specs and features have already been loaded, and it seems as if Eshopps is in the process of updating photographs. The full line of overflow boxes, filters, protein skimmers and ornaments pages are already there, with a demo section and part store coming soon. Overall the design is really nice, and we’re happy to see Eshopps improving their online presence. Once completed, this new tool will be an excellent resource for the many Eshopps clients.

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

In a recent press release, Atlantis Marine World formally announced plans for expansion. The plans include an exhibition center, expanded catering facilities, and a hotel. The 97,498 square-foot, $24 million expansion will “take visitors beneath the waves and beyond the ocean.”

The only public aquarium on Long Island, opened in June of 2000 and promised to make an impact on downtown Riverhead, continually attract visitors, and reinvent itself as needed. Well, it seems that the recent relationship with TD Bank will help in makes sure these promises come true.

“This year, our Aquarium is celebrating its 10th Anniversary, and in what seems to be a wave of new investment in downtown Riverhead, we are finally kicking off our long‐awaited phase two of our original construction plans, thanks in part to the financing by TD Bank,” announces Aquarium co‐owner and co‐founder, Jim Bissett. “This has been a long road, we have spent more than five years in design development – working with the town, the state, and the county to make sure that the best project possible would come to our downtown’s Main Street, and we are happy to be bringing along with it more than 200 construction jobs and nearly 100 permanent jobs for new operations.”

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

The 12W LED Aquarium Light from E.Shine uses optional 30/60/90/120 degree optics to provide the right combination of intensity and blend. Using both bright white and blue LEDs this 12W LED Aquarium light uses CREE or BridgeLux LEDs to ensure consistency and performance. Using a 90 degree optics this LED light puts out the following PAR values:

Although details about E.Shine’s products are scarce at this point, we will continue keep you up-to-date on the latest in LED news.

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Premium Aquatics: 14K 250watt HQI Double End Halide Bulb – Was: $64.99; Now only: $55.99.
Marine Depot: $20 off Tunze Nano DOC Protein Skimmer 9002, was $146.39; Now only $126.39
That Pet Place: American Marine Pinpoint pH Monitor Was: $98.99; Now only: $91.89
Bulk Reef Supply: 10% off Loc-Line Modular Piping

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

The Gobiesox Clingfish larvae I’ve been raising started settling at 25 days and have now completed metamorphosis. They look like exact replicas of their parents now, fins and all. It’s easy to tell when Clingfish settle because they start clinging to surfaces rather than free swimming (I’m now almost certain of their species, since it takes longer for Gobiesox punctulatus to settle than G. strumosus). They have been growing faster and eating more than ever since settling and are now about 3/4″ long. They are expert live Tigriopus copepods hunters; soon I will start giving them a little bit of Cyclop eeze, which is a great transition food for small fry.

I apologize for the grainy settlement photos, I’m not taking macro shots of them anymore since it’s too difficult to pry them off the walls without stressing them. It was much easier when they were free swimming, and I could quickly catch and photograph them before they even knew what was happening. I want to make sure they grow up happy and healthy.

development photos:

Eggs and parents

4 and 7 days old

10 and 15 days old

23 days old almost settled

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

CoralVue will soon be stocking the new NEUCO Deep Blue Star 20K metal halide lamps. These metal halide bulbs produce a color and crispness that rivals that of the ever popular Radium 20K bulbs. NEUCO designed the Deep Blue Star to provide continuous, quality, blue spectrum. Many hobbyists turn to a 20K bulb to bring out brilliant florescent colors  from their corals, while still providing substantial PAR.

The German-manufactured Deep Blue Star 20,000K bulb will be available in both Double Ended (DE) and Single Ended 250W versions. A 400W SE version will also be available. These bulbs were developed to fire on any electronic ballast. Although they will work with magnetic ballasts, the color temperatures may vary. For consistency and expected performance, it is recommended that electronic ballasts are used. Additionally, electronic ballasts will ensure optimal color and life.

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

From the company that brought us the famous line of VorTech propeller pumps, comes a new Coral Glue. Designed to work with both for gluing frags and aquascaping, Coral Glue from EcoTech Marine offers a superior inter-molecular bonding that is easy to apply. Said to set in 10 seconds and cure in 5 minutes, the pH neutral glue has a gel-like consistency and is triple distilled for purity. An interesting claim is the “non-gloggin pin cap”, which any current superglue user should be interested in.

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

We have decided to consolidate the deals and discounts sections:

Premium Aquatics: IceCap 400watt NEW Style Halide Ballast $99.99, regular price $184.99
Marine Depot: 20% off Hamilton Cayman 250W Sun Reflector USE Coupon Code: CAYMAN250SAVINGS
That Pet Place: Eshopps PF Nano Overflow Box – Up to 50 Gallons $39.89, regular price $45.99
Bulk Reef Supply: 10% off Eheim Aquarium Pumps!

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

The Marinelife Aquarium Society of Michigan (MASM) is have their Monster Swap on April 17th, 2011 at 12 PM. The frag swap will last from noon – 3PM although sellers may begin setup at 11AM. $3 Admission for buyers, with MASM, MMMC and GRMAS members being admitted for free (with proof of membership). This swap, and others like it, reduce the stress on wild reefs, as they focus on the trade of corals raised in captivity. MASM is committed to help reduce the aquarium trade’s impact on the reefs around the world by increasing the awareness of captive raised and propagated marine organisms.

The event will be held at the Cranbrook Institute of Science, 39221 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303.

Speakers/Highlights For This Event Include

* Refractometer Calibration Station
– Bring your refractometers in for some calibration and training (12:00 PM)

* Mark Eisenhandler
– Fish selection for the reef Aquaria (1:00 PM)

For more information click here.

Monday, April 4th, 2011

We are very excited to provide you with a first look at the Prism AC LED Fixture by Unique LED Lighting. The Prism AC is a fan-less fixture, which features 18 Cree XP-E LEDs, 9 Cool White and 9 Royal Blue. The Prism AC has dual-dimmable controls, allowing us to control the intensity of each color spectrum. This extra level of control can achieve colors from 460nm to 8500 K.

LED Lighting did a good job packing the light, each element is individually wrapped, for ultimate protection. Our first impression is that this fixture is very solid. The dimming control knobs feel sturdy, and the power cord wiring is well done. Each color channel is clearly marked and setup is quite simple. Installing the hanging kit was very easy, just slide the acrylic pieces into place, and tighten the screw. We will be adding this fixture over one of our tanks shortly, and will post an update.

Here are some photos that showcase the Prism AC.

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