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Friday, March 18th, 2011

Red Sea has put out a video demonstrating the use of the Nitrate Pro Test Kit. The video takes you step by step through the setup and testing of a water sample. First you add the correct color-comparing disc to the cool record-player-like turntable. The process is quite simple, you begin by filling two vials with 16ml (each) of water. Then, taking one vial and adding 8 drops of Reagent A, shaking for 15 seconds, adding 5 drops of Reagent B, shaking for 15 seconds, and finally adding 5 drops of reagent C and shaking for 15 seconds. Now we wait for 9 minutes (Jeopardy theme playing).

You than put the vials on the nifty little comparing device and begin to rotate the color disc until you get a match in color. That’s it. In the video, the result was somewhere between 0.75 and 0.50 so they assume you are at about 0.6.

All done. Let us know if you’ve used this product and what you thought.

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Marine Aquarium Expo will be held at the Seattle Center’s Exhibit Hall on July 23-24, 2011. Organizers expect attendance from hobbyists and businesses from the entire nowrthwest.

The Seattle Center is a cultural park that hosts the site of the famous Space Needle, International Fountain, performances by internationally acclaimed theater, ballet, and opera companies. Seattle’s best hotels, shopping and restaurants are located just steps away in the Queen Anne neighborhood or accessed by a two-minute ride downtown on the iconic Seattle Center monorail.

Show Hours are from 10am to 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and Military w/I.D. and is FREE for kids 12 & under. An incredible lineup of Exhibitors is already lined up (with more to com). The current list includes Acan Lighting, Aquatech, EcoXotic, Salt Water City, Wilco Design Group, Ecological Labs, Eheim, Hydor, Red Sea, TFH Magazine, Red Sea, Hikari & Barrier Reef, Aqua Medic, Kordon, Coral Props, Stewarts Frag Farm, Reef Koie, Zoo Med, Wet Pets Hawaii, Zesty Reef, Dr. Tim’s Aquatics, Westside Aquarium, IVS Portal, Digital Aquatics, Sunlight Supply, Marine Geek, Seachem, Two Little Fishies, ReefBrite, Ecotech Marine, Reef and Wholesale.

At this point, the speakers lineup include James Fatherree, Bob Fenner, Dr. Tim Hovanec, Mark Vera.

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Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Nova Southeastern University (NSU) has officially started the construction of the largest coral reef research center in america. With the groundbreaking ceremony on March 9 at its Oceanographic Center, NSU announced the 86,000 square-foot Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems Science Research Facility (rolls right off the tongue….). The $30M building, was funded by NSU matching a $15 million federal stimulus grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology. NSU was actually amongst the top 12 universities (out of 167 applying) to receive the grant, and only one of two who recieved the full $15 million.

“I am thrilled that Nova Southeastern University has this opportunity to continue its leadership role in Florida’s and the nation’s science and research economy,” said Ray Ferrero, Jr., J.D., NSU’s Chancellor “This type of research infrastructure is urgently needed to support economic growth and environmental sustainability in our region.”

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

A few days ago, we reported the release of the Kessil Lighting A150W LED Aquarium Light. We wanted to report some updated details of this great little aquarium led spotlight. The Dense Matrix LED™ discussed in our initial article, packs 21 chips into an area smaller than a dime, resulting in intense output and smooth color mixing. The unique lens that goes over the platform helps draw out the most light possible. The addition of a simple reflector around the A150W LED helps focus the light a bit, and maximize intensity.

The A150W from Kessil Lighting has an integrated cooling system consisting of a specially selected fan that quickly draws heat away from the LED. This helps maintain both the lifetime and efficacy of the LED platform. The SRP for the light is $257.

The unit can either be hung, or mounted with the help a the Kessil Goosneck, which looks sweet!

Here are some more shots of the A150W.

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Premium Aquatics is now offering the ReefBrite 1W Extreme LED Moon Light for $24.99 (regular $64.99). This is a limited time special, and is subject to the quantity they have on hand. At the time the special was posted, there were 50 units left.

Here are some specs from Premium Aquatics:
-1Watt Extreme LED Night Light-5 times brighter than any other LED available.
– Designed for easy retrofit of any metal halide Mogul Socket.
– The LED is designed to light up a 2′ X 2′ Area.
– Price includes power converter.

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Thursday, March 17th, 2011

You got it! As of today, Foster and Smith Aquatics is offering FREE standard shipping for all orders of $49 or more. Orders under $49 are still applied the a $5.99 fee. Naturally this applies to the connecting states only, and additional shipping charges will still apply for expedited shipments. When you browse the website, a blue airplane symbol will indicate items requiring additional shipping fees on expedited or air orders.

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Australian researchers are developing a plan to create a frozen “coral bank” to protect corals from extinction. The plan calls for sections of the Great Barrier Reef to be re-populated from “embryos” which will be kept at the Taronga Zoo. These efforts are important as the Great Barrier Reef is constantly damaged by pollution, global warming, low oxygen levels, etc.

”This is really an insurance program to take the coral out of an uncertain situation and put it in a place that is 100 per cent safe for a very long time,” said the zoo’s manager of research and conservation, Rebecca Spindler. She goes on to note that organic matter can not break down when kept at minus 296F, and therefore can be stored forever. Sperm and eggs from various animals are already being kept at the Taronga Zoo’s liquid nitrogen tanks.

This plan for coral protection will include researchers at Monash University and the Australian Institute of Marine Science, a world-leader in coral studies.

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) has put our a press release urging people around the world to “Donate for Japan”. In a joined effort with its Japanese regional associate (JAZA), WAZA highlights the need to help the aquariums and zoos in northern Japan.

“After the horrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan, WAZA is trying to provide financial support for emergency assistance. The most affected zoos and aquariums urgently need help in order to protect staff and save animals”, said Executive Director of WAZA, Gerald Dick

With substantial damage to the northern part of Honshu island, several aquariums and zoos are short on gas, fuel, food and drinking water to both staff and facility inhabitants. The Sendai Maripia Matsushima aquarium was completely flooded, although luckily, there has been no human fatalities. The power is out at the Sendai Yagiyama Zoo, Akita Omoriyama Zoo, Morioka Zoo, Asamushi Aquarium and Hitachi Kamine Zoo. Sea mammals and birds from the Fukushima Aquarium will be moved to the Kamogawa Sea World.

If you are interested in offering your support, please click here to Donate for Japan.

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Kessil Lighting, manufacturer of innovative LED lighting for the horticulture and aquarium industries has announced the release of the A150W Aquarium light. The A150W LED aquarium light emulates a “point-like source” by using Dense Matrix LED technology. This, Kessil Lighting says, puts out “far more light than the competition”. The goal was to be able to reach the bottom of deep tank, while providing enough PAR, and the desired shimmer effect hobbyists are used to seeing with Metal Halides. The compact design ,4″ in length and 2.48″ in diameter, is an attractive feature, allowing for host of mounting options.

The A150W comes in the following colors:

10000K Special Blend
The SKY BLUE model’s distinctive spectrum emits light similar to a 10000 K light, emitting a natural looking light while providing coral with optimized wavelengths.

15000K Special Blend
This unique mix of wavelengths closely resembles a 15000 K light, creating a visually stunning effect for water and coral in your aquarium.

20000K Special Blend
The DEEP OCEAN BLUE model’s special blend of wavelengths emulates a 20000 K light for a deep blue color that brings water to life.

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Seachem manufacturers of Prime, Stability, Matrix, Purigen, Reef Salt, Reef Buffer, Reef Complete, and Reef Plus, has added Reef Phyto Plankton and Reef Zoo Plankton to their Reef line.

Reef Zooplankton provides essential fatty acids, proteins, vitamins, amino acids, with biological carotenoids for coral growth. Reef Zooplankton has a particle size range of 12.5-500 um, used to feed a variety of marine aquarium livestock.

Reef Phytoplankon is a concentrated blend of green and brown marine phytoplankton, and also provides essential fatty acids, proteins, vitamins, amino acids, with biological carotenoids, but at a particle size of 1-20 um, designed to feed various filter feeders and inverterbrates.

Both the Reef Zooplankton and Reef Phytoplankton increase bioavailability of vital nutrients, allowing corals to expend less energy in order to attain proper nutrition. Each are available in both 250 and 500ml bottles, and no refrigeration is needed.

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