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Monday, May 24th, 2010

Ecoxotic has just released their PAR38 Aquarium LED Lights. Whether you want to light your nano tank, spot-fill dark spots in your larger tank, or highlight a particular showpiece? Well the PAR38 by Ecoxotic can be your answer. These powerful spotlights sport 5 high-power Cree LEDs with focusing lenses, delivering a bright light that brings out the colors of your corals, and produces a pleasant shimmer.

The PAR38 LED lamps are designed to fit into standard E26/E27 screw-in sockets. Ecoxotic is shipping these lamps for free, and you can save an additional 5% when ordering 3 or more

Monday, May 24th, 2010
Don’t miss a HUGE Memorial Weekend sale!

Memorial Weekend Sale!!

Reef Tools Sponsor HelloLights has been having a lot of requests for another  promotion, so get ready because this Friday (5/28), Saturday (5/29), Sunday (5/30) and Monday (5/31) they are having the biggest sale in Hellolights history.

HelloLights  are offering 10% off of every item in the store for all four days!
Coupon Code: Memorial2010

20% off all Metal Halide lamps
Coupon Code: MemorialMH2010

20% off all JBJ NanoCubes and Stands
Coupon Code: MemorialNano2010

follow these links to automatically apply the discount

10% off
20% Off Metal Halide
20% of JBJ NanoCubes

Code valid through 5/31/10

Only one coupon code can be used per order
Friday, May 21st, 2010

The Midwest Marine Conference (MMC) 2010 begins today. Urging hobbyists to think REEF – Refocusing on Efficient and Effective Fundamentals, MMC focuses on reducing losses, reducing impact, and pushing towards a more self-sustainable hobby. Brought to hobbyists by The Marinelife Aquarium Society of Michigan, and The Cranbrook Institute of Science, the three day event includes a Social Reception with speakers and industry leaders, speaker sessions, a frag swap, a huge livestock and dry goods raffle, and a large exhibit hall full of national and local vendors.

For more info, please visit:

The list of speakers includes:

LED lighting Technologies – Jake Adams
Jake Adams is a professional, practicing aquarist who has been an active participant in the national marine aquarium community for over 10 years. He has been educating aquarists of a wide range of marine aquarium topics through frequent articles, podcasts and presentations around the country. He recently founded which provides a free downloadable guide to coral identification for mobile devices and home computers. Jake has a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Science and he will be returning to graduate school to further pursue research in the field of coral reef ecology.


Angelfish in Reef Aquaria: From QT and Adaptation to Pairing and Spawning – John Coppolino
John Coppolino’s innate passion for fish was nurtured growing up on an island on a lake in Northern New Jersey with a fish loving father and a mother allergic to everything with fur and feathers! A saltwater hobbyist since age 11, John began working at a large regional aquarium store as soon as he obtained working papers in high school, and in college went on to study reef fish in Bermuda and the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador where he lived (and met his wife!) for about two years after obtaining his B.S. in biology.
Now 31 years old, John lives in Northern Virginia with his wonderfully supportive wife and two young children, and keeps over 1000 gallons of saltwater aquariums with about twenty angelfish spread throughout, with most in pairs or harems in reef tanks. These include a trio of Pygoplites diacanthus (regal angelfish), a trio of Centropyge joculator (joculator angelfish), and the mixed species pair of Centropyge resplendens / Centropyge fisheri that created the first tank bred hybrid angelfish.
John travels yearly with work to Hawaii and Guam, where most free time is spent underwater! John writes articles and has spoken at conferences and reef clubs on the topic of angelfish, and has contributed to the newly published book “Angelfishes of the World”.


Creeps From the Deep and Other Stories – Michael DeGruy
An award-winning filmmaker and television host specializing in natural history and underwater programming, deGruy’s 25+ year career has allowed him to produce and film in the world’s most remote and spectacular locations. deGruy founded the Santa Barbara based Production Company, The Film Crew, Inc., in 1979. The Film Crew houses full production and post-production facilities. Mike deGruy has a BS in Marine Zoology and three years of a PhD program in Marine Biology at the University of Hawaii. He sits on three boards in Santa Barbara and speaks frequently in International venues. Mike has been involved in the production of over 20 films including Tempest From the Deep, Blue Planet, Pacific Abyss, and Last Mysteries of the Titanic. Mike has also been the recipient of over 30 National and International awards including multiple EMMY’s.


Reef Aquarium System Design: Principles and Good Practices – Sanjay Joshi
Sanjay Joshi in real life is a Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State University. He has been a reef addict since 1992, and currently keeps 3 reefs at home 29G, 55G and a 500G SPS dominated reef. He also co-manages the 500G aquarium at Penn State. He has published several articles in magazines such as Marine Fish and Reef Annual, Aquarium Frontiers, Aquarium Fish, and Advanced Aquarist. In addition he has been an invited speaker at several marine aquarium society meetings. He received the MASNA award in 2006, for his contributions to the marine aquarium hobby.


Responsible Marine Fish Purchases for Marine Aquaria – Kevin Kohen
Kevin Kohen earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Wright State University, and is an avid marine life photographer, lifelong aquarist, and marine fish enthusiast. He was one of the early pioneers maintaining live corals in captivity back in the early 80’s. He began his professional career in the marine fish industry working in a retail fish store, and then moved on to manage the operations of one of the largest freshwater and marine fish wholesale and import/export businesses in the Midwest for over eight years. From there, he ventured on to launch the web site, and designed and oversaw the installation of the Drs. Foster & Smith Aquaculture Coral & Marine Life Facility. He currently oversees the operations of the facility, and is responsible for the acquisition of the animals, as well as their husbandry.


Exploring the Twilight Zone: New Technology to find New Species – Richard Pyle
Richard Pyle was born and raised in Hawaii, where his passion for “all things fish” began at a very early age. Earning his PhD under the tutelage of John E. Randall, Richard focused his efforts on discovering new species. Determined to continue exploring of the coral-reef “Twilight Zone” (200-500 feet deep) in a safe and responsible way, he was among the pioneers of modern Technical Diving in the late 1980’s, and has traveled the Pacific in search of new species of fishes on deep coral reefs. Richard’s other focus is the development of computer database systems, primarily to manage systematic and biogeographic information. He works as Database Coordinator for the Bernice P. Bishop Museum in Honolulu, which is a partner of the Pacific Basin Information Node (PBIN), part of the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII). Richard is an active participant in international groups that develop standards for biodiversity information management and exchange, and has been charged with the task of developing ZooBank – the proposed formal registry of all scientific names for animals. He has authored over a hundred scientific, technical, and popular articles and has been featured in dozens of documentary films. He helped form a non-profit organization dedicated to conducting innovative scientific exploration using advanced diving equipment and techniques, and has received a number of national and international awards, and serves on the International Commission for Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN), the organizational body that has, for the past 114 years, governed the way that animals receive their formal scientific names.

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Skimz was in full effect at this year’s Interzoo showcasing their latest products. Skimz, displayed their latest product lines of sexy skimmers, efficient pumps, nano tanks, and more. Visitors at Interzoo 2010 got to see some of the Skimz skimmers at work, and experience first hand the outstanding performance and quiet operation. These skimmers look more like something Nasa put together, with their modern designs, and a complete line of features. Both internal and external models where included in the display.

Check out the SM251, this design puts the pump/s inside the reaction chamber, and is a real life-saver for users who are short on space, but want high-end performance. There is much more to come from Skimz, so check back soon.

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Last month, we informed you of a Coral Restoration event being held at IceCap. Well, the time is nearing, and featured guest Ken Nedimyer will be at IceCap headquarters between 1-5PM. Ken will be speaking about the development of the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRS).

In addition, IceCap will be offering 20% off all lighting products, as well as a special 50% off sale for “Scratch and Dent” Reef Illumination fixtures. IceCap is supporting the CRS with a donation of $1,500, plus a portion of the proceeds.

The event is being held with the support of the NJ Reefers Club and Premium Aquatics.

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

What has the head of a horse, tail like a monkey, eyes that move independently of each other, and can change it’s skin color? You got it, a seahorse. These enchanting creatures are fighting for survival, as the traditional Chinese Medicine market continues to go unchecked. Seahorse Sleuths, local scientists who are currently working to discover the secrets of these beautiful and delicate creatures. They created a database of seahorse species that are identified by DNA sequences, using a computer system developed at the University of Auckland.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is used by at least a quarter of the world’s population. Seahorses, a popular item at TCM markets, are used to treat conditions ranging from Asthma to sexual dysfunction. An estimated 25 million seahorses are pulled from the world’s oceans to supply the demands of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Please watch the video for much more info! Also, visit Seahorse Sleuth and check out their website.

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Here is a preview of Coral Magazine Magazine May/June Issue. This issue of Coral dedicated it’s cover to Pygmy Seahorses, and highlights Incredible Zoanthids, Underwater Maldives, and The Ultimate Refugium. Here are some preview excerpts:

Pygmy Seahorses
So tiny and perfectly camouflaged that they escaped the eyes of divers and marine scientists for decades, the Pygmy Seahorses are fascinating creatures and perhaps the subject of future aquarium husbandry efforts if their behaviors and feeding habits can be deciphered.

The Ultimate Refugium
With some environmentalists calling for extreme protections of stony corals in the wild, Dr. Ronald Shimek powerfully points out how they are wrong. Changing acidity levels in the world’s oceans spell major trouble for coral reefs in the coming decades, and Shimek argues that reef aquariums may be the ultimate safe haven for truly endangered corals and other marine species.

Maldives Revisited
Fish behavioral expert Prof. Ellen Thaler heads to the shallow atoll waters of the Maldives to record the interactions of different species and the state of reefs hit by major bleaching events.

In Praise of ZOAS
A long-awaited full feature on Zoanthus spp. polyps by marine biologist, collector, and aquaculturist Colin Foord details the natural history and keeping “not always easy” of the flamboyant and irresistible zoas or zoos.

[via Coral Magazine]

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

The Eco-Aqua LED by Arcadia “represent a huge step forward in aquatic LED lighting.” The Eco-Aqua LED was designed to provide the same color spectrum as Acradia fluorescent bulbs. This LED strip blends together various LED bulb colors to achieve vivid, yet natural-looking, output. Unlike fluorescent bulbs, which Arcadia says tend to
flatten the look of an aquarium, the Eco-Aqua creates shadows and a shimmer, giving the aquarium a more three dimensional look. As with most LED products, energy consumption is quite low, and the expected lifespan of over 50,000 hours eliminates the cost of regular lamp changes.


  • Sized to replace T8 fluorescent lamps
  • Lamps are sized to fit between existing T8 lamp holders
  • Multiple coloured light sources provide a more natural ‘three dimensional’ appearance
  • Low energy consumption – Typically 40% of that of a similarly sized T8 lamp and ballast
  • Long life span – (average of 50,000 hours normal use)
  • Reduced carbon footprint – uses 40% less electricity than T8 lamps and will last between 2-3 times as long
  • Contains no mercury
  • 2 Year Guarantee
  • Supplied with fixing clips suitable for wood, plastic and glass* installation

Eco-Aqua Daylight

Spectacular natural colour rendition with a high (>8K) colour temperature equally suited for Freshwater or Marine aquariums.

Eco-Aqua Tropical

Warm colour that enhances the red colours of fish and plants without flattening the iridescent blues of many tropical fish.

Eco-Aqua Marine Blue

Combining deep blue, light blue and violet LEDs results in a spectacular actinic moonlight colour, ideal for marine or freshwater aquariums. Can be mixed with Daylight lamps for marine systems.

Monday, May 17th, 2010

John Holland, a construction company, is currently facing 38 charges after it allegedly released contaminated substances while doing some sandblasting near Bowen and Mackay in north Queensland. A John Holland spokesman says that the company is planning on defending the charges brought forward by the Queensland Government later this year.

Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett said that he was satisfied with the Government’s response, and that he plans on taking note, and addressing, any activity that may affect these significant waters. Garrent went on to say “We’ll continue to make sure that the highest environmental standards are applied to any … activity that takes place which can have any sort of impact on the Great Barrier Reef”.

Mackay Conservation Group group coordinator Patricia Julien added that “Our understanding is that garnet is used, it’s quite effective in removing paint from the terminals, they call it sandblasting, and the concerns were as I understand it that there were contaminants in the paint. Things like barium, chromium, zinc, cadmium and nano materials.”

At this point, the Department of Environment and Resources has not confirmed whether the contaminated material was paint.

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Tunze is at it again. In May of this year, the Tunze Turbelle nanostream 6045 will be controllable. Tunze is adding flow control for their popular powerhead so that it can be used in tanks as small as 10 gallons. This added versatility will allow hobbyists with nano tank, adjust the flow and placement, and achieve their desired flow rate. This upgrade will allow for consistent wide flow at all available flow rate. Many mods have been used in the past to try to play around with the flow pattern and it’s intensity, but it looks like Tunze has taken the right steps, and made their nanostream 6045 even better!! We can’t wait to see these babies in action.

Turbelle® nanostream® 6045
For aquariums from 40 to 500 litres (10.5 to 132 USgal.)
Flow rate: 1,500 to 4,500 l/h (396 to 1,188 USgal./h)
Energy consumption: 5 to 7 W
Voltage / frequency: 230 V / 50 Hz (115 V / 60 Hz)
Cable length: 2 m (8.7 in.)
Dimensions: diam. 70 mm (2.75 in.)
Ejection: diam. 40/15 mm (1.5 / .59 in.)

[via Tunze]

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