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Monday, April 19th, 2010

MASNA has just accepted the Greater Iowa Reef Society (GIRS) bid to host the 2011 MACNA. The Marine Aquarium Conference of North America will be held in Des Moines on Sept 9th through the 11th. The event is expected to draw 100+ vendors, 1000+ attendees, and over a dozen of speakers. GIRS is “gearing up” to take on this task by forming a committee dedicated to organizing the event. MACNA

For more information about this years event, please visit the MACNA 2010 website.

The Marine Aquarium Conference of North America, (MACNA) is the largest and oldest marine aquarium conference held in the US and Canada.
Hobbyists at all skill levels have been enjoying MACNA for over twenty years. Aquarium enthusiasts and avid reef keepers will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with peers and professionals. Learn from leading researchers in the fields of aquaculture, marine biology, diving and oceanography. Discover new technologies and purchase cutting edge equipment. Conference attendees will have an opportunity to purchase some of finest handpicked corals from over 100 vendors. More Information on Registration.

But that’s not all! Get ready for a huge raffle. Marine reef keeping equipment, supplies and countless other highly sought after items will all be raffled off. You can purchase your raffle tickets when you register for your full conference pass. Enjoy the open bar and reception dinner Friday night, as well as the spectacular Saturday night banquet!

MACNA XXII will be held in sunny Orlando Florida at the world’s largest Marriott Resort and Convention Hotel on September 3-5, 2010 (Labor Day Weekend). Yes, MACNA will only be minutes from Walt Disney World®, Sea World, and Universal Studios. Check out the Travel Page for more information on this amazing resort and the Attraction Information page for Discounted Tickets to Walt Disney World® and many other theme parks.
Don’t miss this opportunity to Register NOW while conference ticket prices are low.

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Remember Shen Neng 1, the Chinese Oil Tanker? The vessel ran aground off Queensland’s coast several weeks ago. Well, needless to say, it decimated the nearby reefs, and many are curious as to the scope of the damage. A research vessel carrying a team of marine scientists led by the Australian Institute of Marine Science, is set to begin searching for answers. The 24 meter, RV Cape Ferguson, is currently on it’s way south to the grounding site. As you may already know, the Tanker was removed last Monday night, leaving it’s Great Barrier Reef grounding site accessible for such an investigation.

The team intends to assess the severity of the damage caused by the actual grounding, as well as the potential level of contamination from antifouling paint (paint which prevents the growth of barnacles, weed, and other water life on the submersed hull of vessel). Dr Andrew Negri, the AIMS vessel leader, said the team will use a multi-beam sonar to map the sea floor, and quantify the physical damage. “This instrument can resolve the seabed to less than 10 centimetres, which means it will accurately record the damage caused by the ship’s hull,” said Negri.

Many large vessels use antifouling paint, which usually contains toxic chemicals such as heavy metals and herbicides. As the ship was scraping against the reef, this paint was literally scratched off of the ship, and onto the underlying reef. Sediment samples will be taken and analyzed by the team, in order to provide a contamination assessment.

We’ll provide up-to-date info as it is released.


Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Here is a video of a camera-shy octopus that decided to take things into it’s own tentacles. This video, posted on, shows what happens when an amateur camera man decides to video an octopus while diving near the Wahine Memorial, between Breaker By and Moa Point on Wellington’s south coast.

With humorous sub-titles, the story is narrated by the diver, which ultimately has to make an interesting trade with the octopus, in order to get his camera back!

Friday, April 16th, 2010

The XLamp XM LED module performance results were announced on April 12th. The single-chip LED module from by Cree blasted out 160 lumens per watt, and by so doing, set a new records for efficiency. These results were produced with cool white XM LED driven at 350 mA, and incorporated a larger footprint which offered very high efficacy at very high drive currents. Clearly, this opens the door to creating more efficient fixtures for the reefkeeping hobby, and will ultimately result in even greater savings (after the initial investment of course). It is reasonable to assume that several companies will begin testing these new options once they are released, and we are very excited to see the results of these tests. These new XLamp XM LEDs should be available in the Fall of 2010.

Cree Announces Revolutionary New LED Platform Delivering 160 Lumens per Watt

XLamp® XM LEDs Are Most Efficient Lighting-Class LEDs in the Industry

DURHAM, N.C., April 12, 2010 — Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE), a market leader in LED lighting, announces a breakthrough new lighting-class LED platform, the XLamp® XM LED. This new single chip LED delivers record-breaking efficacy of 160 lumens per watt at 350 mA. The LED also delivers 750 lumens at 2 A, which is equivalent to the light output of a 60 W incandescent light bulb at less than 7 watts.

“This new platform continues Cree’s well-established record of turning R&D innovations into products,” said Chuck Swoboda, Cree chairman and CEO. “We continue to set the pace for LED performance, establishing new benchmarks that make you wonder why anyone would consider last-century’s energy-wasting technology.”

A cool white XM LED driven at 350 mA can produce 160 lumens at 160 lumens per watt. The new platform has a larger footprint than Cree’s XP family and also offers the unique combination of very high efficacy at very high drive currents. At 2 A, an XM LED produces 750 lumens at 110 lumens per watt. The thermal resistance of the XM platform is 2 de

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Eshopps has just come out with a new Magnetic Probe Holder. For quite a while now, hobbyists have been using DIY versions of this product to hold their various probes in place, but Eshopps has just made everything much easier. Designed from heavy duty acrylic, this dual-purpose holder, will hold your pH and/or ORP probes as well as the outlet tubing coming out of your Calcium Reactor (CaRx). This saves you from having to use any zip-ties to hold the tubing in place, and ensures that it does not go spraying effluent everywhere. The strong magnets provided with this holder, make it very easy to move the holder around the sump, while testing different locations. This is also a great feature during sump cleaning. The Eshopps Magnetic Probe Holder should be available early this summer, and the cost should be under $30. We’ll let you know as soon as it is available for purchase.

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Seachem Reef Fusion 1 and Reef Fusion 2 provide the basic essentials for any reef system. Reef Fusion 1 maintains Calcium levels, as well as providing biologically appropriate levels of magnesium, strontium, boron, iron, manganese, and molybdenum. Reef Fusion 2, which contains a mixture of carbonates and bicarbonates at an alkalinity of 4400 meq/L, will help you maintain alkalinity, and provide carbonate necessary for coral growth.

Seachem says that their two part system is designed to by used in a simple 1:1 ratio, and that it is the most concentrated two-part system on the market. We have had a chance to use Seachem’s Reef Fusion 1 and Reef Fusion 2 on our system for the past month, and have been happy with the results.

Guaranteed Analysis – Reef Fusion 1

Calcium (min)
95 mg
Calcium (max)
105 mg
5 mg
0.1 mg
0.020 mg
0.0005 mg
0.0001 mg
0.0005 mg
0.014 mg

Amounts per 1 g

Ingredients: Calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, strontium chloride, rubidium chloride, sodium tetraborate, iron chloride, sodium molybdate, manganese sulfate

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Over 354 attendants have registered, and hundreds more expected at today’s 17th Annual All Ohio Frag Swap. The swap, sponsored by C-Sea,  will be held at the North Olmsted Community Cabin, 28114 Lorain Rd, North Olmstead, OH 44070. The doors open to the public at 11 a.m.

The All Ohio Frag Swap has grown in popularity over the past few years, with both vendor and attendant number rising steadily. Last year’s even was a huge success, as hundreds of reef hobbyists swarmed over full crop of some of the nicest corals  around. This year’s event promises to raise the bar ones again, displaying the latest and greatest in reef gadgets and gizmos, and an even better raffle.

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Shortly after revealing their captive bred mandarins, Oceans Reefs and Aquariums (ORA) has announced the release of their latest clownfish species, the ORA Midnight Clownfish, and the ORA Domino Clownfish.

Similar in shape to their famous orange “naked” clownfish, ORA has cooked up an all black Ocellaris, cleverly named the ORA Midnight Clownfish. This species lacks any markings, and has just a hint of orange on it’s face, which is reported to disappear with age. The ORA Domino Clownfish, is an occasional mutation of the Midnight Clown, and are distinguished by a white dot on their cheek.

Here is the official press release from ORA:

ORA Introduces the Midnight Clown

Last month at Global Pet Expo 2010 we unveiled our newest designer clownfish. The ORA Midnight Clown is an all black clown with no stripes. It is the result of a natural mutation found in ORA’s grow-out systems and was selectively bred over the past year.

While maybe not for purists, we are sure that clownfish aficionados will be thrilled with this newest entry, and a devoted collector could now have an all-orange, a near all-white and an all-black ocellaris clownfish.

Just as with the natural Black Ocellaris variation, the Midnight Clown starts out life with an orange color that turns black as it ages. The new Midnights available from ORA have almost completely transformed to black, but may have a touch of their juvenile orange left. They will finish becoming all black as they reach maturity. The offspring run the gamut from being completely naked to uniquely patterned extreme misbars.

Occasionally we find Midnight Clowns with cheek dots and taking Julian Sprung’s advice, we’re nicknaming those “Dominos.” This exceptional color morph is yet another example of the power of selective breeding in aquaculture.

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

The Shen Neng 1, a Chinese coal and oil ship, ran aground late last Saturday right off Queensland’s coast. The 230 meter freighter was carrying about 65,000 tons of coal and 950 tons of oil. The incident punctured at least one of the fuel tanks, and an effort to transfer the oil to other tanks within the ship began immediately. Australian officials report that very little oil has leaked, due to the fact that saltwater quickly surged into the ship, and the oil floated to the top. At this point, there are no accurate reports on the amount of oil may have leaked.

Tugboats are in the process of attempting to stabilize the ship, but this process may take a while. Patrick Quirk, Queensland’s maritime safety general manager declared “This is actually a delicate operation, and we won’t be rushing it.” Another vessel will be used to upload fuel from the Shen Neng 1 beginning today or tomorrow.

Australia’s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was furious about the incident, in particular the fact that the vessel was more than 7 miles outside of the authorized shipping channel. A full investigation will be launched, and if found liable, the ship’s captain faces up to three years in prison, and the vessel’s owner face a fine of more than $5 million. Rudd went on to say, “From where I sit, it is outrageous that any vessel could find itself 12 kilometers off course, it seems, in the Great Barrier Reef.”

Accusations by environmentalists have surfaced, claiming that the ship’s crew intentionally attempted to take shortcuts through the reef in an attempt to save time.

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Here are a few links to some new products we just added to our website & super sales. If you have any questions please feel free to email us at or call 317-895-9005 or use our new Live Chat feature available from 10am-6pm M-Friday.


Icecap 4′ T5/LED Silver Hood – FREE BULBS & SHIPPING
ON SALE $549.99
reg 649.99
10A IEC Quick Connect Plug Set
Price: $11.99
Hydor New Koralia’s ON SALE
Koralia Evolution 750 $31.99
Koralia Evolution 1050
Koralia Evolution 1400 $46.99
Koralia Nano 240 $23.99
Koralia Nano 425 $26.39
Wavepoint T5 Hoods
24″ 4x24w T5 Lighting System
36in 4x39w T5 Lighting System
48in 4x54w T5 Lighting System
24in 2x24w T5 Lighting System
36in 2x39w T5 Lighting System
48in 2x54w T5 Lighting System
Turbelle Nano Stream 6045
On sale $76.05, reg 90.16
Wavepoint T5 RETRO
24in T5 4 Lamp Retrofit Kit
36in T5 4 Lamp Retrofit Kit
48in T5 4 Lamp Retrofit Kit
Wavepoint T5 Replacement Bulbs
Eheim`s new superior biological media that improves and optimizes the performance of Ehfisubstrat.
A coarse mechanical filter material which is to be used as bottom layer filtering.


EHEIM FILTER PAD SET 2026/2126/2028/2128 $10.99
EHEIM FILTER PAD SET for professionel 2222/2224 $9.99
EHEIM COARSE BLUE PAD 2213 Price: $6.99
EHEIM COARSE BLUE PAD 2215 Price: $9.99
EHEIM COARSE BLUE PAD 2217 Price: $12.99
Blue Moon Aquatics 90w LED Fixture …more info.
Price: $499.99
Hanna Pocket Photometer Phosphate …more info.
Price: $39.49

Hanna Pocket Photometers Phosphate reagents (25) …more info.
Price: $8.99

Vertex RO Vertex RO Sale -$99.99 original price 129.99. Ends April 12th.
Vertex Puratek 100 GPD RO SYSTEM
hydor Tom Aquarium Aquatic Gardener 27 1/4″ …more info.
Price: $12.49
seaswirl sale Tom Aquarium Hatch N’ Feeder Brine Shrimp Hatchery …more info.
Price: $14.99
hydor Tom Aquarium Temp Alert Farenheit Digital Thermometer …more info.
Price: $21.49
seaswirl sale Red Sea Hydrometer with integrated digital thermometer …more info.
Price: $9.99
hydor Hydor BLOW OUT PRICE on 2009
Hydor KORALIA 1 $16.99
Hydor KORALIA Nano $13.99
seaswirl sale Seaswirl Sale – 20% off original price. Ends April 17th.
Aquarium Currents Sea Swirl 1/2
Aquarium Currents Sea Swirl 3/4
Aquarium Currents Sea Swirl
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