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Thursday, April 1st, 2010 has announced Tony Lebres as the latest winner of their quarterly display tank contest. The second quarter of 2010 zeovit winner has display tank that is 150x80x50cm and a sump that is 80x45x40cm. Total volume is around 700 liters. Tony uses a 10x80w T5 fixture with 6 x coral Light New Generation, 2 x Fiji Purple and 2 x Superblue bulbs.

That’s running durring 10 hours,
12h // 22h Superblue
13h // 21h fiji purple.
14h // 20h New Generation

System parameters
Alkalinity: 7.5
Calcium: 410 mg
pH: 8.2
Magnesium: 1350 mg
Temperature: 24
Po4 (Phosphate): 0.02 mg
No3 (Nitrate): generally ?? mg
Salinity: 35g PSU
Density: Kg/m^3 (@ 25°C – 77°F)
The salinity is measured with a Refractometer milwaukee MR 100

ZEOvit Products:
1.2 lts of zéo stones reactor 24h/24h.
5 drops Coral Vitalizer 4x/week
Aminoacid 5 drops 4x/week
ZeoFood7 3/4 drops 2x/week
ZeoStart2 0.6ml day
B-Balance 4ml 2x/week
Pohls Xtra 1ml day
Potassium Iodine Fluoride 5 drops 3x/week
Sponge Power 5 drops day
Iode 5drops 2x/week
Water changes 10% a week.
Carbon changes 1/2l every month
Experiences with the products:
The low nutrients and a fine addition of supplements results in a natural water.
Other Miscellaneous Maintenance :
I use Tropic Marine bio activ salt

Ca / KH addition: CACO2 reaktor Shuran Jet Stream I
Water Circulation: 2x tunze 6085( occi-motion comming soon )
ZEOvit Reaktor That’s a Grotech reactor, with 450 litre/h
Protein Skimmer: The skimmer is a ATB replica tunning with a PSK 2500
Fish Feedings: I give pellets from ocean nutrition,

For complete information, please visit this tank on the ZEOvit site.

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Reef Tools is proud to announce these great news!!! For the first time in Reef Tools history, we decided to tell our visitors about a fantastic opportunity. If you currently own a reef tank, please visit this post to read more about today’s event. First we would like to thank our sponsors, for making Reef Tools possible. Next we would like to make sure the weather is beautiful and that everyone is enjoying a nice sunny day. And finally, we would like to remind all the reef hobbyists that visit Reef Tools that today is April 1st.

Come on, don’t lie, you know we got you!! Post a link to this prank somewhere else and pass on the fun!!

Here is another fun prank you can do in your office. If someone is using an optical mouse, take a post-it note, and write Happy April Fools’ day on it. Then stick it to the bottom of their mouse when they are away from their desk. Sit back and laugh.

If you have any other good pranks, please share them below in your coments.

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

A Lightning Maroon Clownfish was posted on Blue Zoo Aquatics’ website, and then quickly sold for $2500. Originating from Paupa New Guinea, the Lightning Maroon clownfish is simply stunning, with a brilliant maroon body, and marked with extremely unique “artistic” patterns. This particular fish was sent to BZA viw SEASMART, a New Guinea program designed to benefit the fisherman who collect the fish. We will post more photos of this beautiful clownfish species shortly.

Here is some info about the SEASMART program

Sustainability, Equitability and Profitability are the three core goals of the SEASMART program for the development of a marine aquarium trade in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Building on local tradition and customs, supported by international market demand, and utilising cutting edge technology and traceability mechanisms, the EcoEZ SEASMART Program is helping to create a new natural resource trade in PNG that is changing the way natural resource exploitation is carried out, ensuring local management control, resource extraction sustainability, product traceability and industry profitability.

The PNG SEASMART Program is a joint effort by the PNG National Fisheries Authority (NFA) and EcoEZ Inc. The SEASMART Program is working with PNG’s National, Provincial and local governments, educational and development institutions, the donor and investment communities, and international and local businesses to efficiently develop the marine aquarium trade throughout the country.

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Reef Nutrition, the California-based company offering a line of feeds designed to provide a complete and balanced diet for your reef, was in danger of burning down to the ground. Reef Nutrition shares office space in a building that was burned down by a suspected arson. The fire could have cause much more damage, but luckily, the portion of the building where the fire originated was built of masonry and contained no windows or doors. This prevented the fire from getting the oxygen it would need to continue to grow. Firefighters had the fire under control within an hour and a half, at which point the investigation began. It is possible that someone with prior knowledge of the space, entered the building through a hole they created in the fence. The hole was made in such a way that the alarm would not be triggered, and the investigation is ongoing at this time.

Reef Nutrition’s offices are on the second floor, right next to the burned down portion of the building. Although the offices did not burn down, they did sustain damage to a wall of glass-brick windows.”I’m amazed that my office is here at all, I’m so thankful,” said Randy Reed of Reef Nutrition on a KTVU news segment, “every one of these (glass-blocks) is broken this entire wall is shattered from end to end”. It seems that Reef Nutrition will be able to continue working out of their offices, so get your orders in!

Click here to watch the video.

[via KTVU]

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

The Lynx Nudibranch, Phidiana lynceus, is captured here in High Def by Morphologic Studios. This nudibranch, which feeds on hydroids, uses the utmost care in minimizing the amount of stinging it absorbs as it attempts to feed. Impressively, the lynx Nudibranch is able to separate both the stinging nematocysts and photosynthetic zooxanthellae from the ingested hydroids before consuming it. The Lynx Nudibranch goes on to use the zooxanthellae for energy, and the stinging nematocysts for protection from any predators it may encounter. Talk about using EVERYTHING you eat. This is another fantastic and informative video brought to you by Morphologic Studios.

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Deterioration of coral reefs around the world could lead to the demise of many nations. Reefs around the world are an integral part of the oceans’ ecosystems and food chains. Much of the fish consumed around the world, depends at least in part, on the existence and stability of the earth’s coral reefs. it is estimated that over a billion people depend on these fish for both food and livelihood.

Several studies have shown that reefs around the world are headed for extinction due to low oxygen levels, global warming, and damage caused by fishing boats. “You could argue that a complete collapse of the marine ecosystem would be one of the consequences of losing corals,” said Old Dominion University professor Kent Carpenter, director of a Worldwide Census of Marine Species. “You’re going to have a tremendous cascade effect for all life in the oceans.”

So what impact could this have? Well, as the reefs disintegrate, the impact travels up the food chain, and commonly consumed species lose their food source and become scarce. This will also impact other invertebrates that play a large part in the marine food industry. The economic implications should not be overlooked as the fishing industry employs over 160 million people worldwide. In addition to effecting the availability of a food source, the income provided by snorkeling, scuba diving, and other resort activities which rely on the existence of such reefs is in danger. Hawaii, Florida, many Caribbean and Southeast Asia countries rely on tourism as a major source of income. Some regularly comprise almost half of their national gross product from tourist activity based in reef and coral related experiences.

Marine biologist Jane Lubchenco says “Reefs are precious sources of food, medicine and livelihoods for hundreds of thousands around the world. They are also special places of renewal and recreation for thousands more. Their exotic beauty and diverse bounty are global treasures.”

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

The Internal Mini Protein Skimmer 115 by AquaticLife is a compact skimmer, ideal for nano reef tanks up to 30 gallons. Sporting a streamlined design, the Internal Mini Protein Skimmer 115 uses a needle wheel impeller to increase air-to-water contact, and therefore eliminate more organic waste. Designed for internal placement, this protein skimmer has an adjustable mounting bracket that fits standard aquarium frames, as well as suction cups that can be used when needed.

Some nice features of the Internal Mini Protein Skimmer 115 are a water flow control knob, tubeless housing design for easy installation, tinted ABS housing for durability, an CE certified high-efficiency pump, and a large reaction chamber.


  • Power Cord Length: 1.4 M / 4.5 ft
  • Pump Wattage: 8W
  • Dimensions: 27 x 8 x 8 cm / 10.5 x 3 x 3 in
  • Collection Cup Volume: 100 ml / 3.4 fl.oz.
  • Collection Cup Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 8 cm / 2 x 2 x 3 in
  • Min. Clearance Above Water Line: 9.5 cm / 3.75 in
Monday, March 29th, 2010

The Voyager 1 Stream Pump by Sicce USA is a new, patented stream pump for marine aquariums, nano reefs, and fresh water aquariums. With it’s 360 degree pump rotation, the Voyager 1 Stream Pump can deliver flow rates ranging between 265 and 607 gallons per hour. Using only 8 watts, this powerhead utilizes a rotating head to created variable flow, ideal for reef tanks. This innovative approach offers variability on multiple levels: rate of flow, direction of flow, speed of the rotating deflection, and 360 degrees of pump rotation. The Voyager 1 Stream Pump helps prevent dead spots, leading to cleaner water and improved water parameters. The pump can be mounted using suction cups and magnets.

The Voyager 1 Stream Pump retails for about $42.

Monday, March 29th, 2010

The CPR In-Tank Refugium is a great idea for those of us who want a refugium but are not running a sump. The CPR In-Tank Refugium can serve as temporary housing for appropriately sized fish and invertebrate additions, or a safe house for injured fish. This can help injured livestock regenerate damaged tissue without being harassed by aggressive tank members.

Another popular use for a refugium, is as a culturing area for small pods that can be used a an excellent source of food for any carnivorous tankmates (free food!). The CPR In-Tank Refugium is supplied with a Rio pump that constantly circulates water through the refugium. The refugium is also supplied with suction cups for easy mounting.

Dimensions available:
CITRS 7 3/4″ x 4″ x 7 1/2″
CITRL 12″ x 6″ x 8″

This product is on sale at Marine Depot for the rest of the day for Only: $47.99


Saturday, March 27th, 2010

The coralSky SL LED lighting system is the latest release from CSI Energy. CSI Energy, formed in the summer of 2008, was introduced to the reef community when it launched it’s coralSky Versa LED lighting system back in March of 2009.

The coralSky SL (for Supplemental Lighting) was designed specifically to supplement (of course) existing lighting setups. The coralSky SL can add some blue to Metal Halides lighting systems, as well as be used as a dawn/dusk light. In T5 applications, the SL is said to provide an element of shimmer that is always missing. This system, powered by a stand-alone AC/DC driver relies on passive cooling and requires no fans. The coralSky SL is reported to product 160 PAR at 12″ distance, and is available from either with ($269.00) or without optics ($249.00).

Here are photos of the coralSkly SL at the ReefStock.

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